Case Study: Post Surgery Work
Keith is an athletic middle aged movie maker, who was hit by a car when out biking one early morning.
He broke his hip and had surgery right after the accident. Keith called me before the surgery and asked about my availability, because he wanted a treatment as soon as possible afterwards, as he wanted to prevent too much scar tissue build up as a result from the invasion to the body.
He wanted to make sure to get work done on his leg before scar tissue built up too much and would wreck a havoc on his body. Keith also wanted to make sure he regained his range of motion quickly.
5-6 days after surgery
The first session took place very soon after the surgery, and we therefore moved along very carefully. I started off with cranio sacral therapy and some other very light touch techniques. I started working on the healthy Left leg at first, which gave releases in the injured right leg.
The right leg was very swollen. There were big purple bruises from the inner thigh down to the knee. There were Compresses and bandages on the outer side. As there were a lot of tension in the gluteus I also worked that muscle group on both sides.
Results: Keith felt a better range of motion
The very next day we did session number two. As I was working on the right shoulder, Keith had some releases in the right leg. As I was working on the wounded leg, releases throughout the whole body would ripple from specific points in the gluteus and hamstring. I worked through the tissues carefully and patiently, not moving on until one area had released as much as I felt the body wanted to release at this time. As I worked through area by area of the body, more and more releases took place like waves throughout the whole body.
Results: This time the results were fantastic. Keith called it magical. He reported a couple of days later that the swelling of the leg had gone down to half the size and he was able to put the double weight on it.
A few days went by
I witnessed the smaller size of the leg. The bruise looked a lot better, and the foot wasn’t swollen anymore.
I continued to work directly on the injured leg. The bandage had been removed and only band aid covered the scar.
We both felt an area in his right leg that had very low energy, and we jokingly called it the “dead area". This was above the area where the first screw had been placed. I worked slowly and deeply in this area.
When supine, Keith noticed a pain that ran from the inside of his lower leg up to the groin. I worked on this area from foot to inguinal area, and as I was doing so, Keith felt a shooting (referred pain from trigger point) pain from the toes all the way up to his throat, and then he felt a release, and the pain went away.
From Sunday to Wednesday.
The right injured leg looked almost like the left and normal leg. The bruise was almost gone completely. Keith felt something stuck in the gluteus along the attachment at the sacrum. I worked this area and Keith reported it felt liberating. I continued with thorough work on the gluteus, and hamstring. It was obvious that the body had healed a lot since the first day of treatment. When Keith got off the massage table, he uttered: “I feel like I can walk now”. However, his wisdom took over and he promised not to push it and use his crutches as advised by his doctors.
When Keith came in he was excited about the progress. He even made some silly grovy moves to show how good his hips felt. He said that now it just felt like some piano strings and sticks inside his leg were bothering the muscles. He also felt something being stuck around the sacrum on the right side. We started out with a regular back massage to calm the body and mind. Then I moved on to work the healthy leg since that was actually the tighter leg.
The work on the right leg woke up the wounded leg. When I got to the left leg it had more energy and it felt more alive. From working on the wounded leg we got some responses in the shoulder, which showed up as a jolt of the shoulder joint.
As I got deeper into the gluteus, there were still some spots that felt stuck and without vibration.
I am sure that some of you wonder what it means that something feels " stuck" or "dead", and how would someone feel it. Well, there is a specific feel to it!
When you touch a tissue that feels like it’s alive, it moves, it has a bounciness- a supple feeling, and sometimes the temperature is a little warmer. And, sometimes it's a lot warmer. To touch what feels like "dead” tissue, is like touching a rock. It’s simply hard; it barely responds to the pressure or touch that you apply to the body. It's also cold.
We awakened this part simply by sending energy through the tissues, and I finished when I felt a more vibrant and healthier tissue.
When we were done Keith reported, as he walked out with a big smile on his face, that he felt great. He thanked me a bunch, and two days later he left for China to make another movie.