Thursday 6 November 2014

Surgery or therapy!

I am often appalled at how quickly people opt for surgery. Surgeons do a great job they save lives and they make lives bearable however it's important to remember that they have been trained to do a particular job and that makes them good at that job and only that job. To use an old fashioned analogy...If  you take a problem to a joiner he'll tackle it with hammer and screwdriver a mechanic will tackle it with a wrench a tailor will reach for needle and thread. The surgeon is not different. The skill and indeed the difficulty for the person with the ailment is knowing which tradesperson to go to with your issue.

Surgery is deeply invasive and traumatic,  A surgical intervention may fix the problem but it does so by damaging the body and then relies on the healing capacity of that body. More damage trauma and healing might seem a bit counter-intuitive as a method of counteracting damage and trauma and healing. 

Our bodies are self healing and we are so good at healing and adapting that this ability is what causes many of our ailments.  Inflammation is one of the bodies healing mechanisms and it causes illnesses that include allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer's, Crohn's diseaseMultiple Sclerosis and oh so many more. Cancer is an over development of the cell division that is supposed to repair us. Arterioscloros that is responsible for heart disease and stroke is another failed attempt at healing. Physically our bodies adapt very quickly to injury, e.g. we soon learn to hobble very effectively if we have a damaged foot but all the other structural stresses caused by that adaptation may lead to many other pains. 

It makes sense to give our own healing system a bit of support and a decent chance at doing what it was designed for.
I see bodies as supercharged healing machines that sometimes just need a push in the right direction. Therapists offering structural re-balancing techniques, natural medicines, nutritional support or personal development techniques are all part of the support team. That team often only get called for help when the effect of the surgery is as bad as the original complaint, making their job harder.

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