Yesterday an old junior high, high school and college friend asked me to take a look at his youngest son, Luke, a 13 year old 8th grader. Luke just finished football season and has a week off until basketball starts. His low back has been really sore for about a month and his father and my friend, Rick, was getting worried. So I told Rick to bring Luke up to my office. Yes, even though I no longer practice I do have an adjusting table at the office and at home.
So as we’re walking back to the adjusting table, I’m watching Rick and Luke walk: call it an old habit. It was interesting. Luke was walking with a really good energy. Rick was not. Rick was sort of shuffling a bit with his head mostly down, looking at the floor in front of him. To me, that’s a warning sign.
I said to Rick, “how you doing, pal?” He replied, “I’m pretty tired. My back is sore. My hip hurts and my sugar is high.” Well that’s enough to depress most people.
I’m thinking to myself, “look how you’re carrying yourself. You’re walking around like you’re depressed, have no energy and no future.” That’s NOT what you want to model to your kids, and that’s not the guy I grew up with.”
Let me share a huge secret with you. Your MOTION determines your EMOTION. In other words, your physiology determines your thoughts and how you express them. Think about it a moment. Amazon is filled with books on psychobabble. Books that tell you to examine your childhood to try to figure out what happened to you that caused your current situation. What a waste of time! That’s called living in the problem, not the solution. It’s what many therapists tell you to do. Hogwash! Maybe that’s why many people in therapy have to go forever.
And there’s some very credible research that demonstrates that we actually have a genetically set range in which our degree of happiness generally resides. That does NOT mean your happiness level is out of your control. Quite the contrary is true. You can literally condition your mind and body to elevate your mood simply and easily.
One very quick method, which I use every single day, is to change my motion in order to change my emotion. This means that when I realize that I’m not at a peak state that I enjoy and that enables me to be happy and help others to be happy, I change my physiology. ‘Well how the heck do you do that’, you ask?
First I change my posture and cadence to one of extreme certainty and positivity. My walk quickens. My heads rises up. My shoulders get pulled back. I breathe deeper. I talk louder, with positive emotion. Often I’ll yell out some incantations, which are sort of an affirmation with massive positive emotion. And you know what happens every single time I change my motion? My emotion follows suit and mirrors my motion.
It’s really that simple. And you can teach your family and your patients how to do this as well. It’s bringing wellness into their lives. It’s paying it forward. It’s making a substantive change in your life and in the lives of countless others. It’s called making a difference. The world is full of depressed people. It’s at record highs. You CAN help reverse that ridiculous trend. Start with yourself and teach others. This really is one Huge aspect of wellness and it gives you the opportunity to do so much more for your patients in addition to their chiropractic care. It changes lives.
Questions? Shoot me an email and I’ll get back to you pronto.
All the best today!
Chris Tomshack DC