Is Your Body Trying To Tell You Something?

If the engine light came on in your car, most people would take it to the mechanic right away to get it checked out.  If there was no light, how would you know that your car needed attention?  Many times that engine light is the only indication that there is something wrong.  Thank goodness for that engine light because without it, you may continue to drive the car until getting stuck on the side of the road.  Attending to the car right away, as well as regular maintenance avoids bigger problems down the road.  I had a friend who never changed the oil in her Toyota RAV-4.  Finally, after a couple of years the car broke down and she needed to replace the engine.  Eventually she ended up junking the car and bought a Mazda Miata.

Ok, so what does this have to do with your body?  Think of your body’s symptoms as your oil light or engine light.  Those aches and pains, heartburn, diarrhea, shortness of breath or fatigue are your body’s way of getting your attention.  Hello! Something is not right here!  Mostly, we think of our body’s symptoms as  annoyances.  However, I challenge you to shift your perspective a bit.  We have all heard of someone who suddenly dropped dead of a heart attack with no apparent warning.  This is an extreme example of what can happen when there are no symptoms.  Symptoms are a chance to make a change.  Are you frequently exhausted?  Do you rely on pots of coffee to get through the day?  Do you get frequent constipation or diarrhea?  Examine if there is a connection between your behavior and your body’s symptoms.  How many hours are you working per week?  How much sleep do you get at night?  How much television do you watch?  Fried, greasy foods?  How much soda do you drink?  How much water?  The cumulative effect of less than ideal behaviors over time creates a condition in the body that (hopefully) leads to uncomfortable symptoms– a chance for you to realize the connection between what you are doing and how you are feeling.

I know that when I don’t exercise on a regular basis I get cranky and depressed and my body feels stiff.  I also know that when I eat dairy products I feel heavy, sluggish and have uncomfortable digestive symptoms.  When I want to eat ice cream I think “is this worth the feelings that I will have afterwards?”  And sometimes it is.  It’s worth it to me for  occasional ice cream, but not for the milk in my cereal or cheese on my turkey burger.

It takes time to make these connections between our behavior and how our bodies feel and function.  Its a process.  Every body is different.  Know thyself, because there is no Miata to trade up to.

Meaghan Massella Walker, M.Ac, L.Ac is a licensed acupuncturist in Edgewater.  Edgewater Acupuncture is her mission to provide affordable acupuncture to the people of Anne Arundel county.  The clinic works on a sliding scale fee of $15-$35 for treatment, no questions asked.

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Edgewater Acupuncture provides acupuncture treatments on a sliding scale of $15-$35 with a one time $10 paperwork fee for new patients. Acupuncture is for everyone. It’s most effective when received frequently and regularly. This is the reason behind Edgewater Acupuncture’s prices — accessible, simple, effective healthcare for you and your family. This accessibility allows you to come as often as necessary for you to get healthy and stay healthy. You decide what you pay. It’s that simple.