Add in everything including the kitchen sink. This saying creates a visual of “throw it all in there – every last item”.
In our analogy as water pours into the sink from the faucet, so does stress pour into our lives.
Stressors come in from all avenues. No one person has less stress than any other person. It is all in the filtration system. It is all in how we adapt to that stress.
If you can visualize it… stress pours into our life like water from a tap into a sink. When the faucet is completely open, water pours in fast and rapidly. If this is the case, the sink will overflow very fast. The water will seep over the edge. Or the faucet is open but, in a controlled manner and not an overflowing system.
There are two ways to overload the system:
- Having water pour rapidly into the basin, and /or
- The drain is plugged. ‘
If you have BOTH we are in real trouble.
If the drain pipe is clogged then the water cannot escape and the water (stress) stays in the sink.
Enter the next stress… and the next one… and the next one. Soon we get into the same problem. The water escapes overflowing the sink and boom we have overwhelm, and breakdown.
When we have a system that is overloaded, one drop will create overflow. Just one drop. These drops can be seen as coming from something minor and incidental. It is the infamous straw that broke the camel’s back. It is not that small incidental incident …but rather what lead up to it. The fact that the basin was full with previous water (stress).
Our job, as chiropractors, with every adjustment is to open the drain and improve the adaptability of the system. We help the brain to move to a state where it can perceive stress for what it is, and adapt appropriately showing a strong threshold and resiliency. Opening the drain when we need to, to keep a manageable level of water in the basin.
As patients their job is to turn the darn down the tap.
Keep your sink at a healthy level.
Stay healthy and strong