2007-10-12 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Aches And Pains Of Autumn
Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. NANCY GAHLES DR. NANCY GAHLES Autumn is the season that brings with it a plethora of changes in temperature, light and lifestyle. Along with these changes in the environment and in our school, work or social lives, the sensitivities of our bodies give us clues as to the uneasiness with which some of us make this transition from summer to fall.

As a Doctor of Chiropractic as well as a homeopath, this season brings to my office those people who have aches and pains in their back. Their joints are painful and much aggravated by the barometric pressure changes. It is common during the months of late September, October and November to have wide fluctuations in temperature throughout the day.

For instance, one may wake up to damp, cool, windy weather only to have it change to hot and humid by midday and back to damp and cool in the evening.

People with compromised integrity of joint structures, as in curvatures of the spine, or those with articular deficiencies such as loss of cartilage (in arthritis), or degenerative disc disease, do not have the inherent flexibility within the spine or the hip joints that is necessary to accommodate rapid changes in barometric pressure.

These people suffer with the weather changes from damp to cold and from Of Autumn

the temperature changes from warm to cold.

Sadness is very commonly associated with these physical complaints, as the autumn is a melancholy time for some people, especially those predisposed to Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Two of the most common homeopathic remedy types that I am likely to see in my chiropractic office are Pulsatilla and Calcarea Phosphoricum. Both types have curvature of the spine and I find that the weakness of the back, poor posture and the evils of carrying heavy backpacks make this a remedy that is used frequently in school age children. The obvious symptoms of weepiness and moodiness along with the "wandering pains" can help to distinguish the person who needs Pulsatilla as a remedy. Anticipation anxiety from new school or social environments are also characteristic of Pulsatilla. In teenage girls look for menstrual abnormalities. In pre-school and grade school children look for clingy behavior and anxiety that prevents sleep. Children who need Pulsatilla may also experience earaches from the windy weather. Encourage them to wear a hat or scarf that can protect their ears if the wind is blowing hard while walking outside, or watching a soccer game.

Concentration issues from mental exertion make it difficult to study while reading for a long period of time. This is true of Pulsatilla as well as Calc. Phos. Both are daydreamers, which is not a trait typically embraced by the educational system. This gives them anxiety and the Calc. Phos. child may be the one whose parent complains that they go to the nurse's office frequently with pain, so they can go home.

I see children of all ages in my office and the adults that predominate also have ailments from mental exertion. At this stage in their lives, their ideas are more fixed or rigid and this is reflected in their bodies. Generally, they have anxiety over money, business and family issues. Both affect quality of sleep and this too is a cause for back pain.

Our bodies reflect the mental/emotional states that we may not have the language to express. Seasonal sensitivities can give us clues that bear investigation into these realms as causative and preventive factors when treating musculoskeletal or neurological issues.

More information on homeopathy can be found by visiting the website of the National Center for Homeopathy at www.thenationalcenterfor homeopathy. org. You can also e-mail me at askDrNancy@aol.com.

May The Blessings Be!

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