I have a hip problem. And a back problem. And a neck issue. And a foot thing going on. All on the left side of my body. It’s not new. I’ve been dealing with it for a while. I’ve seen various health professionals and used both an eastern and western medicine approach, but things have only gotten better to a point and have plateaued.
I’m very aware of my body and know there’s an imbalance. Even though I’m a former Physical Therapist (PT), I’m just too close to my own body to objectively figure out what’s going on. I’m treating symptoms because I don’t know what the core issue is.
I went to see another PT recently to help me out. She scratched her head. She doesn’t know what the core issue is either. I do know that one of the nerves in my leg isn’t firing properly. I have some weak muscles that aren’t doing their normal job, so others have taken over, therefore the imbalance.
She talked about 7 different things I could do to start addressing this weakness. In that instant, I recognized that if I tried all 7 of these options I wouldn’t have a clue when things felt better, or worse, which one or combination of, were the culprit. She said, you’re right, you won’t. So I asked, what’s the one thing you suggest I change right now? That way, if it feels better or worse, I’ll know that one thing probably caused it.
By changing one thing at a time, I’ll slowly be able to figure out what I need to do to regain balance in my body. Slowly being the key word here.
My body and I are together for the long haul. There obviously isn’t going to be a quick fix for what feels to me to be a complicated imbalance. My intuition tells me so.
How does this relate to you?
Maybe you have a physical issue, or a habit you want to change, or a relationship that isn’t working as well as it could. So often our minds go into ‘gung ho massive change operation’ mode that requires doing 5 things or more, differently than we normally do. And that works for what? A day? Maybe 2? When we don’t see results right away, we assume it’s not working, we don’t have enough willpower, or what it truly takes, then we give up. Ahem, maybe that’s just me.
What we’ve really done is overload our brain. It honestly cannot realistically handle that much change at once. So stop trying.
Change just one thing and see what happens over time. If it works, you’ll know. If it doesn’t, you’ll know. Then you can try the next one thing.
I know it won't be easy but that’s what I’m going to try to do.
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