It is well known that our thoughts (our psychology) affect our bodies (our physiology). We can tell when people are “down” by looking at them as their entire posture is “down”. When someone is happy and their mood is “up” so is their posture. However, it is also possible for our physiology to affect our psychology.
Michelle Heming, Chiropractor, from Alive for Life says “life is one big rush nowadays, there’s always an urgency to conform, whether it be, for example, to meet deadlines, get to places on time, deliver a presentation, pick the children up, cook the dinner, argue with the boss/spouse/children, get irritated with the traffic, have one glass too many or eat the wrong food, stress comes in many different forms which many of us just “survive”. We go from one day to the next on auto-pilot and in survival mode which causes the body to enter into defence and shut-down activities both physical and mental that are not necessary for survival. This interference and change in physiology and psychology can often lower the pain threshold and may have a detrimental affect to the health and wellness of a person.”
Michelle has a few suggestions to help balance and re-organise our bodies
• If you know you have a busy period of work coming up, give yourself some space and plan in some you time
• If you feel your stress levels rise or your mood drop, take some time to breath. Open up your posture and get the breath back in your lungs and body.
• Drink plenty of water and get some exercise and fresh air
Michelle practices Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), a chiropractic technique which was developed in the 1980s by Donald Epstein DC. There is an ever growing body of research and evidence to support this technique which uses low force contacts at specific areas on the spine and surrounding tissue to help the body release tension patterns and it does not involve the popping or clicking associated with some chiropractic techniques. A study of over 2000 patients receiving NSA care showed significant improvement in their physical, mental and emotional health. Patients also reported feeling less stress in their lives, an increased ability to cope and more life enjoyment as these tension patterns were addressed.