Why it is time to picture yourself as a milking stool

The Good Life Letter 

11th September 2016

Has anyone ever described your health as a three-legged stool?

Chances are there aren’t many of us who have been challenged to consider ourselves as the property of a milkmaid, but last week that was exactly what happened to me.

I was talking with a friend who is an osteopath, and I wanted to try to understand how he saw his role in the pantheon of medical interventions.

In some way I was expecting him to launch into a description of organising dislocated bones, facilitating piezoelectric forces or ‘cracking backs’ to make people more mobile.

But far from it.

He explained that in his view our bodies and therefore our health are based upon three supporting pillars, just like the milking stool.

Many people focus on the physical aspect – considering the skeleton, its joints and the muscles that move it.

Aches and pains are common in these and the effects can be very limiting for people’s lives.

However, he said that there were other factors that went hand in hand with these.

Our chemical health was also important, taking into account our hormonal balance, levels of hydration and the foods that we eat. For many people this consideration only comes to bear when they are trying to lose weight, but in fact it is critical to our general well being.

Stress hormones can heighten pain, weaken the healing response and severely change our outlook on life.

And this led to the third and he said most underestimated aspect of health – our emotional state.

Let me explain why.

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Are you the emotional type?

There is an issue with the question above which is that many people will see the word emotional and immediately attach some negative connotation.

It has perceptions of over wrought individuals making a scene because they haven’t been given the right kind of melon.

But the truth is that we are all very emotional creatures, in that our bodies are governed by our emotional state.

Just think about how a day with friends and family makes you feel?

For a large part you will be relaxed, happy and full of the joys of life... but when you see a child getting too close to the duck pond you will envisage all sorts of horrors and leap into action to prevent a damp toddler.

Your reaction isn’t a cool and calculated one, you will have gone from positively soporific to alert and single minded in the space of a heartbeat – that is your emotions at work.

Any of us who have been through a process of grieving will know that the feelings of loss weigh upon our shoulders like a ton weight, making it hard to raise our eyes to the world.

This is how the emotions link to our physical and chemical health so keenly.

In a modern world which is lived at a hectic pace with all sorts of worries and concerns woven into it, surely we should respect these emotions and do more to promote a better state of mind.

Strangely enough the osteopath says that this is his biggest challenge when dealing with patients.

He can click their spines, massage their muscles, explain how to eat health providing foods and take regular and appropriate exercise...

...but the minute he ventures to discuss the emotional state, people get very defensive and become reluctant to consider how this is relevant to their aching bodies.

In the cold light of day it all makes perfect sense to me, but I guess I can understand why there may be reluctance to challenge the insecurities, anger or embarrassments that shape our emotions.

Within each of us is a Pandora’s box where we stuff the baggage we don’t want to face up to right now.

Over a period of time this box becomes fuller and fuller with the risk that some small event will burst the box and years worth of pent up frustrations will come roaring out...

...and that can only hurt those around us, and ourselves as well.

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It seems that the osteopath is on to something.

By thinking about our health as being a three-legged stool it is easy to see how one aspect can easily upset the balance of the whole system.

If we have a broken arm then the impact is easily seen, but if we are in a state of upset such that our hormones and emotions are out of kilter then it isn’t easy for others to appreciate our predicament.

More importantly how can they help if they don’t understand?

Rubbing a tense muscle or bandaging a cut is simple first aid, but being able to listen to another person’s issues and provide the necessary input is a really difficult skill – and are we really fair in expecting that of those around us?

Better that we begin the process of change and understanding ourselves in the beginning.

Then we can fully explain the issues we face because we properly understand them and can proportion them.

Getting this process started isn’t easy.

That is why I am raising awareness of a rather simple yet effective book that will help all of us come to terms with the emotional side of our being, and rationalise it to prevent our Pandora’s boxes going bang.

For lots of us, facing up to ourselves isn’t an easy route to take as it seems like we are giving in.

By changing what we do or how we do it can feel like compromise or even surrender – but it needn’t be that way.
Acting positively can be an incredibly rewarding approach to conflict and strife.

So, you will see that often the really simple solutions can make a huge difference to your life, well being and peace of mind.

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Yours, as always



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