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I want to understand more

You know that question kids like to answer, 

If you were to have one superhero power, what would it be?

Well, my super power would be to know exactly how people think, their beliefs, their values, and how they make their life choices. This kind of thing fascinates me. I'm always trying to figure out someone's thought process. 

This day and age, there are a lot of things to have an opinion about. There are so many things to keep us busy. There's really no reason for any of us to be bored. At the same time, with everything that's out there, there are so many different choices and lifestyles, we find so many people in so many 'camps'.

Liberal or Conservative?

Vegan or Paleo?

Masculine or Feminine?

Natural or Synthetic?

Fast food or Organic?

Running or Yoga?

Breastmilk or Formula?

Chiropractic or Medicine?

There's just so much out there. The lists goes on and on. And everybody's got an opinion about it.

I wanna know where and how and why people get their opinions and beliefs. Are people able to explore the 'other' side objectively? Can people hear other ideas and thoughts? Why are we so resistant to change? Why do people get so offended?

Recently I posted a question on my Facebook page about getting adjusted regularly. It became a threadhole of different opinions about why some people don't get chiropractic adjustments.

How do people not get regular chiropractic adjustments?

My motivation for the question was to understand and know what other people do if they've never gotten an adjustment. I suppose I could have elaborated on the question to help people understand where I was coming from. 

I've been getting adjusted since I was about 11-years-old. So, for the most part, I don't know what it's like NOT getting adjusted. It's been a part of my lifestyle for all this time, and it works for me. When I asked the question, I genuinely wanted to know what people do to stay healthy and feel good. I also wanted to know about those people who did indeed get adjusted in the past, but didn't continue. There were many views.

For the people who didn't continue, their answer was simple and understanding. They didn't have a good experience and never went to another one.

End of.

Most people answered that it's all about being able to afford regular chiropractic care.

Some of my colleagues out there didn't buy that answer. 

I agree.

Saying that you can't afford the regular chiropractic adjustments is baloney to me.

Please, stay with me. Lemme explain.

A large majority of people who come in to see me do so because they are in pain. 

They hurt.

They want to know why.

But the bottom line is, they want the pain to go away.

I tell people time and time again that pain is not the problem. The problem is the problem. But human beings don't automatically think of it that way. People feel pain, react, and then do something to make the pain go away.

But the 'something' is usually a drug or a massage, or they think it's because they slept wrong and eventually, the pain will go away on its own.

When someone comes in to see me, they expect me to 'fix' it and make the pain go away.

It doesn't work that way.

But, for argument's sake, let's go with this.

Most of the time, a series of chiropractic adjustments is very effective in 'making the pain go away'. 

Yes, that initial series is a certain amount of money.

But, once the pain goes away, assuming you're not going to do anything stupid like eat crap food every day, drink loads every day, stay up all night, and treat your body like it's a punching bag, you can actually improve your health and state of discomfort greatly by just making a few changes gradually.

(Just because you get older every year, doesn't mean that your health is supposed to get worse and worse.)

Once the pain goes away, it's MUCH easier to keep the pain away doing good things for your body and mind than to deal with damage control of severe debilitating pain.

Consider that part of that good routine includes regular chiropractic adjustments twice a month. 

And if money is an issue, an adjustment once a month is way better than nothing.

So, if good health is of high value to you in your life, is spending £30-£40 per month impossible?

I'm also talking to those people who come to me initially because of pain, and then they don't come back until the pain comes back. At first thought, when they didn't come back for their regular monthly adjustments (when I told them it's important for their bodies to continue to stay strong and well), I assumed they didn't like me anymore. I took it personally. 

But then when they called me a few months later and said, "I'm in agony. Please can I get adjusted?" That makes me realize that there's something else running the show.

In this case, it's not about the money, because when the pain comes back, it's usually worse than before, and the amount of adjustments needed exceeds the number of months in between the first and next time they visit my practice. So they end up paying more money. 

My view is, if people really knew how powerful just one adjustment is, they'd take time, energy, and their money to continue getting adjusted on a regular basis.

But, I also do recognise that this goes back to my original curiosity. Some people just don't agree with me. They don't think that chiropractic care is important. I understand that. I'm not expecting everyone to agree with me. That's the beauty in conversation.

What I understood from that thread on my Facebook page, people think that chiropractic is, at best, pain relief, and at worst, very dangerous.

It's an ongoing conversation I  have with people. And as the internet doesn't fail, one can find just about anything to support or refute anything we love.

So, what is it really about? 

The bottom line for me is that all I want to do is help people. I know how amazing chiropractic is, and how it can transform someone's life. I've seen it happen over and over again. My mission is to tell people and teach people more and more about chiropractic. 

For me, it's not an argument or debate. It's about purpose and my passion of what I do. I love people. I see greatness in people. Chiropractic is my vehicle in facilitating a person to finding the extraordinary in themselves.

Those obstacles of people's opinions and understanding of chiropractic will always be in front of me, but, I just keep going.

I'll keep helping people through chiropractic.

— Dr MaryAnne

 

 

 

Sometimes you just gotta boogie down, baby

Yesterday's email was all good and heartfelt.

Actually, I felt a little vulnerable there, to be totally honest with you.

A lot of my friends commented on my blog post about being broody by saying,

"Go for it. Have another baby!"

No way.

Anyway, that wasn't the point of the message.

I want to put more energy into my family.

My fun and crazy kids.

My husband.

And all the stress, joy, chaos, and spontaneity about it all!

Time to embrace it more!

I know that in about 30 years I'll be exhaling in joy, so proud and happy that I took this time to be fully present with my brood.

I know it'll all be worth it.

When I first became a mother 11.5 years ago, I had a really hard time going through the change from being such a career-driven woman, in New York City, always thinking about me, me, me, into being a new mother and experiencing such a new reality with a tiny human being.

It was hard.

And really uncomfortable.

I didn't like it.

But I knew in my heart this is what I wanted to do.

Now, I'm overwhelmed with the same drive, the same motivation to make some changes.

Change.

Some very physical and concrete: a huge house renovation, which will require us to move out temporarily so the builders can get in there and get it done.

We'll be living in a small flat during this time.

The five of us.

What could go wrong?

Five very big and loud people who like to demand space and their presence to be known.

I find myself stepping into a familiar feeling of discomfort.

I'm really uncomfortable.

And I'm not liking it.

Thoughts of doubt are creeping in. 

Thinking of the unknown.

How am I going to get through this?

The feeling of instability is very scary.

It's like a huge stretch and I don't think I can bend anymore.

Still, I'm standing my ground, remembering my purpose, my love for my kids, and how this time will bring me to a new place of freedom and joy in my life because I know it's what I want.

And that's the key. 

I WANT so many things in life, and sometimes to get there, to be that person, well, it takes a little instability and stretching along the way.

So I stick to what I know works best for me.

Eating well.

Sleeping well.

Exercising regularly.

Getting adjusted every week.

Creating my structure and sticking to it.

Choosing to do things that make me happy, and not feel guilty about it.

And, for me, it also doesn't hurt to have a nice glass of red wine every now and then.

Today, I've spent a big chunk of time doing things for my practice (like writing this to you guys).

Admin.

Organising notes.

And in between my thoughts I've been pausing to blast some good tunes, get up, and dance for 10 minutes just to get the blood to flow.

It feels good.

Gotta keep following my heart and passion. Stay on the path!

See you soon at your next adjustment!

Stay on YOUR path!

— Dr MaryAnne




 

A lil' sumthin sumthin

I used to live in Queens, New York when I was little.

That was about forty years ago (holy moley, that sounds like ages ago).

I remember once, when I was about 7 years old, being with my friend playing at our school playground, and some boys were bothering us.

You could say they were being bullies, but at the time, I just thought they were trouble makers.
 
They wouldn't stop calling us names, annoying us, and trying to be tough.

Then, they started chasing us.

I remember feeling scared, not knowing what I did to make them do this, and were they intending on hurting us?

I hated that feeling of fear.

I remember at one point I was running, trying to get away, feeling terrified, and then suddenly, something came over me.

I think my thoughts were saying, "This-is-crazy-I-don't-like-this-I-feel-so-scared-and-threathened-make-this-situation-stop-what-can-I-do"

And I just stopped running.

Then I turned around, held my arm and hand out signalling for them to stop.

They just stopped in their tracks.

I just stood my ground, breathing out of breath from all the running, and said something like,

"Listen, why are you chasing us? Wouldn't it be better if we all got along, worked something out? We can be friends. I think we could be friends."

You know what?

Just like that, the kids shrugged their shoulders, and just like that said, "OK."

