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Healing Crisis

Most adults have suffered some kind of healing crisis in their life, whether they have been aware of it or not.

It is not always clear whether the symptoms are related to something that has already existed or if they are brand new because they don’t always look the same as they have in the past.

What is a Healing Crisis?
A healing crisis is a process the body can go through when it is trying to manage and release some kind of congestion, toxins, or injury. As the body tries to work through its health concern, there may be symptoms that arise that go as far back as childhood. You may not even remember having an issue before. Alternately, the body may be reacting to some kind of treatment and this time it feels different.

lower back pain can be so debilitating

I mention this, because I recently had a situation arise that caused me to take pause. As a health care practitioner, there is a certain expectation that we ‘know’ how things work. We even sometimes feel that our knowledge makes us immune to health concerns. In my own situation, I was concerned due to the intensity of pain and how debilitating it was. Although I knew in my gut that this was a healing crisis, I could not shake the fear that I felt from feeling so much pain. It made me realize that without an understanding of the nervous system, clients could feel really weary and afraid of how their body is responding.

In my practice, I strive to help people obtain a sense of equilibrium and balance in their body without creating any undue discomfort. This has led me to pursue gentle methods of treatment that are very subtle and yet powerful and effective. I believe that most conditions can be resolved effectively with minimum disruption.
Some practitioners, or forms of treatment are forceful and aggressive. If the client is not very strong, it can result in a worsening of symptoms. If the body was not ready for this change it may simply revert back to the same place it was before.

Why can’t the body just go back to its perfect anatomical form?

If the body is not ready for the large shift for whatever reason, it will not be able to return to its natural pain free state. There could be an impacted nerve, postural changes, or muscular imbalances. If a problem has existed for a very long time the skeletal structure may have changed. Our body has been designed to be extremely resilient and efficient. This means that our body will always look for the easy way to move and work. This may not always be the best or healthiest way but is the most familiar way. As the body tries to regain its equilibrium, it can experience a healing crisis.

If you look at how a nerve synapse works, you will see that the nervous system is very efficient. Every action in the human body creates an action potential in the Central Nervous System. The action potential of a neuron travels along the neuron to its axion terminal, where the closest nerve cells dendrite will receive the message and ‘win’ the signal. The more frequently a nerve communicates with another, the closer it will be to the axion terminal thereby continually receiving the message.

So even though the response that your body is giving to an action is familiar, however it doesn’t mean that it is necessarily the BEST or healthiest response. Our nervous system is working efficiently in this way rather than making the ‘best choice’. The APPROPRIATE nerve axion needs to be trained to receive the message by continually sending it a signal to fire.

This is the process of receiving repeated treatment, therapy, supplementation, nutritional supplements and acupuncture. The entire nervous system works this way. This is why habitual therapy and behaviour is so important in the healthy reprogramming of the nervous system. The longer that something that has existed in the body, the longer it will take the nervous system to be reprogrammed.

Either way, there are a few things that you can do to help to facilitate the process.

1. Be kind to yourself. If you are in pain, it is advisable to listen to your body and take it easy.

2. Write it down. Take note of your symptoms, the time of day and the severity of pain. Use a pain scale of 0-10 with 10 being the most incredible pain imaginable. Keeping track of your symptoms will help your healthcare team to identify the problem. It will also help you to become more aware of your own health.

3. Continue treatment. Call your health care provider and let them know what you are experiencing. It may be a reaction to the treatment and they should be able to help to guide you through your situation.

4. Be honest with yourself, and most importantly honour the feelings which may be coming up. Are you afraid of something, is there a major change on the horizon, are you involved with something that doesn’t feel right for you?

5. Self care. If you are suffering from really sharp pain you should get to an Emergency Room as soon as possible. Otherwise gentle movement is usually helpful.

The good news is that if you are experiencing a healing crisis, it is a good sign. Working towards better health can be a roller coaster ride, it is important to be patient with yourself.

Of course if you have any questions, please reach out to me!
In over 20 years of working with chronic pain and illness I’ve been able to help hundreds of clients move to a place of improved health and decreased pain.

I’d be happy to help you on your healthy path… have a beautiful day!

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