AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY
“My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.”
When Wilma Rudolph was four years old, she had a disease called polio which causes people to be crippled and often unable to walk. To make matters worse, her family was poor and could not afford good medical care. She was from a large family – she was the 20th of 22 children! Her father was a railroad porter and her mother was a maid.
Her mother decided she would do everything she could to help Wilma walk again.
The doctors had said that she would not be able to walk… but every week she took her daughter on a long bus trip to a hospital to receive therapy. It didn’t help, but the doctors said she should massage Wilma’s legs every day. She taught the brothers and sisters how to do it, and they also rubbed their sister’s legs four times a day.
By the time she was eight, she could walk with a leg brace. After that, she used a high-topped shoe to support her foot. She played basketball with her brothers every day.
Three years later, her mother came home one day to find Wilma playing basketball by herself — barefooted. She didn’t even have to use the special shoe.
A track coach encouraged her to start running. She ran so well that during her senior year in high school, she qualified for the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. She won a bronze medal in the women’s 400 meter relay.
In 1959, she qualified for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome by setting a world’s record in the 200 meter race. At the Olympics that year, she won two gold medals; one for the 100 meter race and one for the 200 meter race.
Then she sprained her ankle, but she ignored the pain and helped her team to win another gold medal for the 400 meter relay! She retired from running when she was 22 years old, but she went on to coach women’s track teams and encourage young people.
Wilma thought that God had a greater purpose for her than to win three gold medals. She started the Wilma Rudolph Foundation to help children learn about discipline and hard work.
She died of brain cancer in 1994. Even though she is no longer alive, her influence still lives on in the lives of many young people who look up to her.
I am often asked by patients: How can I be getting better when I still have pain? Pain is a sign that the body is healing. It is normal to feel pain while you are recovering. Did you ever wonder why things sometimes hurt more before they get better? Why do we have to feel it to heal it? Why “No Pain, No Gain”? We have all been brainwashed from day-one by the pharmaceutical companies to believe that pain in any shape or form is unacceptable.
Do you remember these television commercials?
- “How do YOU spell relief?”
- “Plop, plop. Fizz, fizz. Oh what a relief it is!”
- “PAIN! HEADACHE! PAIN! HEADACHE!”
Then you are given the easy solution. By taking this pill or potion your pain will be taken away instantly and you will live happily ever after.
Aside: Along with, “Your cheque is in the mail,” another one of the biggest lies in history would have to be; “These new pills have no major side effects.” Remember the famous line from movie producer Michael Moore, “Give a lie a 24-hour head start and the truth will never catch up with it.”
What Is Pain?
According to chiropractor, Dr. Barry Weinberg, pain is nothing more than the experience of separation. If you cut your finger with a knife, the separation of the skin causes pain. If you break a bone, the separation of the bone tissue causes pain. If you break up a relationship or a loved one dies, the separation from that person causes emotional pain. All pain is separation.
If the separation continues and becomes great enough, the pain begins to diminish until it is no longer felt. In these circumstances we may feel as if the injury or trauma is “healing” because the pain is going away. In fact, the pain is diminishing because the separation is becoming so great that it grows beyond our level of awareness. Rather than healing (becoming whole) we are merely becoming numb.
We may think, “I’m better! The pain is gone!” Only to find a few weeks, months, or years later, that we re-experience the same pain…only stronger. We take a few aspirin or go for a cortisone injection…enhancing our separation. Once again, the pain is gone…for a while. It is like the gas light in the car. Have you ever been driving when suddenly the gas light comes on? You keep driving and the gas light goes off. A few minutes later it comes on a little longer…and again it turns off. Even quicker, the light comes on again — and stays on. If you don’t get gas now, you’ll probably come to a sudden halt. Our bodies, and our pain, function in a similar way. Eventually, if we don’t listen to the signal, all will come to a stop.
When we understand that pain is not the problem, but the signal of a problem, we are more equipped and more responsible to take action and find a solution to the problem rather than just attacking the signal through a pain reliever, muscle relaxant, anti-depressant or anti-inflammatory drug. If the fire alarm went off in your house, would you not be annoyed if the fire department came and merely removed the alarm? What about the fire?
So why do things begin to hurt more when you begin to heal?
There are two reasons. One, as you heal, or become more whole, you become more aware of your body and yourself. With this increased awareness, the pain signals are experienced more. It is not that the pain is getting “worse”… you are feeling more. Healing is not about feeling better; it is about being better able to feel.
The more aware we are of the subtle signals of our bodies, minds and spirits, the more able we are to adapt to the changes in our environment. Would you rather hear the lion’s roar miles away…or feel its breath on your neck? When we are more aware of the subtle, we have more room to make decisions. Our bodies give us such signals, but often they are ignored. Over time, the body must get our attention or more severe circumstances will ensue.
