Healing From the Inside Out
Lessons Learned From a Broken Ankle
What I have learned over the last 2 weeks, 3 days, 12 hours, and 23 minutes is that a broken ankle is not just “a broken ankle”. Aside from the obvious (physical pain), it is loss. Loss of time, loss of mobility, loss of ability, loss of work, and loss of freedom. After the first day of sitting home with my foot packed in ice, cradled on a mountain of pillows I did what most people would do – I researched how I could speed up the healing process so that I could get my butt off the couch, and walking and running again as soon as possible.
I know what most of our patients must be saying, “Dr. Justin, that’s ridiculous. You can’t heal anything. Your body does the healing!” You are correct. You see, in my first few hours of incapacitation I forgot one key, universal principal; the body heals itself from above down, inside out. It doesn’t matter if it’s a broken ankle, a herniated disc, the flu, etc. – your body does the healing, and our job as patients (myself included) is to get out of the way and let the body do what it does best. The best way to do this is to remove anything that interferes with the body’s natural healing processes. In other words, get plenty of rest, stay away from garbage processed foods, and have your spine checked regularly in order to remove nerve pressure. A well adjusted spine and healthy nervous system equals more healing.
I just want to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, and words of encouragement. I am healing up quickly and will be back in the adjustatorium soon. I also want to remind everyone that we will be celebrating Inside Out Day for Halloween. Join us next Wednesday, October 31st as we celebrate the body’s amazing healing ability. Dress up with us by turning your clothes inside out. Because healing is an inside out job.