pain

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
 

This is why you can't cope with your crazy life

Imagine having debilitating pain every day and all you can do is stay in bed because it's nearly impossible to walk.

Imagine being in so much pain that you can no longer go to work and you have to quit your job.

Imagine having to rely on disability from the State because of that.

Imagine not being able to take care of your child because you can't take them to school or make a simple meal because you can't even stand for more than 10 minutes at a time.

Imagine this ruling your life for months.

Or even years.

That's definitely not living.

Imagine being told that spinal surgery is the only way, and it's extremely risky.

What do you do?

What can you do?

This is what happened to one of my practice members.

She needed to know that she had tried everything before going under the knife.

That's when she did more research and discovered my practice, and more specifically, Network Spinal Analysis.

It's the technique I use mainly with everyone.

Now, after four months in (with dedication, patience, and commitment) she's improved tremendously, to the point that she is convinced that she doesn't need any other intervention.

Certainly not surgery.

Lately she's been dealing with an enormous amount of stress, something that would create havoc in anyone's life.

She's amazed because with all the stress involved, and all the challenges she has to face on a daily basis, she is fully aware that she's been handling herself very well.

Her coping mechanisms have changed, and she's been able to stay calm and cool during this tough time.

How does chiropractic play into all of this, you ask?

Well, if your spine and body is rigid as a pole, doesn't move properly, and has had years of damage and degeneration, how do you think you'd feel?

The way you feel and the quality of your life is a direct reflection of the health and shape of your spine.

Six months ago when my practice member had no answers, handicapped from her pain, and unable to be a good mum, she never knew she'd be able to heal and recover AND be happy after just four months of regular chiropractic care.

When she signed up for her regular chiropractic care, she committed to it, and was determined to allow her body the time it needed to heal.

How many people try to lose weight, gain muscle, and get a new body in one or two months?

Most people know that's just unrealistic.

The same thing goes with healing.

It takes months, sometimes years for people to heal and transform their health.

It's also an ongoing process through life to keep yourself in good health.

As long as you're living, there's always a need (and a way) to become a more fulfilled and happy human being.

Chiropractic isn't a quick-fix. And I certainly don't do the fixing.

Your body does.

Why wait?

Get adjusted now and continue your healing journey!

See you soon!

— Dr MaryAnne

PS - remember to sign up for the Clear Day coming up on Sunday the 5th February at the Effraspace! Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now!

PPS - book a massage with Darren or Ana for a wonderful deep tissue massage! Treat yourself!
 

Don't ignore that lump in your crotch

There's a saying in the chiropractic profession.

"If your spine was on your face, you'd take much better care of it."

I'd say the same thing goes with the area between your legs.

If you had a rash there or a lump or something painful, you'd be at the doctor's in a flash.

Personally, I find it very strange how many people will only deal with what's right in front of them, literally staring them in the face.

And sometimes that's not true either.

Let alone having a few aches and pains in the neck or back.

Most adults who walk into my practice for the first time are in some sort of pain. 

Usually it's in the low back or in the neck.

And then they sit down, tell me their life story (nearly all of it pertains to the issue at hand), and they ultimately want the pain to go away.

Fast.

Pain is bad.

(Not true.)

No one wants pain.

And most people don't take responsibility for their pain.

An ache in the neck for a few days turns into weeks, and then on and off for a few months. 

That's usually about the point when I see the person. That's when they think,

"Hmmmm, this sucks. Something's not right. I need to get this fixed. It's annoying me and I can't cope with this anymore."

They take action and book an appointment to see me.

The problem is, my idea of help isn't the same thing as their idea of help.

For the most part, generally, people think I'm going to 'treat' the problem and it'll get fixed.

Much to their dismay, that's not what happens in my practice.

Pain is only 10% of the situation. My job is to help you with the 90%, because that's the problem that has been brewing in your body for years. 

Maybe decades.

If the 90% was looked after (mostly by you, and with my help to facilitate the body), then the pain will just ease and eventually go away.

Patience is also a major factor in this too.

It takes TIME for your body to heal and change.

In my professional viewpoint, back pain and neck pain is a serious problem.

It's not something to ignore for months and months.

And it's not something that will 'get fixed' for you.

No one can do that except you.

If you had an ugly zit on your face, or a rash, or a painful nodule that you can see when you look in the mirror, you'll tend to it almost immediately.

Same thing goes with your crotch area. Oh, that's serious stuff. No one wants an itchy rash down there.

So you deal with it.

Fast.

But if you have pain in your back, do you ignore it, push through, and tell yourself it'll get better soon and go away by itself?

Most of the time, for many people, considering the circumstances and the outcome, it should not be ignored.

Here's a new flash: Your spine is located in your back, and goes all the way up to your head. 

And it connects to a very complex and amazing organ in your body: your brain.

(It's your body's hard drive.)

Pain anywhere in the back can mean many things, and if you keep trying to delay taking care of the most important system in your body (your spine and nervous system), the more negative effects it will have on your health and ultimately your life.

