“Never put a needle in a patient until you’ve already done the treatment.” - Bob Duggan L.Ac My patient was a woman in her mid- thirties, mother of three ,...
“You saved my Ass.”
There are treatment protocols learned while in school that I never have the opportunity to try out in clinical practice. Because I need an actual patient to have that ailment at the time of treatment.
A few weeks ago, I had such an opportunity. A regular patient of mine came into her appointment with a tailbone injury.
She acquired this while sledding with her children less then a week prior. Symptoms included trouble sitting, pain upon transition from standing to sitting, pain while laying on her back and while twisting. There was some lower back pain. She had an adjustment from her Osteopath the day before and was preparing for the customary 6-8 week pain cycle of an injured tailbone.
I got her on the table, eager to try a few points that I remember watching a teacher, way back in school needle once for a tailbone injury. I needled those points and a few addition points, specific to this very patient and the work we have been continuously carving away at for more then a few a years. She rested for a period of time, enjoying feeling comfortable and warm on the table.
She reported feeling a release down the back of her legs, like an electric sensation.
Once off the table, walking and sitting down, she said it felt a lot better. I asked her to touch base with a report in the next few days.
She texted me the very next day…”Wow. Felt better right away after the treatment and had almost a pain free night! Definitely have turned a corner. Thank you!”
She came in for another treatment, two weeks later. I repeated the points and worked a little bit more on her lower back and neck. On the way out the door she said, “you saved my ass, literally”. We chuckled and I wished her well.
It is pleasure to practice a medicine that constantly evolves and offers little surprises along the way. There is no getting bored because there is always another door to open. More to lay my curious eyes on, more to wrap my inquisitive brain around. It is an endless field. This can feel daunting at times but mostly It is a wonderful thing. Supporting people, making lasting changes in their health, unraveling the hidden messages of symptoms. It is good work!