That's just how the brain works. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The brain stores information for future use. It's a survival mechanism that's designed to keep us safe from any threat, or perceived threat.
Example: You touch a hot stove for the first time- your brain stores that information for the future. "Don't touch hot things. It hurts."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But the problem is that the brain's mechanism for storing information is often arbitrary. That's why some people seem to be able to move on quickly from traumatic events and others have a harder time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The other reason why moving on from trauma can be difficult is because not all the information is stored in the brain. It can also be stored in the diaphragm, the connective tissue, the bones, the organs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But the first step to healing really is getting the brain updated to what's happening now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To stop the brain from making choices based on old and outdated information.
You may be operating on outdated software if you: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
All of these things are treatable without drugs and without a prescription, and our work together is specifically tailored to your unique needs and life experiences. ⠀
Acupuncture is a subtle, non-invasive way to help the body resolve, move, and heal trauma.
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Show that your beliefs about stress determine whether or not it's harmful to you.
New studies are out showing that there are two modes to stress. The harmful version is called Threat Stress.
Threat stress tells the body, "I'm overwhelmed," "I can't" and "I might die from this.'
Threat stress releases cortisol, the main hormone responsible for the body's stress response and coinciding negative health implications. Living in a state of chronic stress can create a range of health issues from migraines to heart disease, insomnia, and autoimmune conditions.
But studies are showing that a second kind of stress, Challenge Stress, can actually shift the bodies response system into creating greater health and wellbeing. Challenge stress is aptly named because it is created when we embrace the challenges in our life as opportunities to overcome and accomplish difficult tasks.
When we shift into Challenge stress mode, our cognitive functions improve and cortisol levels lower.
Challenge Stress tells the body, "This is hard, but I can do it!"
Here are a few articles that talk about the different kinds of stresses and tool you can use to shift your body's stress response.
Embracing Stress is More Important than Reducing Stress
Research Suggests that Stress only Damages Your Health if you think it does
Don't worry, be happy: Understanding Mindfulness Meditation
And of course, Acupuncture helps with that!
If you need more support to manage the stress in your life, let's get you on the schedule! Call me at 720-310-8525
The Problem vs What's actually happening
We started the massage and once I had my hands on him and instructed him to take a few deep breaths, I immediately knew that his breathing was dysfunctional. Instead of expanding through the chest and ribs, his breath was pushed down and out through his belly.
Now, belly breathing isn't necessarily dysfunctional. Yoga classes often incorporate belly breaths into class because it grounds and expands the breath throughout the body, but in this case, his body was doing belly breaths exclusively through the belly and from a place of survival. This pattern had shut down the ribs' ability to expand and contract, thereby affecting how the overlying structures, like the rhomboids and scapulas, were functioning, and this was creating the knots and tightness in his shoulders.
The other aspect of this dysfunctional breathing pattern goes back to his days of playing several impact sports through high school. He played soccer, hockey, and wrestling and had developed the tendency to hold his breath and brace for impact. This tendency translated into his body deciding, "This is how we deal with life- we hold our breath and wait for the impact."
This holding pattern was established while he was a teenager now it repeats itself as he navigates a stressful job, a pregnant and birthing wife, the responsibilities of fatherhood and being a provider, and now caring for a new baby.
So even though the problem is in his shoulders- that's where he experiences tightness and pain- what's actually happening is the limitation of the lungs, ribs, and breath to fully expand and contract and do their job providing a solid foundation for the structure and function of the ribs through the breath cycle, and integrate and accept the natural flow of life.
We made several releases, restored and balanced his body's view of dealing with life, and we were able to achieve quite a bit of expansion through the ribs and clavicle during inhalation, which in turn easily released the knots in the back and shoulders. He got off the table feeling immensely better and breathing deeper and ready for another session!
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I loved reading this quick list on ways to get unstuck! In my brain injury recovery process, depression has been, and sometimes still is, a factor I have to deal with on the regular.
Depression is a common occurrence for anyone dealing with Trauma of some kind. Trauma can reate shifts in brain chemistry and one key part of brain chemistry is the production and use of neurotransmitters, chemicals that have a direct effect on how we feel day to day and even moment to moment.
