Commit, then Follow Through

magic bulletLet’s get right to the point. There is no magic bullet, the easy way out is the wrong way, and quick fixes never stand the test of time. We all know this to be true yet, astoundingly, we have been led to believe the exact opposite when it comes to our health and well-being. Medicine has become our magic elixir, our get-out-of-jailfree card. Why exercise your bones and joints when you can pop a pill instead? Sure you risk abdominal cramping and bone death, but at least you don’t have to get off the couch. Hair loss, obesity, short temper, shyness, itchy skin, dry eyes… You can bet that whatever ails you, no matter how trivial, there is a pill marketed for it.

The reason acupuncture continues to thrive for the past 2,500 years, even at times in the face of fierce opposition, is because it is built on solid, lasting, time-tested principles and theories. The health of your body is in direct proportion to the health of how your bodies innate healing energies travel throughout your meridian system. Energy flows throughout your body by way of an intricate network of pathways called the meridian system. Taking migraine medicine for a headache requires that your body not only fight the cause of the migraine, but now also the dangerous chemicals you are dumping into it.  We have essentially been trained to put out a fire by dousing it with gasoline. We have been led to believe that the work that the body has been accomplishing over thousands of years with amazing efficiency is suddenly no longer possible in the absence of drugs.

As much as we tend to overcomplicate it, staying healthy is really pretty simple.  Getting well requires that we optimize the function and flow of energy within our meridian system and then maintain its integrity to allow the body to do what it was created to do. The reason that so many of us struggle with our health is because as simple as the concept is, actually following through requires a high level of commitment and necessitates specific action steps on a daily basis. Everyone knows the formula for losing weight is to cut out the bad calories, watch your portions, and exercise daily, but few people can commit to following through.

It’s easier to look for the pill that requires no work output or the exercise video that promises miracles after 2 weeks, or to simply give into temptation.  Your body is a masterpiece and it requires consistent attention and respect. If you’re ready to make the commitment to getting well – not just feeling better through artificial means, but truly getting well – then welcome aboard! We’ll do everything we can to help you get there.

Pain! Pain! Go away!

By A.J. Crolli

Who has not asked pain to go away?  Pain can be debilitating and numbing to so much of life.  But what do you do when it just won’t stop?

Pain can be viewed as a form of energy or information that the mind processes.  Sometimes, as with any form of information, pain information gets misdirected.   People who suffer from chronic back issues, knee problems, chronic myalgias, etc. may become victims of pain-energy redirection. pain loop 

The term pain-loop, as coined by Dr. Levine and Dr. Philips, basically implies that if a pain signal is not relieved within a short amount of time, then a pain signal loop is set-up in the primitive, subconscious parts of the brain.  This works like a corrupt program on a computer hard-drive.  The brain keeps running this loop over and over again even though the original reason for this information may now no longer exist.  

Our data base corruption is different for each of us because we all perceive events or stimuli differently.  Our perceptions of traumatic events and internal and external stimuli are based upon our belief systems and these system’s chain reactions.  Our beliefs come from our family lives, culture, religion, etc.  These beliefs then generate our feelings; our feelings then generate our emotions; our emotions then can condense in our physical bodies if we hold on to them instead of releasing them naturally.  When a triggering event occurs, all the previous traumas of our lives that are stored in the brain’s survival zones are also now in play.

As an example, if you had a traumatizing hospitalization in your childhood years, it could predispose you to panic attacks and an excess perception of pain even from routine dental visits.  Many people in chronic pain didn’t learn in their formative years a methodology on how to cope with uncomfortable or distressing experiences.  It’s the fear about pain or any negative physical reaction that sets the stage for the chronic pain loop.  It’s very real and we become what we fear the most.  Emotional and physical pain operate in the same parts of the brain; even a chronic negative response pattern can be traumatizing and very real.  

Part of our defense mechanisms are the primal responses of flight-fight-freeze.  Many experts talk about the flight-fright response but not so much about the freeze.  A freeze response can precipitate into a condensing pattern, like a turtle tucking itself in its shell.  It shows up in the body with the crunching of the shoulders, the tucking of the head, and possibly a paralyzing or numbing feeling.  This response can even be seen in the musculoskeletal system.  The corresponding mental freeze response would be feeling stuck or trapped in a particular situation and too paralyzed to change it.  You then start to shrink from triggering situations, people, places, or things.  All three can spin off various other reactions in the mind/body when they get stuck in a chronic state.  And these all can cause pain.  By unlocking the pain-loop cycles, much relief can be generated in the body as well as the mind.  And then we can sing that pain away!

A House Divided

pillsA house divided against itself cannot stand.” –Abraham Lincoln

Pain killer…Check. Anti-inflammatory…Check. Anti-anxiety…Check. Antidepressant…Check.

And that’s just breakfast!

For many, starting the day by downing a handful of pills has become the norm, a natural accompaniment to their eggs and toast.

You take pills because you are taught to, and that’s what most people are accustomed to. Because somehow the drugs are supposed to wipe the slate clean and zero out your not so healthy lifestyle choices. Inherently you know that the drugs are not the best thing for you, but you figure that you can settle for good enough if the pills can help you just get by.

There is a reason that every drug or pill that you are prescribed comes with a list of side effects and warnings. Continually putting foreign/toxic substances into your body over the long run often creates more illness than health.

The reality is that the body is designed to heal from the inside out and express life through an inborn intelligent energy, and it is only when this energy is impeded that the body begins to break down.

Drugging an imbalanced body does nothing to bring it back into balance, and in fact while on the surface it may appear that the drugs are serving a positive purpose, underneath, the body is thrown farther into a state of stress and dis-ease. In effect, you have created a house divided.

The natural, recuperative power of the body is now pitted against the drug’s toxic effects. Even when drugs are designed as closely as possible to work in harmony with the human body, it simply is not feasible to introduce chemicals into the body without also inducing stress.

You are either working to support the body’s innate healing energies or you are working against it. You can’t have it both ways and expect to see positive change over a lifetime.

The key to producing a lifetime of health and wellness is to develop a unified front; to unleash the full power of the body’s meridian systems and then to nurture it through exercise, good nutrition, adequate rest, and a positive mental outlook.

Acupuncture works in unison with the body and serves to optimize your innate healing potential. It is the natural choice to replenish and maintain optimal health!