But what about my Low Back Pain?

Most people who make a decision to change the course of their health do so for a specific reason. Maybe it’s chronic neck pain, or possibly low back pain. It could be that their energy is low, preventing them from enjoying life the way they desire.LBP

I recently recalled a story that was shared many years ago by Dr. Donald Epstein, D.C., the creator of Network Spinal Analysis, yes, the same care you receive in my office. He described a middle aged male who sought care in his office for chronic lower back pain. Dr. Epstein adjusted him for several weeks, and then every visit or two, and he would check in with his patient and get a sense of how his life was changing.  Every time he would ask the question, his patient would answer with his arms crossed in front of him, “My back still hurts me. I haven’t noticed any improvement.” This went on visit after visit, and it was perplexing to Dr. Epstein. He was observing spinal improvements in the patient, and he wondered why the patient was not aware of any improvements.

One visit, the patient brought his young son to the office to accompany him. After he adjusted his patient, Dr. Epstein asked the son, “what have you noticed different about your daddy?” The boy answered, “Well, for one, Daddy is not hitting Mommy as much anymore.”

-What do your symptoms mean to you?

-Are you able to separate your physical pain from your emotional pain?

-As you heal physically, what improvements do you see emotionally or psychologically?

-Isn’t it great that the physical and emotional are connected?

-As a patient, are you so focused on the improvement of your symptoms that you lose perspective of what is improving about YOU?

How much Baggage are you Carrying

When I worked in New York City years ago, I carried a large briefcase to all my appointments. I can remember at the end of the day the toll that physical stress took on my body. My back was sore, my neck was stiff, and my energy was very low.

What about the toll that the stresses of YOUR life take on you?emotional baggage

The other day, I was having a conversation with one of my patients about the progress they had been making. (For the purpose of anonymity, I will refer to my patient as “Pat.”) Pat then told me about some “conditions” that Pat had not told me about when Pat first started care.

What were those conditions?

-Anxiety

-Feeling stressed out

-Attention problems, starting early in life in school, and continuing through the adulthood.

My experience has been that when people experience conditions such as the above at an early age, they are often associated with difficulty dealing with emotional traumas. I asked about any childhood traumas. YES, there was a significant emotional trauma that occurred when Pat was two. On a scale of 1-10, this was a 10. We began to connect the dots. What would happen if you had experienced a trauma that your Nervous System was not able to successfully adapt to? What kind of effect could that have on you, a day later, a year later, a decade later?

Now that Pat is receiving care in my office, Pat is starting to notice how the stresses Pat experienced have affected Pat’s life. Pat is now seeing the cause/effect relationship between trauma and health, how conditions are labeled, and stick for life. Pat is observing that things do not have to be that way. If you never develop the ability to successfully adapt to the emotion stress of your life, especially your childhood, you run the risk of being stuck with all that baggage!

Wouldn’t a healthier choice be to unload that baggage, so that you are free to express your health and life that way it was meant to be expressed?

Network Care and Memories, Stories, and Emotions

When you start Network Care, your body goes through tremendous changes as it re-establishes connections with the brain. Often we’re managing pain, or emotional suffering, or both. As the body begins to unravel its spooled, stagnant energy, it sends signals to the brain in the form of memories (likable and unlikable), stories (“this is my bad hip.”), and emotions. It’s important to remember that as the stuck energy in the body loosens up, the memories, stories, and emotions change, too. What once may have seemed like a fixed rut of beliefs about your past, present, and future, begins to seem flexible and within your control.

Releasing the stuck energy around memories, stories, and emotions has profound effects. In the healing context, memories and stories give us the opportunity for greater health and flexibility, as well as a chance to forgive and take responsibility for how we’ve treated ourselves and allowed ourselves to be treated. Do we believe we just have to live with pain? Have we believed for too long that we are unworthy of love? Maybe we’ve lamented that we’ll never have enough? Many of us share stories like these, and Network Care helps us gain the energetic flexibility to break out of destructive thinking patterns that bind us to our current situation.

There is deep joy in reconnecting with the self that has been stuck in destructive patterns for too long. Network care resets our connections and gives us the chance to enjoy ourselves, and the changes we’re making on the way to wellness.