I remember thinking, "Whoa, I did not expect THAT outcome."

In fact, I had no idea what would happen.

My adrenalin was pumping and flooding my body, I probably would have been able to pick up a car.

My fear had turned into action. 

Action to create solutions.

To connect with people.

Find that lil' sumthin sumthin.

It was like a snap and the boys switched from attackers to our friends.

I called my other friend who was way down the street by then, and we all just worked something out.

I think I've always had the natural sense of, "This person is nice. He has love and greatness in him too."

Even at the age of seven.

That's how I've always been.

I always see the greatness in people.

Love is there.

In all humans.

That's how I approach everyone. 

Or at least, that's how I want to be.

Somehow, innately and intuitively, when I was a little girl I accessed that desire to connect with people and speak into their side of love and greatness.

I'm happy I never lost that.

That's what I bring into my practice every day with everyone, all the time.

That's why I love adjusting people.

I love it.

Greatness and love.

To me, it's awesomeness.

— Dr MaryAnne

 

Learn how to play Mozart in 12 lessons

Music has been very much around me in many ways all my life.

I used to play the piano from ages nine to seventeen.

I've been feeling the effects of music more, putting me in happier states and simply wanting to sing and dance.

Also, interestingly for some reason, a few of my newest practice members are music professionals.

You know what they say about the law of attraction? 

I wonder if that has anything to do with it.

Bottom line is, I love music.

Love it.

Which is why when I describe what Network Spinal Analysis and chiropractic is, I use the analogy of learning an instrument.

I don't use it for everyone (because some people have never really picked up an instrument, or can't remember what it felt like).

Still, I can also use the analogy for how adjustments work.

Lots of people who walk into my practice are in pain.

Lots of pain.

For years.

And often, many of these people have pretty messed up spines.

Locked up joints in the back.

Tight muscles.

Soreness and achiness.

Degeneration of the bones.

Inflammation.

Loss of function and motion.

Not. Good.

No bueno.

So they sign up for the Wellness Package, 12 adjustments, hoping it'll be the answer to all their pain.

What I wanna say is "Do you think you'll learn how to play a Mozart piece after 12 lessons?"

Here's the answer.

No siree, Bob.

You might become more familiar with Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So.

But it ain't a symphony.

Which is why it's difficult to tell people the message.

The situation is simple.

You have a stressful life.

You work.

Many of you work at a desk hunched over.

Everyday.

Many of you have bad posture.

If you're lucky, your pain and poor health won't hit you until you're 50. Or 60.

If you're unlucky, you'll feel like shit in your early 20s.

Either way, taking action when your body is screaming for help is NOT the way to go.

The best way is to start NOW.

Some people take action when the body is whispering, "Ooouuuuch. Dooooo sooommmething."

And most people wait until they are fugked.

(It's not what I tell people in the practice, although I have a sneaking suspicion that most people already know that they are fugked. I don't really need to tell them.)

By the time people wait until that point where you need damage control, 12 adjustments is JUST THE BEGINNING.

It's only scratching the surface.

I'll give it to ya straight: most people need to commit to a year of regular care in order for their bodies to get to a much better state of health.

It's not for you?

Fine.

I respect everyone's choice.

The important point is that it's my responsibility to INFORM everyone.

And I'll keep informing you.

Over and over and over again.

That's how important it is.

So, do you want to learn only how to play do, re, mi, fa, so on the piano?

Or would you like to learn how to smash Eine Kleine Nachtmusik?

Well, it's going to take more than 12 sessions for that to happen.

Up to you.

See you at your next adjustment!

— Dr MaryAnne
 

If only I could get my hands on you

Yesterday I sent an email with a video of me adjusting a child.

I've started to become good friends with his mother and what warms my heart is that I know that as long as they are in my life, that kid (and his siblings) will probably get regular adjustments for the rest of his life.

What breaks my heart is when I hear about children who are suffering from health issues, some common and some more complicated, and if I could only get my hands on them to check and adjust their spines, their health would probably improve.

This morning a woman I've known for a while was telling me about her 8-year-old son who had to go to the A&E for some complications with his brain.

(I won't get into the gory details here.)

I was surprised and also very curious about what happened.

She explained it to me blow by blow.

So, my doctor-thinking-cap went on and I started to ask her everything, starting from birth.

She told me that the birth was difficult, especially at the end, and pushing took a while.

