I am proud to celebrate the dozens of therapies that are helping more and more people reverse the symptoms associated with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. There are so many great options out there that did not exist five years ago.
If so many great options exist, why do not more people celebrate a reduction and reversal of their Parkinson’s symptoms? Why does recovery from Parkinson’s stumble for so many? My answer: People are gripped by a stranglehold of fear that their symptoms are destined to get worse. The process is “vicious” because symptoms are in your face day in and day out.
Take tremors for example. Tremors can calm down from time to time when stress is under control but they usually reappear. The reaction to this seemingly never ending cycle is all too familiar.
- This tremor is driving me crazy. It is high time for it to disappear.
- The next day comes. The tremor persists.
- After many days, weeks and months you conclude you are “stuck” with this awful, nasty symptom for life.
- After all, this is what seemingly knowledgeable people have told you. Perhaps it is true after all.
What is the problem with this all too familiar pattern? It winds up supporting and sustaining the tremor. I suggest a very different reaction which can break this vicious cycle rather than sustain it.
Instead of viewing the tremor as the “bad guy” in your life, accept the tremor (or other symptoms) as the “good guy.” Instead of wishing the tremor to vanish, wish it to flourish. Set an intention to allow your body to shake, rattle and roll if that is what your body needs to do in the moment.
Now, I suspect this recommendation must sound crazy to you. A tremor is your body’s way of getting your attention. It is the body’s natural method of releasing trauma and stress. When you suppress a tremor, the energy of trauma gets stuck in your body and sticks to your cells like glue.
When you view a tremor (or other symptoms) as the “bad guy” you are giving your body a nasty message that it is broken. But, it not broken now and never has been. Your body is working perfectly. It is just telling you something you do not want to hear or accept.
Treat a tremor (and other symptoms) as a natural healing response which is nudging you to set in motion new lifestyle habits.
- Instead of resisting, why not make the changes?
- Embrace new habits that you know in your mind, heart and soul are necessary to heal.
The best way to reverse the vicious cycle that leads to feeling worse is to acknowledge symptoms as the “good guys.” In so doing, you honor and acknowledge the body’s sacred ability to heal. Treat your body as broken and worthless and it will respond accordingly just as you do when treated with disrespect.
Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease