On a recent trip into the office during morning rush hour traffic, a middle-age woman caught my attention. It wasn’t her appearance that caught my eye, it was her driving skills. Peacefully I pulled out on Route 19 but like a magnet she was on my tail in no time. As I proceeded in the slow lane moving slightly above the speed limit, she was tailgating so recklessly I felt as if she was sitting in my back seat. She sped over to the passing lane repeating the same tailgating behavior. I watched her shift from lane to lane, tailgating someone the entire way up Route 19. We eventually ended up next to each other at a red light.
Unfortunately, this woman’s erratic driving pattern became a part of my morning routine. Twenty years ago, I might have angrily sulked over her driving habits. However, the lesson of learning to slow down (“stop and smell the roses”) has finally developed roots.
Tailgating, lane-changing speeders are similar to people who want health changes fast. “I want to be better now,” complained an elderly woman recently with months long low back and leg pain. “It’s still there,” she stated on her second visit. Yelling at the body to heal faster is like yelling at your garden to grow faster. I have learned through years of experience that the patient person heals twice as fast. Relax. Give your body a chance to heal and let nature get to work. Your chiropractic care trains your nervous system to relax so your super nature can do its amazing thing! So slow down and leave space for healing.