We begin to experience pain…if we don’t listen to this more advanced signal, the pain will increase to a point, but then suddenly stop. We have become numb. This part of us will surely die, unless immediate and critical action is taken. As the part, which has become so separate that it is unfelt, begins to become more whole with the body, the pain will return. Often it will be very intense, but as the healing continues it reduces and we begin to enjoy a finer quality of life. In order to heal, that part must be felt. We must be aware of it.
When Dr. Barry first began Chiropractic College, he met a woman who was paralyzed from the waist down, with no feeling or movement in the legs. She told him that a heavy box fell on her when she was five years old, and she had been crippled ever since. Four years later, he ran into her again…literally. She was walking. He was astounded and asked what had happened. She explained that she was under intensive treatment and that over the course of four years; she got her legs back. He asked her what that was like. She said that it was the most painful experience of her life. First her legs began to tingle for about three months…then they began to throb for about six months…for almost ten months after that, she felt constant excruciating pain. Finally, the pain began to subside and she was able to feel her legs pleasantly and walk. He asked her if it was worth all that to get her legs back. She said she would have experienced it twice over to get her legs back.
What are you willing to feel in order to heal?
In closing, I would like to share a technique I learned from Dr. Barry that I use with my clients when they are feeling pain. Rather than trying to make the pain go away (through drugs, therapies or any other means), I recommend feeling it completely. Not just the pain, but the part that is hurting. Sit in a chair or lie down, take nice deep breaths, and just allow yourself to feel the hurt part. Just be aware of it…no judgment…no complaints…no worries…just be aware. As you stay aware of it, realize that the pain is not you. The pain is a signal from you to you alerting you that something is separate. As you stay aware, the pain will become more separate from your experience, but the part of you that is separate will begin to re-unite with yourself and heal.
Nel was in her 100th year of life when I last saw her. Although, she could barely see and hear, her energy was very dynamic. She told me that she wanted to work a bit in the garden after her treatment. She had seen chiropractors for more years than I had been alive! I believe I was her 5th chiropractor. As I was carefully doing some soft tissue work on her neck and upper back muscles, she exclaimed, “Ah, that feels good.” As she left with her 75 year old daughter, I reflected on what was to be her last visit. I recalled a quote I remember reading from Bernard Williams.
“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”
R.I.P. Nel. You are a kindred spirit.
GOLFERS CAN GET BACK IN THE SWING SOONER
WITH THE GRASTON TECHNIQUE
Two Spokane specialists, a podiatrist and a chiropractor, who form a collaborative team in the treatment of amateur golfers, have concluded that The Graston Technique is more effective than massage at reducing fascial (ligament) restrictions and tendonitis of the foot — resulting in pain relief as well as improved range-of-motion in the foot.
They were quick to point out the importance of having the Graston Technique available for golf related injuries since musculoskeletal problems sustained on the links occur at a rate of approximately 1.25 times a year per golfer.
Other injuries golfers are prone to experience can also be treated successfully without drugs or surgery using the Graston Technique include: shoulder and/or elbow tendonitis (sometimes referred to as golfer’s elbow, or tennis elbow), knee problems, Achilles’ tendonitis and others.
For more information about the Graston Technique, please call our office.
Seven Practical Ways the Sun Salutation Helps
You to Get Ready For Your Day
by: Ntathu Allen
Have you ever woken up stiff and tired and longed to spend a few extra minutes in bed? Would you like to feel energized, ready to start your day with vigor and ease?
Regular practice of the Sun Salutation is an ideal way to help kick-start your day. If you are not sure whether to invest your time and energy to practice the Sun Salutation take a look at these tips and see what you are missing.
1. As the name suggests The “Sun Salutation” is traditionally a salute to the sun. It’s your body’s opportunity to tune into the golden glow of warmth and light generating from the sun and get an internal sun-bath.
2. Do you remember the saying “you are as young as your spine?” – Well, regular practice of the Sun Salutation gives your spine an incredible multi-dimensional stretch.
3. Not only your spine but your whole body gets a good stretch when you practice the Sun Salutation. The 12 interlinking positions open your heart and gently bend your body forwards, backwards.
4. As you stretch and co-ordinate your breath to the positions, you bring greater harmony and a sense of ease and fluidity into your body. After only a few rounds of practice you feel whole and complete.
5. Ancient seers and yogis have been practicing the Sun Salutation since 5,000 BC. Wow -imagine that – every time you practice this sequence you re-align and tune into the energies of great Yoga Masters. Imagine all that knowledge and understanding flowing through your body.
