By Dr. Shar Rai
In Chiropractic College, I learned how to help patients deal with their physical issues by adjusting their spines to decrease or eliminate their pain. I was also taught to find the root cause of the physical issue and treat that area in hopes of minimizing a reoccurrence. This was not a difficult thing to do when someone arrived at the student clinic with an acute injury. What baffled me was why some patients showed up with the same type of pain with very little resolve. These chronic issues never seemed to go away which was so frustrating for me because I just wanted my patients to FEEL better.
I have been practicing now for 23 years. Three years ago, I started diving deep into the world of energy healing. I began to understand the connection between chronic physical symptoms and energetic blockages within the body. We have 7 energy centres or chakras within our body that correlate directly with our body’s systems, organs and tissues. These energy centres are known as the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown chakras. Each chakra or energy center is represented by its own colour, speed, form and direction in which they move. They even have a specific sound attached to them. When these energy centres are hindered and no longer function at their optimal levels, they can cause a whole slew of chronic physical symptoms. How does that happen? Trauma. It can be big traumatic events like physical abuse, losing a child, losing a parent at a young age, or smaller trauma, like being lost at the grocery store as a child, watching your parents argue in front of you, or being yelled at by someone. Carolyn Myss, Ph.D and well renowned spiritual teacher said it best, “Emotional force, influences the physical issue within our bodies. In this way your biography- that is, the experiences that make up your life-becomes your biology”. Basically, our experiences in life, affect our physicality and how our body’s systems function. Let’s take a simple example like chronic low back pain. Chronic low back pain is connected to the first two energy centres, the root and sacral. These chakras govern family safety, security; the ability to provides basic life necessities; blame, guilt; money, sex; power, control; and creativity. Experiences and emotions related to those areas can cause energy to become stagnant. If emotions are energy in motion than unresolved emotions, tucked away in our psyche, have no movement therefore cause physical symptoms to arise. Remember, energy cannot be created or destroyed, it just changes its form.
Patients coming in with chronic issues, in most instances, have not connected the physical and emotional pieces. Building up a trusting relationship with your patient allows you to dive deeper and ask more personal questions. When they realize their trauma was not an external event, but rather an experience that altered the way their body is functioning, healing becomes a huge possibility. Especially, if they decide to build a qualified support team to help with their healing process. At the end of the day, as practitioners it is not our job to make patients FEEL better, but rather HEAL better.