Published: Webster Herald, 4-29-15
This week is the third article in a five part series to help in navigating the new-to-many holistic care practices. As a quick review, all illnesses and pain originate with some sort of stress, which the body is not able to handle. These stressors fit into one of three categories: physical, energetic, or nutritional. Today’s topic is the holistic practices for the physical category, which is the most familiar to us. I wish I could include more, but I hope this short excerpt gives you food for thought.
A note to keep in mind: Our current health system needs a “diagnosis” in order to treat. Holistic care does not “diagnose”, but rather supports the body to heal itself. Often it is not necessary to name a “dis-ease” in order to find “greater-ease”. Again, thinking prevention is the emphasis.
Structural issues: Massage and chiropractic are examples of adjusting the physical body back to balance to reduce pain and assist the organ systems. While chiropractic concentrates on the skeleton and nervous system, massage concentrates on the muscles and circulation. Both affect the digestive, respiratory, nervous, circulation, endocrine, reproductive, energetic and urinary systems. One of the things you can do to help your structure, and therefore, your whole body, is to pay attention to using all parts evenly. Notice when you can reach farther with one arm and not the other, or you can sit cross-legged better with right over left than you can with left over right. Stand relaxed in front of a mirror. Are your shoulders even? Are your hips at the same level? Muscles need to stay evenly balanced around all sides of the body in order for the structure to be supported with ease…asymmetry can cause problems in any physiological part of the body. Carpel tunnel is an example of this because, noticed soon enough, it can often be relieved by balancing the muscles. Yoga is a great preventative to keep you structurally even, as is weight training because it can help weaker muscles catch up to stronger ones.
Medicines: In general, pharmaceutical drugs help us with symptoms, not necessarily causes. Essential oils and herbs are considered concentrated whole plant foods, which assist and boost the cells and immune system. Most people know the immune system is our defense. What most don’t know—it is a large part of our mechanism for growth and repair—without it we deteriorate rapidly. We need to be aware of when we are controlling symptoms and when we are addressing causes with the medicines and supplements we take.
Surgery: Our current system is the best when it comes to surgeries, and very much needed for broken bones, torn flesh, injured organs, etc., but enough said, because we are all familiar with the reasons we need it.
Our bodies are constantly “talking” to us through what I call “Body Babble”. We all know that circles under the eyes indicate we are tired, but did you know if the darker part is towards the nose, it could mean adrenal stress, while further to the outer edge is a suggestion of kidney stress? There are hundreds of these hints all over the body to help warn us of trouble ahead. Understanding the language of the body can go a long way in prevention, so an appointment with someone trained in body signs should be part of our annual checkup.
In the light of space, I’ll leave you with that for now. In the next segment of “Do You Know”, I’ll write about “Holistic Health for Energetic Stress”, so stay tuned, we’re not done yet!