A Woman Walks into a Chiropractor’s Office..

by Marla Bollak on December 5, 2012

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I visited my Chiropractor yesterday. He’s been working the kink out of an old neck injury and it’s gone pretty well. It had been bothering me for quite some time, and I finally took care of it. After several months of chiropractic care, I’ve regained most of my neck movement. Yesterday I mentioned a new complaint with my lower back. Not a big deal, but since I was in his office already, I thought I would mention it. Otherwise, I would have let it pass without much adieu.

He asked me how long it had been bothering me. (It was 3 weeks since my previous visit.) I told him that it was just one morning a couple of days ago I had noticed some pain while getting out of bed. I felt okay after that.

He said that things happen. Our backs get tight or a little bit out of alignment all the time. They may go right back into place on their own, or they might need a little nudge to get there. As long as the pain doesn’t persist, it’s fine. Pain is our (physical) body’s way of telling us something is wrong. If it gets worse, or doesn’t diminish, you need to do something about it. With your back, things may get worse, and fixing it later will take more work. Seems obvious, doesn’t it?

Let’s Get Emotional

As he spoke, I couldn’t help but notice how much our emotional lives are like that. Things happen. All the time. Some of these things are upsetting or disturbing to us. We may respond with some anger or hurt. It might pass as quickly as it came. Things happen. When feelings of upset, anger, hurt persist, then it’s a signal that we’re out of alignment. It’s time to pay attention and get into alignment. Maybe it’s an old injury that is resurfacing because it’s been triggered by one of these things that happen. Whatever it is, pain your emotional body’s way of telling you something is wrong. If it gets worse, or doesn’t diminish, you might think about doing something about it – like healing a little.

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{ 4 comments }

dawn abraham December 10, 2012 at 3:14 am

Very Cool Marla! What would you say would be one way to heal? Everyone has different ways of going about these types of things and I would love to hear what your way of doing is all about. XOXO

Marla December 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Thanks, Dawn. That’s a big question and I’m writing about it in my book. Healing happens on so many levels. My work focuses on emotional and spiritual healing.

The very short story is: 1. Notice your feelings. 2.Take responsibility for them and 3. ask questions. In particular, question the thoughts behind your feelings.

Sometimes noticing is enough to cause a shift. Sometimes owning your own feelings is enough.

Jodi Chapman December 11, 2012 at 4:46 am

It’s so true that our emotions are such a great barometer for where we are and what needs to be looked at. I have a very sensitive body that tells me all of the time through emotion and pain what’s going on. So I’m learning to allow it to come through, deal with it, and then let it go. Great post!

Marla December 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

That sensitivity, Jodi – a blessing and a curse. A blessing, really, when you know what to do with it. A curse when you don’t. Thanks for sharing.

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