Dr. Esther Lu, ND
Hey, nice to meet you. I’m here to introduce myself and what I enjoy doing.
I’ve always been a strong proponent of the mind and body connection. What we experience and feel has a massive impact on our perception on the world, others and ourselves. These can be helpful mental constructs but can also be harmful and self destructive. Many conditions that involve pain, digestion, sleep and the mind have their root in harmful and distorted images and I’m here to help unravel them with you.
However, this doesn’t always mean talk therapy. It is extremely useful to have an impartial third person to sound things out with. But as they say, you can’t just talk the talk. You also have to walk the walk.
The human brain is really interesting because of its ability to make short cuts. It saves time and resources and lets us make snap decisions when needed. However, these short cuts aren’t just thoughts. They bundle in emotions and body sensations as well. For example, many people feel butterflies in their stomach when nervous or their blood rushes to their head when angry.
What’s interesting is that it isn’t just a one way street. If something unrelated causes those butterflies or the blood rush it can trigger that nervousness and that anger. Your brain will see that sensation and think, “Hey, last time I felt butterflies I was nervous. This means I should be nervous now”. Imagine how disruptive that would be if something as mundane as drinking coffee cause butterflies in your stomach which leads to extreme nervousness?! Of course, that example is a bit of an exaggeration.
This is where I try to help. Help you become aware of these connections, breaking them down and forming new and protective shortcuts.
What are ways I can do this? As a naturopathic doctor I have access to a couple different resources. Talk therapy was one, acupuncture, herbal medicine/supplements and specialized exercises are all on the table. My goal is to form a personalized and realistic treatment schedule with you. There is no point in trying to do the impossible.
I have also received extra training for Pelvic Floor Therapy from Pelvic Health Solutions in 2019. Many men and women experience chronic pain or incontinence and assume it is normal. It doesn’t have to be. As a part of your postural muscles the pelvic floor is where a lot tension can be held. Just like how some people get neck pain or headaches from stress you can get low back or pelvic floor pain as well. Feel free to see me or another licensed pelvic health specialist for an assessment and treatment.