There are alternatives to being mutilated and poisoned..
Ever been told you had no other way of pain relief than to be mutilated or poisoned? You’re not alone… Here was a case I came across where I was able to provide alternative means to pain relief without the knife!
One of my patients lately came to me and reported that his doctor couldn’t help him with his neck, shoulder and arm pain he had been dealing with stemming from an accident that happened years ago. At this point, he was unable to hold his neck up by himself other than with his own arm.
When I first saw him, he was in extreme pain (at a level of 8 out of 10). The first few treatments helped immensely.
A few months later after the pain decreased, it was time for him to address the patterns causing the pain and after assessing the issue, it was a cervical nerve entrapment stemming from disc compression. We were able to treat with advanced myofascial techniques, neuromuscular and PNF stretching massage.
Rounded shoulders, the natural curvature of his cervical vertebrae that he once had was becoming more flattened due to his work patterns and his arms were mostly pronated (palms downward) while he worked all day at a desk.
The combinations of the computer/desk work and poor injury-recovery led him to this condition. He tried everything, a physical therapist, medicine, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, prayers, nothing was working. He really just wanted to not be in so much pain so he could rest.
I told him that there were movement patterns that he built up for a long time that I could help him address and also some exercises to show him how to strengthen his shoulders, upper and middle back muscles to help with support.
I worked on him for a period of two months or so and he began to improve, the pain became less, but there was one more issue with his radial nerve causing an issue with his index finger called, “trigger finger”.
Here are some exercises that we used to help with that, hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any way I can help you personally and I’d be happy to help.