This is no joke.

The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to make any positive changes to improve the situation.

Your 60-year-old self will be kicking and bitching at "your-now-self" because you were too proud and stubborn to wake up and get with the health program.

So pretend that your spine is on your face and start taking better care of it now.

Get your spine checked and adjusted regularly!

Keep it healthy!

See you soon!

— Dr MaryAnne.

PS - I'm having my next Clear Day on Sunday 5th February. Sign up soon before it fills up! Learn more about it here. My good friend and super awesome entrepreneur will be there sharing his delicious new creations: Raw Food Londoner.
 

What Does Posture and Stress Have To Do With It?

 

When you were little, did your mother or grandmother tell you to sit up straight, don’t slouch, and pick up your head? In some way or another, we intuitively know that good posture is important for good health. But, just because we know about a lot of things in life doesn’t mean that we understand it and apply it to ourselves.

So what does good posture mean? Why is it so important? We all have the understanding that we have a heart that pumps blood, lungs to take in oxygen, a stomach to break down food, and many other systems that keep us alive and functioning. All of your systems work together, not in parts, and the whole body is a complex machine that is constantly adapting, regulating, healing, and reorganising. 

The most important system that acts as the ‘hard drive’ and ‘main frame’ of your body is the central nervous system: your brain that sits in your head is the hard drive and it is always sending and receiving signals from your body via your spinal cord. Your nervous system is the master system of the body, constantly controlling and monitoring every function in your body. It never stops. And it is the only system in the body that is fully encased and protected by bone. The muscles along the spine are there to actively support your posture, voluntarily and involuntarily. How does this play in the role of your health? It is essential to have a healthy spine and nervous system in order for your body to function the way it needs to.

Chiropractic care is about getting your spine and nervous system checked, with regular adjustments throughout life. Just as you might choose to eat healthy, do exercise like pilates, and other lifestyles to support your health, it is important to also have your spine taken care of regularly. Why? Because the moment you are born, your nervous system is constantly taking in information and adapting and regulating to keep your body well. 

Stresses in life are what impact the body. These stresses are either physical, chemical, or emotional/mental. Physical stresses are car accidents, falls, chronic bad posture, overuse of texting, and other daily life activities. Chemical stresses include pollution, alcohol, smoking, food additives, poor diet, and low nutrition. Emotional stresses range from single incidents like arguments with a spouse, or chronic stress from long-term issues. It’s part of natural life that we are bombarded with these stresses, and it is our nervous systems that have to allow for the body to be able to cope with them to be healthy. 

As we process these stresses every day, our bodies ‘download’ them into our nervous systems and cause a response. As the response is being processed through our senses (either hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, smelling, or a combination), there is an impact on our other systems, including our hormones, body temperature, heart rate, and muscles. 

Let’s imagine back 100,000 years ago when there were saber-toothed animals chasing us for their lunch. That’s a source of stress! When we see that animal chasing us, our fight-or-flight system engages, and it’s instant action! All of a sudden our digestive system shuts off, our adrenaline kicks in, the eyes dilate, our blood pressure rises, the heart beats ferociously, and blood flows to our arm and leg muscles. That’s all happening to keep you from dying a horrible death! The problem is that now, we don’t have any saber-toothed animals chasing us for lunch. Yet, our bodies react to stress in exactly the same way, and our lifestyles usually don’t allow for proper release of that stress. This causes a build up of tension inside the body that is ‘stored’ in our brain and nervous system. Your ‘hard drive’ becomes overwhelmed and the effect is a negative change in posture which puts more pressure on all the other systems of the body. Our spines form into a ‘pattern’ called the defence posture. This pattern of defence posture puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, which will in turn cause interferences throughout the nervous system. These interferences, called subluxations, disrupt the communication and flow of the messages between the brain and the body.

Having your spine checked and adjusted with regular chiropractic care from birth is essential for a strong healthy life. Babies and children thrive when their nervous systems are clear. As children grow year after year, their bodies also have to assimilate, adapt, regulate, and heal. Keeping your spine balanced and aligned through childhood and into adulthood sets you up to have a healthy life. Your body’s systems are strong and healthy, your thoughts are clear, and your perception of the world is more open when your nervous system is free from interferences. 

In my office I see people with all sorts of pain and health issues. In the beginning there is a bit of Q&A, then I assess your nervous system with a complex computer system, a spinal posture analysis, and finally end with a thorough adjustment. The pain is what wakes people up (I talk about that on my website and blog). Pain is what gets people to stop and change what they are doing, but most people just want to be ‘fixed’. In my office I explain to everyone that I don’t ‘fix’ people. That’s not what my services offer. It is important for us to see what is the cause of the pain and health issue. In my opinion, it would be a disservice to you to just ‘treat’ the pain and then not help you reach a better state of health so the problem doesn’t come back. 

