Saturday, November 14, 2009
Last Monday week an innocuous incident saw me dropped by a severe case of lower back pain.
Years of pre-acupuncture physical toil, harvesting potatoes and
picking fruit has taken it's toll on my body, leaving me with a
susceptible lower back.
For the last 5 years regular acupuncture treatment and heightened
awareness of no can do activities has kept me relatively pain free n
However whilst taking off my wetsuit on this fateful day, I casually
used my foot rather than my hands to drag down the leg of said suit.
I knew I was in trouble straight away but hoped that my severe lower back pain would resolve quickly.
Alas, days end saw me bent over like an old man and unable to
straighten without significant pain and discomfort, severely
compromising my ability to get in and out of my vehicle.
In addition I found it impossible to sit for more than a few minutes
at a time, severely disrupting my ability to publish blog posts, write
emails and update http://www.worldacupuncture.com product pages as promised.
Ugh, not a pretty site.
The following day was an unofficial public holiday in Australia for the running of a horse race, known as the 'Melbourne Cup'.
Phew, no clinic enabled me to gingerly travel to the residence of my
long time assistant and resident tonetskyu (rice grain moxibustion)
She generously applied tonetskyu and inserted some intra-dermal needles close to the most painful points.
I experienced some relief and was able to get a better nights sleep and travel to work the next day, where my colleague Nick then applied acupuncture as pictured below in conjunction with a Kidney root treatment.
Again I enjoyed sufficient relief to complete a very busy day in clinic.
The situation was complicated by the fact that my daughters and I
were to travel some 300 km on Friday to visit old family friends on
their property in the hills behind Coff’s Harbour on the mid North
Coast of New South Wales.
Of more immediate concern was my ability to travel 200 km to and
from my rooms in Brisbane not to mention being able to treat the many
patients booked in for treatment on the Thursday as a result of the
aforementioned unofficial public holiday on Tuesday.
Fortunately my assistant on the Thursday morning Andrew, an
accomplished student who had been diligently practicing his traditional
acupuncture skills throughout the year gave me another treatment.
Utilizing the marks that I had asked Nick to make on the previous day; Andrew skillfully administered an identical treatment.
Suffice to say that I made it through the day and got home in one piece, albeit slightly bent.
My daughters arrived that night and we awoke on Friday morning to
the news that our destination, Coff’s Harbour had experienced a massive
deluge of rain overnight and flooding was rampant.
o complicate matters the intense low pressure system that was
contributing to such an extraordinary rainfall was going nowhere and
the rain was forecast to continue for the next 24 to 48 hours making
our planned journey more than a little perilous.
Add to that my extremely suspect lower back condition and we were
experiencing some degree of trepidation, a situation not remedied by a
phone call from my close friends in the eye of the storm strongly
suggesting that we abandon our journey.
Our friends communicated some significant concerns about our safety, especially gaining access to their property.
This assessment was based on the fact that at the time of the phone
call access to and from the property had been cut off by rising
Nevertheless, my daughters and I rarely have exclusive time together and decided to cast caution to the wind and make the trip.
Thankfully all went well and we had a fabulous although extremely wet weekend.
The moral of the story is that fortune favors the bold and
traditional acupuncture was incredibly effective, resolving my pain and
discomfort sufficiently for me to travel such a distance and negotiate
some hair-raising creek crossings, enjoy a wonderful party and arrive
home in much better shape than when I departed.
To cap it off, I went for my first surf since injuring my back
yesterday enjoying some pristine conditions at my local break at
Rainbow Bay a little over a week after suffering from an extremely
nasty dose of acute lower back pain, from my perspective as a patient a
very good result indeed!
I hope all is well with you and yours.
The following images should give you some idea of our adventurous
weekend in addition to showing me on the treatment table for a change.
- Japanese Acupuncture helped resolve my Acute Lower Back Pain dramatically
- Thumbs up as I receive a Japanese Acupuncture treatment for severe acute lower back pain
- Deep in the Hills behind a very flooded Coff's Harbour, Australia
- Jose, movin a few engine breaking rocks
- Floodwater's at Coff's Harbour turned the road into a voluminous cascade of H2O
- What causeway, at least the water level is down from the previous day?
- Debris hanging over the fence gives some idea of the volume of water from the previous night
- Contented cattle grazing upon the rolling hills behind Coff's Harbour
- Once was a proud road sign
discussing strategies to re establish contact with the outside world.
Note: The size of the rock the fellow in the background is moving
- First car through post flooding
- Safe haven high in the hills behind Coff's Harbour
Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of
Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. For well over a decade, independent
of and in conjunction with Masakazu Ikeda sensei and Edward Obaidey,
Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 40 Traditional
Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, New Zealand and USA.
Driven by a strong desire to promote the consumer friendly nature,
clinical efficacy and potency of Meridian Based Traditional Japanese
Acupuncture, Alan is a staunch advocate of practically based workshops
and draws upon his 25 years clinical experience and 14 years post and
undergraduate teaching in a concerted effort to lift the bar globally
in the clinical application of this most amazing medical art.
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