Then she noticed that when he was 7-months, there were already problems with his muscle development.

She asked the GP if it was normal.

They said yes.

Then at age 2, she noticed that he didn't speak very much.

The GP told her it was normal for bilingual families to have children who have speech delay.

But she knew something wasn't quite right.

He also started walking later than most children.

She also noticed that he was clumsy.

Then at age 4 he developed a squint.

More and more, she noticed something subtle, but the GPs always told her it was nothing to worry about.

"He'll grow out of it."

But her mummy instincts always sounded the alarms.

What's a mother to do?

I didn't say this to her, but I wish I had seen this boy at birth! Or even at age 7-months when he was a baby showing signs of interference in the nervous system.

And now, this boy at 8-years-old, the mother was proven right. 

The neurosurgeons had to do a relatively minor procedure in his brain.

Finally, the neurosurgeons, with the clear tests showing he had an issue, took action to correct the problem.

Thank god they found the problem in time.

But, was this avoidable?

If I did have the chance to adjust this child since birth (like I believe all children should), would he still have developed this problem?

I can't answer that because we will never know.

But I bet that regular adjustments would probably have helped in some way.

Luckily, he's still young at 8.

Now that I've told his mother about chiropractic and what it can do to help his nervous system and spine to clear up any interferences in his system, we can see how the regular adjustments makes a positive improvement.

He's still going to the neurologist and the paediatrician for tests regularly.

Yes, that's important.

But I have a strong feeling that this boy will heal much better and faster if his spine and nervous system are in optimal condition from the regular adjustments.

This is such a passion of mine.

I wish I could somehow tell everyone about this.

But I can't just shove it down people's throats.

That would probably scare off a lot of people.

They'd think I'm a crazy person.

I need your help.

Tell people about chiropractic.

Share your story with people.

Tell them about your child getting chiropractic care.

I'm convinced that it's the good that will make a positive difference in this world.

Thank you!

Have a good night!

See you at your next adjustment (don't wait until you're in pain!).

— Dr MaryAnne


 

At first it might be scary, but after a few goes, it's great stuff

My most difficult individual to adjust?

An adult in severe pain.

The next most difficult person?

A two-year-old.

(Or nearly two.)

Oh boy, they can be defiant.

Especially the first few goes.

Then, after a handful of adjustments, they turn into butter.

I love it.

Most mums tell me that they are very surprised at how still and calm they are during the session.

"Wow. He's so calm!"

You know I love kids.

And you know how much I love adjusting kids.

It's my favourite thing in the world.

(After ice cream, chocolate, wine, my kids, and my husband - and not in any descending order {husband is vulnerable to this}.)

Here's a nice video of one of 'my kids' that gets adjusted regularly.
 

 

It's important for kids to have their spines and nervous systems checked regularly. It helps their bodies work optimally because the nervous system is free of 'short circuits' (called subluxations).

Kids sleep better.

Stronger, more efficient immune systems (and fewer necessity for drugs).

Calmer and more relaxed kids.

And happier child too!

They are all benefits of regular chiropractic care for children!

What parent wouldn't want that?

Forward this email to a friend with kids and introduce them to the awesomeness of chiropractic!

Enjoy!

See you at your next adjustment!

— Dr MaryAnne

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When a backwards "e" is a major life crisis

When I think about my early childhood, bits and pieces of events float in and out of my memory. 

Surely they aren't accurate, and a lot of it has to do with the emotions involved, what I learned, and the 'story' around what I think happened.

Lately, my five year old has been enthusiastically learning her letters and words and spelling. 

I've been thoroughly impressed with how eager she is in reading and writing all by herself.

She's sounding out everything.

It's definitely not how I remember it when I was five. 

Then again, I don't even remember how it was when I first learned how to read and write.

Anyway, she loves writing notes to everyone. 

To me, to her father, her siblings, and also her friends.

The other day I told her that she was invited to one of her best friend's birthday party.

Ever since I told her, she's been obsessed with writing her a birthday card.

It's very sweet.

So this afternoon we went to the shop and picked out a card.

As soon as we got home, she immediately sat down and started to write, "Deer Susie."

(Name has been changed to protect anyone involved.)

Then the crisis hit.

As I helped her write her letters, just sounding them out with her, she asked me while motioning in the air with her finger, "Is the "e" like this way? Or this way?"

