Last week I had the opportunity to treat a lady who has been experiencing foot pain for the last 18 months. The pain in her feet had been bearable in the past, but over the past 6 months it had become progressively worse.
She also told that she feels like her current lifestyle is unsustainable as she is exhausted all the time, and she feels like she has been holding weight for the last 18 months.Her work day alone was enough to leave her exhausted, never mind having the energy to exercise. She was concerned about this as she had recently agreed to sign up for a 100 mile bike ride in a few months time and was worried that she would be unable to partake due to pain and her low daily energy.
After speaking to her about the numerous injuries she has picked up over the years due to a very active lifestyle we began the assessment process using P-DTR® and found that there nervous system was in a protective state. This protective state, known as hypertonicity (hyper – high, tonicity – tone) was affecting the overall function of her musculature.
In clinic, in order to account for as many potential factors that could be influencing a persons symptoms, we very often need to follow the P-DTR® assessment process out to a sensitised emotional memory. In this case, the protective response that we found was due to an emotional memory. As part of the compensation for this emotional memory, the peroneal muscles, that support the lateral ankle, and assist the big toe in maintaining contact with he ground were not functioning well.
After treatment, the protective response was no longer there, and the function of the muscles around the ankle was dramatically improved.
Having suffered numerous concussions in her past due to horse riding, we also found that one of the impact sites was also causing problems for her. This was compensated for my her adrenal glands. These glands can have a direct affect on your day to day energy levels if they are not functioning properly.
We also treated a dysfunction around her TMJ (jaw) that was linked to the function of her tibialis anterior muscles. These muscles are commonly involved in foot and ankle problems, and are very often found to be dysfunctional in shin splint type presentations.
At the end of the appointment, I asked her to give me an update in a weeks time, on how she was feeling after the treatment. Check out what she had to say in the image below 🙂
* Screenshot shared with permission from client*
We have some more work to do to get rid of the last bit of her pain and I am confident that after an extremely positive response to her first treatment, we can definitely get her back training and taking part in her upcoming bike ride.
If you suffer from pain that hasn’t gone away by itself, or hasn’t fully resolved despite some treatment , get in touch to find out if you could experience change like this lady has.
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