Friday, April 12, 2013
I just finished an estim course in Toronto over the weekend in dc current, which is in the microamp range( one thousandth of what I currently use on patients). It was a fascinating two days learning Traditional chineses medicine (TCM) of being a model and practising on other students to deliver healing current to the body. One student, a big burly ex-mariner and occupational therapist (OT) from Cape Breton was able to increase hand movement significantly for the first time in 22 years. As a skeptical OT with a plate and screws in his left ulna, estim has never been an option for him because ac current in the milliamp range would ground to his hardware and cause intense pain.
After the instructor ( a physiotherapist and licensed accupuntcurist) treated the scar, and adhesions, and a standard TCM spine protocol, he was able to show us how to get change from the drive-thru (not a great plus in the weight loss world) without rotating his spine and shoulder. He went from belligerent and skeptical to silent. And then turned his back and quietly cried.
I didnt have any aha moments, but felt great from the treatments. My own professional use of the device is for the face and neck and I will be able to treat people with pacemakers with estim now.
And me: I have been following the protocol for obesity and sleep apnea, and am excited to see what happens. My headaches are gone. My sinuses are less crusty.
My piriformis and gluteus medium are actually loose - instead of spastic (its a big muscle that is hard to reach under the glutes running from sacrioliac of the pelvis to the head of the femur ) No sciatica. Is this a placebo or will it complement the efforts I make to eat healthier and exercise more? Time will tell. Im not sure what to blog, but it would make sense to log microstim treatments and subjective feelings like change in cravings, stiffness, foot and neck pain.
The grief of injury and loss of function is something I store inside me, just like the therapist from Cape Breton who regained flexion and supination of his wrist. What grief am I storing with the loss of my body function and shape from obesity? ....I am ready to let go of this grief I have been holding!