While medicine, soft tissue therapies, manipulation, nutrition, surgery, mental attitude/mindfulness training, and rehabilitative exercise can all play important roles in the process of healing, it is ultimately the life reparative forces of the human body itself that heals any condition. All of these other healing methods simply assist the body in its own repair process. While you can heal without many of these therapies, the one necessary ingredient we all need for healing is to be alive. Without life, there is no healing. This intangible and scientifically elusive force that keeps us alive and heals us has been called "innate intelligence" by chiropractors, "chi" by eastern healing arts, and simply "life" by most.
While some may accept this life force as simply something that exists, I personally believe it is a gift from above, and that all healing is therefore ultimately from God. While earlier in my life I would have "rolled my eyes" at this "spiritual" notion, I have found through experience that this is the core of all healing. Of course, one cannot prove or disprove the existence of God, and I respect everyone's freedom of opinion on the subject. However, I have learned that reason and the scientific method are not applicable in the subject of divinity or its healing power. God works on the opposite side of reason and science through something called "faith". It is not something to be proved or disproved-you either decide to believe or not. However, if you do, faith in His promises may open many healing doors that would have otherwise remained closed.
As a Christian, I have experienced healing with my patients (as well as on a personal level) that was impossible without faith in God. As a former "educated atheist", and later "reasoned agnostic", I would have never imagined this to be possible before I witnessed it myself. Through the power of faith and prayer, many of my patients have improved far greater than could have otherwise been possible. At one point in my personal life, I had almost every one of my major joints screaming in pain. I had biomechanical compensations all over my body that were causing as much pain as the original injuries themselves. Even with all of my expertise and treatment, the pain and loss of sleep were de-railing my life. I recovered almost instantly through deep prayer and a belief that God not only could and wanted to, but definitely was healing me.
While I realize there are skeptics (I was once one myself), and plenty of rational "reasons" why the human belief system can change our physiologic healing without a possibility of divine intervention, I can only tell you that through pragmatic experience, I not only fully believe, but utilize this remarkable "grace from above" on a daily basis to help myself and my patients. I have found that building a relationship with God is the absolute one facet of life that I would never want to miss out on. What about you?
Faith is a purely personal decision. No one but you can decide whether to believe or not. I can only offer my own experience as I know how much it has helped my patients and myself. Obviously, besides pain relief, building a relationship with God is a life changing journey. While I do not know your views or approach to life, my own personal philosophy has always been heuristic in nature. I have always looked at the risk versus the benefit of trying something new. In the case of my initial willingness to believe, the only risk I imagined was losing my educated pride (both academic and life-experience based). I figured that, at the time, I had much more to gain if God's promises in the Bible proved to be true than if they didn't. If God was the most powerful, all knowing, most loving fountain of goodness, and had the greatest power wanting to heal me, then I would have to be a fool not to at least try. Little did I know just how great God can reward his believing children.
What I have found about Christian healing is that it works best with full faith in the Word of God. It is available to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Sometimes prayers are answered instantaneously, while at other times our patience and continued steadfast belief is tested for a while until we receive our reward. Sometimes, I can feel a difference in my pain the moment I pray and imagine God's power running through me. At other times, faith needs to be held onto through the darkest hours, when many would give up for lack of results. These results are often just waiting on the other side of that dark hour, day, week, month, etc. I have found that despite the time it takes for the gift to be delivered, faith ensures the delivery.
If you do not know where to begin, start reading the Bible for healing scriptures and what God promises his followers. There are may throughout both the Old and New Testament. If you do not have a Bible, use the internet. A Google search for "healing scriptures" will provide a long list of God's promises to heal his believers, who make an honest effort to repent and turn from sin and follow His ways, and who have faith and trust in Him. A local pastor or minister may be helpful. I have included some of my personal favorites below that I like to meditate on and use daily. Find one, two or three that resonate with you, and practice believing them each day. Recite them out loud, as well as in your mind and spirit, especially when any negative painful experience or thought presents itself. Over time, your faith will open many doors of wisdom, forgiveness, pain relief, and peace. It is not something that most would want to miss out on.
May God Bless You,
"By experience you will see that the Lord is good; happy is the man who has faith in Him"- Psalms 34:8
"Whatever you make a request for in prayer, have faith that it has been given to you, and you will have it"- Mark 11:24
"For I will make you healthy again and I will make you well from your wounds, says the Lord..." - Jeremiah 30:17
"I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them and reveal unto them abundance of peace and truth" -Jeremiah 33:6
And Jesus said to him, "if you are able! All things are possible to him who has faith"- Mark 9:23
And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well, go in peace, and be free from your disease" -Mark 5:34
" And whatever request you make in my name, that I will do, so that the Father may have glory in the Son"-John 14:13
" According to your faith be it unto you" - Matthew 9:29
" A glad heart makes a healthy body"- Proverbs 17:22
"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people" - Matthew 9:35
"And all the people were desiring to be touched by Him, for power came from Him and made them all well" -Luke 6:19