6. As you breathe deeply throughout the sequence you give your body a mini detox. Your energy is stimulated and balanced as the increase flow of prana flows through your body.
7. Best of all, you get a chance to lie-down and get well-earned rest when you have finished!
Next time you wake up, feeling grumpy and tired, take your time, breathe and slowly stretch your body and feel that warm glow from the sun bathe your body.
Ntathu Allen, Yoga and Meditation Teacher works with women who want a richer, more fulfilling life for themselves and their families. She teaches you easy yoga postures, meditation practices and relaxation techniques to help you live a healthier, wealthier and happier stress-free life. To find out more go to: www.yogainspires.co.uk and sign up for your copy of Ntathu’s free monthly yoga Inspires newsletter. The newsletter contains a goldmine of tips, techniques and strategies you can use to become healthier, wealthier and happier.
Check out this beginners video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMV4Nq6jpu0
Dr. Larry Smith has practiced chiropractic on beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada since 1987. His mission is to promote the tremendous benefits of chiropractic, health and fitness for the whole family. He uses his diversified life experiences to help patients reach their maximum healing potential and strongly encourages every person to take responsibility for his or her own health. For contact information, office hours and a bio of Dr. Larry click the About button.
Italian researchers showed that after running a marathon, a person’s lymphocytes live longer (BMC Physiology, May 2010). This could help to explain why exercisers live more than 12 years longer than those who do not exercise (British Journal of Sports Medicine, March 2008). Every cell in your body has a programmable cell death called apoptosis. For example, skin cells live 28 days and then die. Cells lining the inside of your mouth and intestines live 48 hours, and your red blood cells live 120 days.
When cells become cancerous, they live forever. They lose apoptosis and forget to die. Cancer cells then transfer to other tissues to prevent them from functioning. For example, breast cancer cells become so abundant that they may travel to your liver and damage it so you lose liver function. They travel to your brain and you lose brain function. Cancer cells kill by preventing other tissues from functioning in your body. What would happen if your cells lived longer than they are supposed to, but still retained apoptosis and died, only later than they normally do? Perhaps you would live longer. This study shows that running a marathon prolongs the life of cells by increasing many of the messenger chemicals associated with delayed apoptosis, including SIRT1 (an enzyme that contributes to longevity).
Shortened telomeres (chromosome caps) represent aging. An earlier study showed that fifty-year-old competitive marathon runners have telomeres that were almost the same length as those of 20-year-old runners on the German National Team, and more than 40 percent longer than those or inactive men of the same age.
Reprinted with persmission from Dr. Gabe Mirkin’s Fitness and Health E-Zine.
TENNIS ELBOW ANYONE?
Have you ever seen a person wearing a tensor bandage or support around their elbow? It is very likely that they are suffering from “tennis elbow.” The medical term for tennis elbow is “lateral epicondylitis.” It is a condition that causes pain, tenderness and inflammation on the outer part of the elbow.
Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive activities such as tennis, hammering or using garden shears. Repetitive overuse causes inflammation of the muscles and tendons attached to the outer part of the elbow.
Health professionals can make a diagnosis of “tennis elbow” after taking a detailed history and from performing a thorough physical examination. Tennis elbow cannot be diagnosed from blood tests or X-rays.
A common medical treatment for tennis elbow is to modify the activity that is causing the pain. For example tennis players can change the grip size of their racquet and carpenters can use different size screwdrivers or hammers.
Other standard medical treatment for tennis elbow includes ice, stretching, elbow braces, OTC medications such as ASA or ibuprofen, cortisone shots and in rare cases surgery.
There is an exciting new treatment for tennis elbow called the Graston Technique® (G.T.)
G.T. is instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that utilizes stainless steel instruments to detect “scar tissue” When skilfully utilized by a trained practitioner; these instruments help breaks down “scar tissue” and fascial restrictions.
G.T is a new a new and innovative way to decrease pain and improve function. It is highly effective in treating tennis elbow and several other conditions.
The Graston Technique® was conceived by an athlete who suffered a debilitating knee injury while water skiing. After conventional therapy failed, he applied his professional background in machining to create the initial Graston Technique® instruments.
Graston Technique® was first researched at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University in Indiana. It is engaged in research projects at Indiana University, Texas Back Institute, New York Chiropractic College and St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Graston Technique® has become part of the curriculum at 21 respected universities and colleges. It is included in doctoral physical therapy programs, athletic training programs and doctor of chiropractic programs. Today, there are nearly 5000 clinicians who use the Graston Technique® protocol. Graston Technique® currently is utilized by more than 50 major professional and amateur sports organizations.
Do you know anybody who might benefit from the Graston technique?
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