She's whisping her finger in the air trying to show me how to draw an "e" as if the paper was floating in front of her.

Then, in the card, she drew her lower-case 'e' for 'Susie'.

"There! Look mummy! Like this?"

Uh oh. It's fudking backwards.

Here it comes.

My little perfectionist Virgo female five-year-old starts having a conniption. 

Like it's the end of the world.

Like, there's no more opportunity to write another "e".

Ever.

I'm trying really really hard not to laugh.

It's a frickin' "E" for crying out loud (literally!).

What the hell is wrong with her?

Oh, I know.

It's 6:00pm and she's exhausted.

And she's five.

So I hug her and hold her and tell her that practice is what she needs and that she has to learn from her mistakes.

Nope. Uh uh.

How the hell is a five-year-old perfectionist going to understand THAT?

She wasn't having it.

So I just held her. Caressing her face and her hair. Sitting as calmly and lovingly as possible.

The girl was totally done. Caput. Spent.

Long days at school will do that to an active girl!

Then after her wailing turned into quiet whimpers, I asked her, "Do you want an adjustment?"

Nod nod.

"Ok, let's get adjusted. Turn your power ON."

And she laid down on the adjusting table and I adjusted her.

Then, once the adjustment was finished, she hopped up, high-fived me, and had a sudden burst of energy!

It was like a switch turned on.

Oh boy. 

I know the adjustment was good for her, but as her mom who wanted some P&Q, the effect was opposite of what I had hoped.

I really wanted her to get conked out.

Nope. She just had a new zest for life.

Everything was peachy, and the whole backwards "e" problem - totally forgotten.

Life was AWESOME again.

And there we have it. 

Life of a 5-year-old.

One minute life sucks.

The next (after an adjustment), life is superb!

Whoo Hoo!

See you at YOUR next adjustment!

— Dr MaryAnne.

When your husband asks you what you want for Christmas

Last week when I saw a friend of mine, he out of the blue said with frustration,

"I will never understand women."

I giggled inside, smiled at him and replied, "Stop right there. Don't even go any further."

He attempted to explain.

I just shook my head.

He's about ten years younger than me, so maybe he still hasn't learned.

Poor chap. He was trying to figure out something about his wife, and I simply told him to stop comparing how men and women think.

There wasn't much problem solving happening, but then again, this topic always leaves people feeling confused and unfulfilled.

In another conversation I had a few days later in my practice, as I was finishing up a wonderful adjustment with one of my pregnant practice members, she started to tell me how much she loves the adjustments.

"MaryAnne, you have no idea how much you've helped me. It's changed my life. I can actually feel good every day in my pregnancy. You have magic hands."

Of course I was flattered.

(The magic actually happens inside her body. The adjustments help make that happen.)

She was telling me how much she loves the adjustments and she continued,

"Just the other day, my husband asked me what I want for Christmas. Now, he doesn't get surprised easily. Do you know what I said to him? I said that I want him to buy me a year's worth of adjustments with you, MaryAnne. THAT surprised him!"

She told me that he didn't understand.

Her husband said, "Are you sure? You're pregnant. Just think about it for a few days."

Well, sure, she's pregnant. And little does he know that pregnant women, although sometimes forgetful, they are sharper and more sensitive and perceptive than ever.

They have to be.

They are preparing to give birth and bring their child into this world. They need to be highly sensitive and perceptive!

My advice to her husband (and to my male friend) is to stop trying to figure out women, pregnant or not, and just accept that they won't understand much of what women will say, think, or feel.

That's just the way it is.

As for all the husbands out there, in my opinion, getting your wife a year's worth of adjustments is a brilliant idea.

When we ALL get adjusted, women AND men, we are healthier, happier, and enjoy life more.

Men are simple. I know this much.

And if your wife is feeling happy and healthy, then everyone else in the family will probably be happy and healthy.

It's a good deal.

In my practice, a year's worth of adjustments is £1450 for up to 2 adjustments a week.

For a whole year.


That's a great deal.

It's the most cost effective plan I have.

So if you're not sure what to buy your spouse, consider buying the year-long wellness package!

See you at your next adjustment!

— MaryAnne

PS - You could also get your spouse a massage session!

PPS - I asked my husband to proof-read a draft of this email. He said, "Your email is soft and cuddly and sensitive, but makes no sense to my male mind. I am wise enough not to ask."

Which is what I was saying!