Most people see pain as the problem. Did you have the pain first, and then the problem started? No. It’s the other way around. Guess what, you’ve had the problem for a long time, and the pain was what alerted you to make a change to shift things around. Pain is just a signal to get you into action to focus on your health. Nothing in life doesn’t require a significant amount of time. Getting healthy takes time. Taking responsibility for your pain and body also takes time. Denial of that will get you nowhere. 

The chiropractic care that I recommend to help people get to better health is specific and personal to each individual. And I also recommend to everyone to get their nervous systems checked for subluxations (interferences). You don’t have to be in pain to get adjusted. In fact, when you feel well, that’s the best time to get your adjustments. Keep your system strong and supported. Don’t wait for a breakdown of your health to act. And when you do feel unwell, it’s not because you’re sick. It’s because your body is adapting. It’s your body’s way of telling you that it’s time to recuperate, slow down, rest, and let your body do its healing. 

Get your nervous system checked, your spine adjusted, and become more aware of your posture and health with chiropractic care.

— Dr MaryAnne.

When will the pain go away?

It takes about nine months for a human being to be fully formed and developed into a healthy baby. That’s anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks gestation. That’s most of a year! With that in mind, we can imagine how much cellular activity and growth is happening inside that baby in the womb. Growth, development, healing, and repair take a lot of time inside the human body. If we take a look at how long it takes for two cells, an egg and a sperm  to combine, divide, and then grow into a human being, we can begin to comprehend how our bodies continue to grow, heal, and reorganise.

Most people who walk into my office seeking my services come because they are in pain. It could be acute sudden pain, or chronic pain they’ve had for years. Either way, they have taken the steps to get help so the pain can go away and they can feel ‘back to normal’. The most common question I get is, “How long will it take for the pain to go away?” and it’s not an easy question to answer. 

Pain is like the smoke alarm in your house that goes “Alert! Alert!”. Something is burning and you need to extinguish it, or just take the batteries out to stop the loud noise. We have this illusion that we are healthy if we feel no pain or discomfort. We think everything is fine. “Yes, I’m FINE.” But, how do you know? Are you really fine? Then, when you do have pain, you take notice and you become aware of something that isn’t exactly fine anymore. So what do you do? Most people just wait it out because it’s probably nothing and it’ll go away on it’s own. That happens especially when that pain is the first time you’ve had it. Our bodies are amazing, resilient, and self-healing, so for the most part, yes, the pain will go away on its own.

But what if the pain doesn’t really go away entirely? Or it does, but 6 months later, it comes back and it’s even worse? What do you do then? We seek out a professional to ‘fix’ the problem, and usually the main goal is to get out of pain.

Have you ever asked yourself what happens when the pain is gone? When the pain goes away, does that mean that everything is fine? When we feel pain, we realise something isn’t right. We think, “What’s wrong? What could be causing this?” But when there is no more pain, we suddenly forget because most of the time we feel better and we’re able to go about our normal lives. 

It is important to understand that once the pain is gone, your body is always and still continuously healing, adapting, and regulating every system together. Pain is only a small part of how the nervous system functions. Your pain nerves are triggered, the messages are sent to the brain, which  cause you to become uncomfortably aware of those pain sensations. It’s the alarm in your body to tell you to do something, to change your daily routine, to rest, sleep, take a break, slow down, and take care of yourself. What if your body didn’t do that? How could you continue to go at the fast pace that you live your life? Is that really sustainable? 

What happens when the pain doesn’t go away in a few weeks? People who start chiropractic care in my office want to feel better fast. We all want that. But sometimes the pain doesn’t go away, or it travels to another part of the body, and you’re still coping with a state of discomfort. Regular chiropractic adjustments are not a ‘fix-it’ solution. If you have that way of thinking, your expectations will not be met and you’ll probably be disappointed. When you choose to start chiropractic care, the goal is to allow your body the time it takes to heal. The critical issue is to learn the cause of your pain. If you only focus on the actual pain and not what led you to your state of health, then you will never fully heal.

Have you ever had an argument with someone, especially with your significant other, and during the heated and emotional interaction, you suddenly realise that it’s not actually about what you’re both talking about? That argument you’re having is actually about something that happened to you years ago? It’s brought up very real and familiar feelings from something that happened to you when you were much younger. Well, that's almost the same thing that happens within your body. The pain you’re experiencing is just pain. But take a look at what the pain is all about. It tells a story. And you need to break that story apart and find the core to what is causing it. Once you grasp that, you will understand the process to find a new level of health and feeling well. 

Having pain is unfortunately a common thing in today’s world. But it’s not normal. The natural state of being healthy and well is a life without pain, weakness, and feeling sick. Our bodies are resilient, adaptive, and self-healing. You must allow the time it takes for your body to reorganise in order to heal properly. Sometimes that might take weeks; sometimes it can take months. 

Have patience. Allow yourself time to pause, rest, and heal. You will discover new levels of health upon embracing that.

— Dr MaryAnne.