Interrupting this cycle of stuckness has been the second best tool (after acupuncture) I use to get me out of the depression cycle and into a better mental frame of mind.
My favorites from this list are:
3. “What makes me feel worse? Should I do something other than play the same game on my phone because it’s taking me down a dark road?”
My phone is the number one cause of over-stimulation and when my brain gets over stimulated I feel stuck, disconnected, and depressed. Setting down my phone, tapping out my Cortices (learn how to here), drinking some water, and eating a healthy snack is how I counteract this Stuck pothole.
4.“What stories am I telling myself?” Say them out loud or write them on paper. Hunt for the hyperbole in your thoughts and cross it out. It’s likely not that bad.
My work with BodyTalk and the brain has made me have a few huge realizations - there is no original thought in the brain, and the brain will always makes things out to be worse than they actually are. When I find myself stuck in my brain, the best way to interrupt it is to get out of my head. Fast!
I have a few close friends where we are willing listeners for each other. If any of us need to get out of our heads, spill our 'stories,' and get another point of view, we are just a phone call away. It's been super helpful to get unstuck and not carried away on the made-up story train of my brain.
20. Try not to fully isolate yourself. Being in the company of others can remind you that all is not lost.
I'll be honest, I like to be a hermit. But being a hermit isn't good for the psyche, the emotions, or my social life. I usually joke around that I don't like people, but as soon as I get out with my friends or meet new, interesting people, I find myself having a blast and really grateful that I took a risk and got out there. And I remember that I actually do like people! Plus getting some good belly laughs is always a great way to get unstuck and lift the feelings of depression.
21. Get up and move. Physical activity releases endorphins that make us feel better.
Endorphins are the body's natural feel good hormone. They aso counteract the effects of stress and relieve pain. They're so good at relieving pain that endorphins have been shown to be 10 - 200 times more powerful than morphine!
So whether it's talking a walk in the sun, getting on your bike, or discovering a new hobby like rock climbing, moving your body is one of the best ways to get mentally, and physically, untstuck.
Here's the complete article and be sure to check out the side boxes for more questions to get yourself unstuck.
So you've heard about acupuncture. Your best friend gets it. Even your great Aunt gets it.
You've heard acupuncture can help your low back pain, or maybe that ankle you broke in college that's still giving you trouble.
Or how about your co-worker telling you it helped her get pregnant after years and years of no success? And then it helped her recover quickly and she felt great after her c-section?
I know you've been meaning to schedule your first appointment, but you just haven't gotten around to it yet.
I completely understand there might be a few mental road blocks to getting acupuncture. I mean it's pretty weird, right? Sticking needles in the body to heal it?? Plus, what about the needles???
Well, here's a story I like to tell people who are considering acupuncture but haven't scheduled yet, because needles.
Remember that first time you rode a roller coaster?
You're standing in line listening to people screaming their heads off. You have a knot in your stomach and your hands are shaking a little. You stuff them in your pockets so your friends won't find out how scared you are. You even consider making up a story that you have to pee or you're not feeling well so you can get out of line and save yourself. But you don't because you don't want your friends to call you a chicken.
So you get on the ride. You strap yourself in while the butterflies in your stomach flap wildly, threatening to make you barf even before you're on the ride!
Then you're off! There's ups and downs and twists and turns and quite a bit of screaming too (it's ok to admit. It's only you and me here).
And then it finally stops. You get off and catch your breath. And what's the first thing you say to your friends?
"Lets do that again!!!"
See, our brains make acupuncture a bigger deal than it actually is, just like your brain was gearing up for danger in anticipation of riding the roller coaster, your body thinks it's gearing up for danger with the idea of acupuncture needles when in fact, it's nothing.
And it's actually quite cool!
It's actually simplicity, even laziness, at it's finest. All you have to do is take a nap while me and the points do all the hard work.
And when you get off the table you'll be asking me,
"When can I come again?!"
Consider that this is a sign it's time to get off the "I've never had Acupuncture" bandwagon.
Consider that this a sign you no longer need to live in pain.
Consider that this is a sign to finally have that baby you've been dying for.
Consider that this is a sign to finally start taking control of your health.
So call me. Message me. Text me. Come see me!
There's no time like the present to get your health in order while you're still able to enjoy it!
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