A sixty five year old women broke her ankle four months previously. It had healed well, but remained very stiff, swollen and painful. This is a very common scenario. Having been immobile for some time, the ankle had naturally stiffened up. Because of the lack of movement, oedema (fluid swelling) had accumulated through the whole foot. This in turn had caused pressure and irritation to nerves and soft tissues and a painful cycle of events had set in, which despite physiotherapy exercises, was not resolving.
After two treatments of manual lymphatic drainage and mobilisation of the foot and ankle, most of the swelling had gone. The foot and ankle were mobile and the pain had resolved. The patient was now free to resume normal activity and to complete her recovery.
This is an example of how a relatively simple approach is able to intervene in a negative cycle and break down the barriers to healing , thus enabling a swift return to health.
A thirty two year old salesman suffered persistent headaches over six months that were not helped by prescription painkillers. In fact due to the ongoing nature of the problem, brain scans had been performed with no abnormality detected. On examination, the patient had very tense muscles across his shoulders and up into his neck. His neck was stiff and restricted in movement and some of the spinal joints at the top of his neck were particularly stiff and compressed.
Headaches can have many causes, but most commonly they have a musculo-skeletal cause. This is often brought on by sustained poor posture and may have a stress related component. Having conducted a neurological examination and taken the patients blood pressure, it was considered safe to treat the patient.
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