Once in my old office, my door dislocated. At least that was what it seemed like to me as a chiropractor.
It had been acting out for a few weeks but I was none the wiser.
Until that fine day.
Here’s what my “dislocated” door taught me and how it applies in my practice:
1. Look out for warning signs. | Listen to your body.
My door had always been difficult to open but it got even harder over time.
Are you not moving or functioning as well as you did? Is one side better or worse than the other? While my door doesn’t feel pain, pain is a great indicator that there is a dysfunction, somewhere.
Pain is the fire alarm in our body, alerting us to a “fire” so we can do something about it. Pain that doesn’t go away is common, but NOT normal. Not everyone has back pain or headaches every week. Or day.
2. Find the cause. | Prevention is better than cure.
I assumed that my door was acting out because of “age” and I didn’t think it would literally fall off. I had the scare of my life but thank goodness for quick reflexes. The worst thing that can happen, however, is it breaks and I have to replace it.
It is relatively easy to replace my door. Do you know what it takes to replace a joint or body part?
It costs a lot of time, money and effort to be healthy, but it also costs a lot of time, money and effort to be sick. Choose wisely.
3. Seek help. | Take personal responsibility. | Make informed decisions.
I panicked when the door broke but I was running through the people I could call for help– my landlord foremost. This handyman of sorts assessed the damage and managed to screw it back. Phew.
We should take responsibility for many things, including our health. This would mean educating ourselves, asking questions, thinking critically and, seeking help if we can’t manage it ourselves. When something goes wrong in our body, we should put on our “investigative cap” to find out the reason behind it– is it something you are exposed to? Doing? Eating? What should change?
“Idiopathic” is a term used in medicine when a condition “arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown”– is there really no reason for the body to act out, or is the “truth out there” (or inside)?
Health… Is something you BUILD every day, not SEEK when it’s lost.
Please take care!
Stay aligned, and keep thriving