A 60-year-old female massage therapist called for an appointment last week to treat intense L side sciatica pain she had been suffering 3 weeks without relief. She felt her sacrum was displaced as well. On her first visit, she was 9/10 in pain and activities of daily living. On her first visit, I could not get a clear picture of GB or BL line pain, so I chose to treat her SI+ R for pain and, if the pain remained, follow up with trigger point release of the three gluteus muscle and piriformis with electro stimulation. With the two, I was able to reduce pain by half and increase mobility.
Two factors that made it hard to decide are she talked both about how cold she was to the core and keeping her emotions very stuffed -yet feeling like they needed to break free. She also talked of the pain as a ball needing to burst open.
The second visit was the same, half SAAM, half ortho with electro. Again less pain and improved mobility. In this visit, she talked more about the pain being along the Bladder channel BL 54 to 58 and more about being very cold.
Third visit: 5 things were mentioned. 1) she mentioned other pain in her body that moves from place to place, 2) she described the pain always starting at BL 58 and moving up into the hip along the hamstring. 3) since using a hot water bottle on her lower abdomen, back, and BL 58, she was feeling warmer in general and no longer had to heat the bathroom like a sauna once a day to get warm 4) she also had recently acquired an aversion to wind 5) in the first visit, she stated that fear was her predominant emotion and that Joy had truly diminished in her life in the last year. Funny how you can ask the same questions every week and get different, better, more diagnostic information.
I had been reluctant to tonify BL because of how cold she was and feeling fear, but I was curious about the clear channel presentation. I muscle tested my hypothesis to use either HT or BL. It pointed to BL. I went for it BL + R. She immediately relaxed into the table as if melting. About 10 minutes in, she said she could feel the pain melting and felt like she had been in a very deep sleep with no awareness of time or place. After the treatment, as she moved about the room, her pain had left completely.
I remember Toby saying that a Wind-Cold Damp pathogen could be cleared using BL; this seems both logical and counterintuitive; I was also getting sidetracked thinking about her stuffed emotions and “sciatica”. I agree with having to quiet the mind to get a clear picture.