Saturday, March 03, 2012
an overweight but active 55-year-old man, had chronic hip and low
back pain, which he'd had for at least 20 years. He received
regular chiropractic adjustments but was referred to Handspring
Bodywork by friends. He said, "If you can help me, I'll think you
are a *&%#@! genius.
had restrictions in the left hip and behind the knee, the site of a
benign tumor removed in childhood. Additional restrictions were
found in the abdominal area (prostate/bladder), and also on the head
and face. Through comparing the various restrictions, I determined
that the primary restrictions were on the left side of Ted's neck
and an invisible scar on his chin. He had no memory of an injury
there, but that place was giving a large 'signal' as being the
restriction of most importance.
weeks after his treatment, Ted reported that he had had two weeks
free of pain. He returned to his chiropractor four weeks after the
Mechanical Link treatment, as he said, 'just in case'. I treated
Ted a second time, and again his chin appeared to be the main
months later, Ted hadn't been back to the chiropractor. It was the
longest gap he'd ever had with no chiropractic adjustments. He
spent an intense two-week period teaching away from home, which would
usually cause a lot of back problems, but this time he felt just
fine. Still, he couldn't quite believe the results, and was a bit
anxious about giving up the chiropractor.
the end of the year, Ted was experiencing no more than an occasional
twinge in his back. More than a year later with no additional
Mechanical Link treatments -- he reported that he'd had only two or
three chiropractor visits in the past year, and was doing fine.
reluctance to give up his chiropractic adjustments was not unusual.
It's common for people with long-standing chronic pain to believe
they will need ongoing, frequent treatments whether that is
chiropractic, massage therapy, or other manual therapy. The fact that
Ted's chin, where he had never experienced any injury or pain
that he recalled, was at the root of his back and hip pain was
also a fairly common finding. Surprising causes, fast and thorough
results -- just two aspects of the *&%#@! genius of Mechanical