True Healing vs. the Quick Fix


    Many of my chiropractic patients have shown me the need to address the difference between receiving a “quick fix” to make the symptoms go away and “true healing” to address the reason for the pain and to make changes accordingly. True healing involves going through different layers of being to integrate a healing of all of the aspects of self: spiritual, mental, emotional, as well as physical.

    What I am trying to do in my practice is address the symptoms, cause, effect, repair and process of obtaining balance and wholeness. I take a particular symptom of concern to my patient, and if it is the highest priority of the body to address, I facilitate the process of balancing the body back into wholeness. The body heals itself. It is not a “quick fix” process and may take a couple of sessions to address the same issue.

    Because of the orientation of medical modalities in the late 20th century, patients are not accustomed to taking responsibility for their own healing process (i.e., they expect the doctor to know what to do and just do it). Secondly, patients have not learned to be patient in their healing process. “Just get rid of the pain, Doc, so I can get back to my life,” …the lifestyle itself having usually caused the problem in the first place.

    It is true that something that would be considered acute could be dealt with in one session, but a problem that has existed for a number of years will have taken a toll on all of the energy systems of the body to keep a person functioning. It takes time, usually several sessions, to process the body back to a balanced state on that issue.

    This is only the beginning of “true healing.” The body — including mind, soul, and spirit — of that person also needs to process the healing work within itself. This may happen concurrently with or after the treatment has occurred, as the person makes the changes called for in order to heal. The person facilitates the body’s own healing processes by resting, exercising, using good nutrition or other home care that might be required. The body’s healing process takes time and requires patience.

    Health Kinesiology (HK) is the modality with which I facilitate the communication between the Mind/Body of the patient and the conscious awareness of the patient/doctor team. Through a series of questions, we can find out what the Mind/Body needs to obtain balance for the current layer of healing.

    Health Kinesiology works best by respecting body priority. For instance, if someone were in a car accident, it is possible that the adjustment to the neck chiropractors usually give might not be what the body wants immediately. In fact, an adjustment might actually be an added stressor. Using HK, I can ask the patient to think of the accident itself as I hold certain points (delineated by the body) while the mindset and emotional stress from the accident can be relieved. Afterwards, perhaps the body wants heat and/or ice to be applied to relieve the inflammation or muscle spasm. Only then might the body request a structural adjustment. This process of respecting the body’s requests gets much quicker and longer-lasting results.

    We can often be sick with the same symptoms in an apparently acute condition repeated over and over again, because we are not listening to a message from an inner part of ourselves. The body conspires with these inner parts and communicates these needs finally through pain, if we have not listened to other more subtle messages. If one were to be constantly plagued with a cold turning into a serious cough, for example, perhaps that person is ignoring some aspect of her or his lifestyle that is in need of change. HK can help us to find out what those changes needed are and how to implement them. It even addresses the fear one might have in going through a lifestyle change, whether it be eating more nutritiously, or resting, or taking a vacation, or starting to do what that person wants to do, rather than what everybody else wants him or her to do.

    I recently was asked the question by a patient: “What is that part of ourselves that so successfully keeps us separate from those other parts of ourselves that are trying to send us messages, and finally, in desperation, cause pain to get us to listen?”

    According to many of the recent publications on this subject, this part is called the negative inner adult. This driving force uses the logic of linear thinking, combined with fear, to run a constant monologue. This self-talk is a habitual mindset that says, “If I don’t keep running my life at this pace, (ignoring the signals the body and inner child are sending,) then I won’t be able to support my family in the way they are accustomed; I won’t be able to send my children to college; I won’t be able to build up my retirement; I won’t, I won’t, I won’t!”

    Many people are run by these inner tapes without realizing they do have the power to change the tapes and reprogram their self-talk to be life-supportive. Otherwise, if they continue to choose to ignore the signals, disease and early death often come to interrupt what they had been telling themselves they had to accomplish.

    Besides the lesson to slow down and listen to one’s inner needs, there are many other lessons to learn from the teachers — Pain and Disease. Perhaps one needs to get a completely new perspective about what is important in life. One begins to ask oneself, “Have I communed with any beauty today?” And then find something or someone to appreciate. Perhaps it is a new way of eating or taking time to go for long walks in nature or gardening. Maybe a job change is in order. These nourishing kinds of activities will accelerate one’s ability to heal by actually making one receptive to all the options available.

    Once these changes unfold, the body begins to heal. HK can help delineate the steps to take to continue that process. Soon, as the patient listens to their body during the HK sessions, he or she will begin to recognize the voice of her or his Inner Knowing and recognize what needs to be taken care of in the present moment. It becomes a habit to listen to those current needs and desires. Soon, fear of the future is no longer the driving force in one’s life.

    The bottom line: Pain does not have to be a de facto companion and Disease is not a necessary teacher.

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    1. Chiropractic saves patients money by reducing their need for pain medication. Many drugs merely mask pain without addressing its underlying cause. Chiropractic goes to the root of the problem, helping patients live pain-free without the use of medication.


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