This Is What I Wish I Knew About Healing

After being in practice for over 15 years, this is what I wish people would know about healing.

I understand that all conditions and illnesses are not equal. Use what resonates and connects with you and leave what doesn’t.

1. Healing is not as easy as you think.

Some patients come in and think that they will be all better after 1 treatment. While it is possible, it’s not usually the case. More often than not, healing takes longer than you think.

​The portion of the nervous system that is used to sense pain is only about 10%, the rest is devoted to digestion, brain, heart, organ functions, etc.

Take a look at chronic low back pain: When you are in pain, this means that there has already been some kind of compensation in your body, you’ve already changed your posture, the way you walk etc. it’s only after your body cannot manage anymore than pain begins. 

​2. Healing is not linear.

Healing from chronic, long term illness is like being on a roller coaster. There are ups, downs and upside downs. Some days you feel like you’ve taken 3 steps forward and others, you fall 2 steps back.

The important thing is to keep faith that you body has the ability to heal. 

3. Healing can be lonely.

Your current friends and family probably won’t understand what you are going through unless they have been there themselves.

Most people require a change in their diet or need to avoid foods that they have sensitivities to. This does not usually sit well especially during holidays when others are eating sugary, rich, foods. You may not party with your friends like you used to. This can leave you feeling isolated and alone.

4. You may need to rest more than before.

Healing takes a lot of energy. You may need to nap in the middle of the day. You are not lazy. Your body has different requirements. 

5. Your relationships with other people may change.

​Family, especially well meaning parents, may not know the new version of you. This can be triggering if you are with them. It will also show you how much growth you’ve done.

Relationships may change or even end. This may not all be bad. 

You may feel misunderstood by others.

Remember that this is your healing journey and you do not have to apologize for it or over-explain yourself.

​Your only job is to heal.

6. Celebrate your small wins.

If you have been in bed every day for months and are finally able to get up, celebrate it. It’s huge!

If you have not been sweating and then are able to detox, celebrate that as well.

If you had an “ah-ha” moment and shifted the way you thought about something, send me an email to tell me so we can celebrate together.

7. What used to be “normal” for society or for a previous version of you, may no longer apply to you now.

You may feel like an outsider. Be gentle on yourself and others.

Set boundaries. Boundaries are an act of kindness to yourself and to others. 

8. Find your community, whether online or in person.

Find others than are willing to support you and be non-judgmental, no matter what. You do not have to go through it alone. 

9. Healing comes from within.

Search and explore it through meditation, gratitude, your emotions, past traumas and connection with your spiritual beliefs.

10. Doctors are guides.

You know your body better than anyone else. Find the right guide to walk with you down your healing path.

We can give your strategies, tell you what’s worked for others our ourselves and be there with you. You are the only one that can heal.

11. Your body is constantly healing and wants to heal.

You cut your hand and without thinking, a series of chemical reactions are release and your body starts to heal on its own. 

12. Your healing story is important and needs to be shared.

By showing other people that healing is possible, you give others hope. If you can do it, so can they.

“You are the greatest expert on your health, and your healing story counts. It counts for more than you know. Someone out there right now is waiting to hear your story so they can discover this life-changing medicine.” – Anthony William 

13. Seek help.

You do not have to do it alone.

​Need help in your healing? Give our office a call.  I am available for virtual consults and in-office consults.  613-446-6060.  For more information about virtual treatments, Click HERE.

Looking for more information about Neuro-Optimization? Click HERE.

For more information about my office (Bioheal Ottawa), click HERE.

Published by Dr. Amanda Chan

Dr. Amanda Chan is a non-traditional chiropractor located in Ottawa, ON. She focuses on Neuro-Optimization which looks at the physical, emotional and thought patterns affecting your body and your life. Her mission is to give you specific tools and strategies to guide you on your healing journey.

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