Self-Healing: Imagination and Health

huntington.tif

Dr. John P. Huntington, D.C.

Recent studies continue to show the important role our thoughts and imagination play in improving health and physical performance.

  It’s been proven that imagining doing a physical act causes the same brain activity as actually doing it.  Whether shooting a free-throw, learning a piano piece, or strengthening a specific muscle, imagining the act gave close to the same gains as actual practice over a short time period.

  After five days, those physically practicing began to gain greater ability.  However, those who had ‘exercised mentally only’ and then added the physical practice reached the status of the exercise group with less total practice time.

  In another case, researchers examined hotel housekeeping staff, looking at blood studies, body fat percentage, etc.  They then told these workers how fortunate they were to be getting such good exercise everyday, and how they were really benefitting. 

  When they re-examined these same workers a few months later they found significant improvement in their health and fitness levels, even though their activities had not changed.  How they saw themselves, how they “thought” they were doing changed them for the better.

  In an even more amazing study, a researcher in Boston did similar health biometrics on a group of mid-70 year-olds.  These folks were then placed in an environment that mimicked their lives in their 30’s – cars, magazines, furniture and music duplicated the earlier era.

  After 30 days, all health measurements were improved, even the lengths of their fingers!  And this was without even thinking about health or exercise.  Just being happy and hopeful seemed to jump-start healing.

  Clearly, thought always comes before action (hopefully).  Before you rearrange the living room furniture, you get the idea and then the action follows (as well as the possible back strain reaction!).

  In my practice, I coach on movement, breath-work, rehab exercises, etc.  Common responses I get when I ask how a new technique is working are:  “OK, but… I don’t do it often enough” or “I’m not too good at it” or “I have trouble sticking with it” or “_____” (fill in the blank – you and I both have a few more we can add!)

  So, my clients and I then make an agreement to let ourselves know we are doing well, we are improving lifestyle and we are gaining better exercise and movement habits and abilities. 

  Instead of the old adage “I’ll believe it when I see it.”, let’s try “I’ll see it when I believe it!”

Dr. Huntington practices Chiropractic, Biomedical Acupuncture and Physiotherapy in Oracle, Az.  He enjoys gardening and has and organic-fed egg and broiler business with his son, Andrew.  520-896-9844  huntingtonchiro@hotmail.com

admin (7654 Posts)


Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Playoffs or bust for Panthers girls’ volleyball

    23 hours ago
    by

    Superior Sun Last year the Panthers finished with a record of 13 – 10, just missing a berth in the state playoffs.


    Panthers too much for Wildkats in opener

    23 hours ago
    by

    Superior Sun Despite only a limited number of practices under their belt due to some late scheduling changes, the Panthers looked in midseason form as they routed the Duncan Wildkats


    Superior preschoolers head off to school, the first of firsts

    23 hours ago
    by

    Superior – The students and staff of Superior Head Start had their first day of the new school year on Monday, Aug.


    Superior’s Prickly Pear Festival fills Main St.

    23 hours ago
    by

    Once again, the Superior Chamber of Commerce and their well oiled machine of volunteers and community advocates hosted a successful event.


  • Stories Just For You

    EPA proposal could have disruptive effect of flow of electricity, state House committee told; Move to limit CO2 emissions would shift electricity generation from coal to gas-fired plants

    August 26th, 2014
    by

    Federal rules proposed to substantially improve air quality nationwide could have a negative effect on the health of Arizona citizens and the state economy,


    Pinal County Economic Development Director visits Oracle

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner Tim Kanavel, Pinal County Economic Development director visited Oracle on Friday, Aug.


    Superior Farmer’s Market robbed; police seek information

    July 29th, 2014
    by

    Armed robbers last Friday held up the Superior Farmer’s Market and absconded with an unknown amount of money, according to the Superior Police Department.


    Ray School District seeks budget override

    July 8th, 2014
    by

    By Mila Besich-Lira Copper Basin News The Ray Unified School District Board recently voted to hold a 10 percent maintenance and operations override election.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin