juliegee Posted March 22, 2007 Report Share Posted March 22, 2007 Hi All,I know this will be controversial and I'm struggling to stay open-minded about this....Part of my son's regimen (recovery from NMH/CFS) has been receiving Integrative Manual Therapy. This was strongly recommended by Dr. Rowe at Hopkins. I've been trying it and it really seems to help. The physical therapist that we use (whom I respect) has suggested that people suffer from illness because of dysfunctional thought patterns. of course, this infuriated me! It smacks of "blaming the patient." I asked about cancer patients. He said that they are the most inflexible, close-minded group that he has ever worked with. (Forgive me, those of you who may be suffering with or surviving cancer- not my theory!) My graduate and post-graduate work is in counseling so I've been exposed to this idea before- mostly from holistic practioners. Once I got over my anger.....I pondered this theory. There was a time when I was healthy and unbothered by POTS... It started rearing it's ugly head following traumatic periods- physically and mentally in my life. It makes me wonder if life's demands (and my response to them) could be playing a part in all of this. An autonomic dysfunction is a deregulation of the things that are supposed to happen automatically in the body. But, in our case- this automatic system goes haywire. Did I get too far away from my body's natural rhythmn? Was I not listening to what my body needed? Did I try to help and please everyone else at my own expense? Did LIFE (and my response to it) make me this way? Mulling this concept has caused me to listen to my body's needs, focus on my HR and breathing and take more time for myself to exercise, etc. Most of us are women and we are the caretakers of our families. Do we neglect ourselves at the expense of everyone else? Just something to think about...if we caused our own illness, do we also have the power to cure it with our own thought patterns? Next time I see my PT, I'm going to ask him about premature infants and kids born with cerebral palsy. Did THEY too cause their infirmities???Let me know what you think.Julie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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