Rose was in a 4-wheel accident on her July 4 outing. She went crazy while rolling her SUV. He had multiple injuries that affected his left shoulder, back, hips, and legs. Four and a half months later, she was struck to her knees.
Rose received two massages from a local masseuse who helped free her shoulder. The masseur did not address his lower body. When I got to town, Rose asked me if I would give her a massage. He didn’t ask me to work on a specific part of his body.
I had Rose put on a pair of shorts and walk down the hall for me. I watched:
1. His feet bent inward. Her lower legs were not straight at the joint between her ankles, but were leaning inward. She was wearing out the inside of her slippers.
2. She was hit on her knees. Their thighs and knees rubbed. The lower half of her legs were spread out in an unnatural tripod shape.
3. I tested her pelvis to see if it was in its correct position. It was not. He had an anterior pelvic tilt.
4. He had a hard time walking because his hips were too tight. It seemed to drag its legs from side to side as it took each step.
He later reported to me that his bruised knees interfered with his exercise routines, walking, running, and sometimes sleeping.
To remedy their problems, I used a few different techniques:
1. I only worked on his legs. I used light strokes of effleurage to flush the lymph fluid from her legs, starting at the top and then the bottom. Lymph discharge sites are located in the upper and lower torso, so it is important to move the lymph to the discharge site. Always move the lymph closest to the discharge site first to make room for additional lymphatic flow. In this case, I first moved the lymph from her thigh so that the lymph from the lower leg would have a place to go when it empties.
2. I then did a medium to deep tissue manipulation on her quadriceps, the front of her thigh, while she was lying on her back. Then I rolled her onto her side and worked the inside of her thigh and the calf of the same leg with the same long, deep strokes. I asked him to flex and extend his ankle while I loosen and lengthen the tight tissues on the inside of his leg. I used tapotment, which is a light tapping with the tips of the fingers and cupped hands to further loosen the muscles in the legs.
3. Then I laid her on her stomach and worked the back of her leg starting with lymphatic drainage in the same way as described above. Then I went into a medium to deep tissue stroke and manipulated these muscles as I did the rest of the leg.
4. I repeated this whole process with the other leg. I spent 45 minutes on each leg.
5. Then I asked him to get up and walk to observe our work. She was much better.
6. Then I made her lie on her back again. I then used a sacral cranial therapy technique to adjust her pelvis. I cradled her sacrum in my hand with my fingertips on the top of her pelvis. I traced his pelvis down to his feet while pulling each side of his pelvis inward toward the middle of his torso with the other arm. She and I felt her pelvis return to its place. The smile on his face told me that I could feel the relief. This took less than five minutes.
I made him get up slowly and walk again. She was dizzy and giggling as she strutted with the same mobility she enjoyed not so long ago. Then he started jumping for joy, clapping and hugging me. He was amazed at how quickly we were able to relieve pain in his knee and restore his range of motion and mobility.
The injury massage is my favorite. My greatest satisfaction comes from restoring quality of life and assisting the body in its healing process.