It’s important for me that my patients understand what is happening in their body. This is why I come up with analogies. A lot of times, they come so spontaneously I surprise myself.

When a patient complains of pain and numbness and tingling that radiates from the neck to their fingers as a result of postural strain from sustained desk work and excessive sitting, this is what I say:

“Your nerve is like a USB connection to your computer which is your brain.  Sensory nerves are responsible for giving messages about sensation (hot, cold, vibration, pressure) to the brain and the brain uses motor nerves to send messages to muscles to move.  When muscles are chronically tight, they compromise your posture which compromises your nerves ability to relay those messages like a really poor USB connection.  As a result, you feel numbness and tingling or pain”.

Suddenly the patient’s “inner light bulb “goes off and understands this concept much better. In the digital age, you need to think of the nerves like USB connections.

Being aware and connected to the messages that your body give you is the first step in healing. How can you correct something that you don’t understand?

My analogies are simple and are not meant to be very physiological to the point of confusion. My intention is for my patients to understand CONCEPTS not become adept in neuroanatomy (for those of you hardcore anatomists who find this analogy too simple).

Chiropractic helps to restore those connections. I also layer in myofascial work , acupuncture and exercise prescription so that proper alignment becomes a lifestyle choice.

Take care of your USB connections. Take care of your body.

As a practitioner, I can truly empathize with the dancer’s desire to be injury free and the anxieties they experience when they are working or in between contracts. It’s a skill that I gained from being a professional dancer. I am very fortunate to juggle both. Never in my wildest dreams would I think that I would be dancing with a chiropractic career and being the mother of two little girls.

As a mature dancer, I embrace the changes in my physicality. There are other ways to showcase your body as you age.  Interestingly, I am much more confident in my own skin then when I was younger and had the flexibility and physique that I didn’t appreciate at the time.

 

This is what I learned:

Dance is an extension of your heart.  Dance is wearing your emotions on your body through movement. Under this definition, dance never ages and so your relationship with it should never end. In actuality, it becomes more colourful.

 

I want the new generation of dancers to have no regrets and to have the tools in their body to be successful. Being a healer and a dancer is my life’s work. It is both my intention and my passion to be a practitioner that is knowledgeable to treat and educate the performing artist and to be genuinely empathetic to their needs because I am also one of them.

Your childhood dreams are messages of what you are intended to become.  At 34 years of age I can honestly say that I am a doctor, a teacher, a mother and a professional dancer.  It took the writing of this article for me to appreciate my ongoing journey. For that I am both humbled and grateful.

 

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The past few weeks have been very educational for me in defining my life’s work.On the surface I am a mother, a wife, a chiropractor, a teacher, a dancer and the list goes on. But this list is driven by something deeper. My intention is driven by our inherent right to be free to move.

If you’ve met me, you’ll know that I speak with analogy, I take my time to make sure that you understand what’s going on with your body and that you feel connected with the healing process.  It is this patient-centred approach that creates results. In treatment, patients speak to me about personal things that they may feel are unrelated to their injury. They have emotional releases when muscle tension is effectively loosened. From there they depart from their muscular holding patterns (ie. grinding teeth, clenching hands, gripping hips) and move forward to better alignment and improved quality of life.

Teaching and healing others to be free to move is my life’s work.

This is why being a dancer and a healer go hand in hand. I move when I work. There is a rhythmic movement that I do when I treat each patient. I am basically “dancing” and breathing as I heal others. The meticulous body awareness that I developed as a dancer was an important milestone for teaching others to reconnect with their bodies and to understand the importance to get return them to freedom of movement.

ImageIf you don’t know what I’m talking about with regards to freedom and movement, observe a horse running freely with no rider. The horse’s hair falls gracefully to rhythm of its bounding legs. The horse’s speed is exhilarating to watch and I am reminded of the wind that hits its face and a child running barefoot outdoors.

As humans, it is our inherent right to be free to move.  As we get older, we get stuck behind computers, become sedentary and frown upon running in the rain.  Our inner child is repressed and that is a shame. This inherent desire to move knows no socioeconomic class which is why children all over the world do not need expensive toys to be happy. They find ways to use their bodies and find that freedom.

It is very powerful to know your life’s purpose. It is when you discover that your ability to reach out is enhanced.

I am very grateful to have known my intention at a young age and through my journey I’ve met many passionate and talented people who inspire me and help me to navigate the path that I design on my own.

 I hope this strikes a chord with you.

Be young, Be free. Move.