Pain and Negative Emotions

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Research is now showing more and more the relationship between the emotional brain and the experience of pain. In fact, the emotional brain (cortico-limbic system) has been shown to amplify acute pain and to sustain chronic pain levels. What this means is that negative emotions can cause us to feel more pain than there actually is true cause for and …

What’s holding you back?

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It’s the time of year again when people make resolutions for improving something in their lives, be it that they’re going to exercise more or drink less. And it’s also the time of year that you hear many people talking about it, for example in social exchanges or the news. Often times the conversation comes down to focusing on making …

Fear is not the great equalizer

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Since the pandemic started, news media and governments have successfully put the human population in fear, in order to control the populace with the aim of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Initially the fear of death spread far and wide, followed by the fear of uncertainty, the fear of losing our livelihood, our homes, our security. One could say …

An often overlooked aspect of health

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Balance and coordination, control over the muscles of the body is an often overlooked aspect of health and longevity.  Some people have this idea that getting older means becoming more fragile and they end up moving less in an effort to prevent injuries. This is exactly the opposite of what should happen. Being healthy and strong into your 70s and …

Do you think that’s air you’re breathing?

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Stress can sometimes feel as ubiquitous as air. How is it that we can go about our days and perceive the stress that we feel as “being real”? I’m not suggesting that you pretend that stress is not happening. I am suggesting that we feel stress when we’re not in our natural state; a state of being centred, grounded, fully …

Relaxing is not healing

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Sometimes when I ask patients that are lying on the table what they’re noticing, they will tell me, “well, I’m trying to relax”. They tend to say this in a way that tells me that they think “relaxing” is what they’re supposed to do on the table; that that’s the outcome that we’re looking for. After all, if they could …

Discover your emotional freedom

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Years ago I was going through a rough patch. My 14 year marriage was dissolving and I felt like my world was falling apart. I remember going for my regular Neuro-Structural appointment feeling like crap, disillusioned and sad. Afterwards I couldn’t believe how different I felt. I had done a complete 180. I felt elated, clear and vibrant. I just …

Why doing all the right things isn’t working

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Remember when doctors used to smoke in their offices? Well now they don’t because now we know better. As health care progresses, more focus is being put on lifestyle as a major component of health. The most commonly diagnosed diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes and respiratory illnesses can all be shown to be greatly affected by …

The Power of a Gentle Touch

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How can such a gentle touch do anything? This is probably the most asked question that I get, or at least it very often crosses people’s minds. Since I’ve been practicing now for over 20 years, I forget that this isn’t a matter of fact for everyone. In order to know what it needs to do, the body continually assesses …

What do you think you “should” do?

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The other day Karen was in the office for her regular visit. She told me that she had been increasingly noticing tension in her hips. I told her that that was good and she asked: “Is it good that I have tension in my hips or that I’m noticing the tension more?” We laughed and I replied: “Of course it’s …