Guest blogger: Julie Pampinella, Marketing & Events Manager at Community Chiropractic
When I was in my twenties, working in the music industry, I took for granted my body and mind’s amazing ability to work 10 hours a day, stay up until the wee hours watching bands at clubs, and get up the next morning to do it all over again. I lived on coffee and adrenaline, not realizing the amount of stress I was putting on myself physically and mentally.
In my early thirties, my husband and I moved to a small town in the country. The noise and stimulation of the city had been replaced by acres of solitude. At around the same time, I was laid off, and had a difficult birth with my daughter. Through my long days at home caring for my daughter, feeling alone while my husband worked more hours to support us, worrying about our finances and feeling entirely out of my element, I soon discovered that I could no longer outrun my stress. My body and mind decided this was the perfect time to speak up for themselves after years of being suppressed — I suppose because without the noise and distractions of work and city life, they might actually be heard!
By the time my daughter was squarely in her “terrible threes” I could no longer ignore my needs — I was physically tense and emotionally raw from overwhelm, lack of sleep, and wrangling a toddler in a very difficult phase. Worst of all, I felt completely drained, with no energy reserves. The prospect of not being able to be present for my daughter the way she needed me to be was scary enough for me to finally take the first step toward self care. It was then that I started to get adjusted.
I had never before experienced the gentle, low-force technique practiced by Dr. Pam and Dr. Steve. In just a few visits, I felt my tension dissipate and my life force begin to strengthen dramatically. I felt less anxious and overwhelmed, as if I could now at least begin to cope with stress, and be present for my daughter from a calmer place. With each adjustment, I began to get stronger, and also began to hear my body’s needs more. I became aware of where I was holding stress in my body, and learned to listen to my body with a loving ear instead of exasperation and impatience. I started to look at symptoms not as limitations or annoyances, but as my body trying to give me a message like “get more sleep,” “let go,” or simply, “breathe!”
Getting adjusted has not only initiated a healing process in my body and given me a tool to cope with the aches, pains and stresses of daily life, it has vastly improved my relationship with myself and others, helped me to be a better mom, and has very possibly changed the trajectory of my life in the process. I will never give it up!