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Female knee pain

I was recently booked for a Corporate Clinic Day by a company outside London to see if I could help their employees with some of the main and symptoms that they were experiencing on an ongoing basis. These problems had been contributing to days missed from work and the owner of the company was keen to see if I would be able to help to reduce the number of days missed. The success of this can only be measured over a longer period of time but we definitely got off to a great start.

During the clinic I met a lady who has been suffering from a lack of function in her lower body. She reported to me that she was unable to walk the length of her supermarket whilst doing her groceries and that she would have to stop to hang on to her trolley to keep herself from falling over. She described the sensation as “losing power in my legs, particularly the front of my thighs’. This sensation was often accompanied by some light pins and needles and numbness in the front of her thighs. She also mentioned that she found it difficult to rise from being seated to standing and that she had fallen over 4 times over the past few years due to not being able to control her movement.

Her history was quite interesting, with a key moment for her being a period spent in hospital due to pneumonia and a surgical procedure. She was able to walk after this period but not as she used to and she noticed that her movement had become less comfortable for her over the past 6 years.

Observing her gait, it was easily apparent that she was struggling to manage her mass as she moved. Her gait pattern appeared very unsteady and the unsteadiness became more pronounced the more steps she took. She told me that she felt like her movement was growing steadily worse and that she was really uncertain what would happen if he continued to get worse.

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Using P-DTR®, I assessed her nervous system, finding that she was displaying a strange response. She had bilateral inhibition of quadriceps, tibialis anterior, hamstrings and abdominals. She also had an over-facilitation of her lower back muscles, pectoral muscles and her SCMs bilaterally. This meant that she could not resist manual testing of the inhibited muscles, and the muscles that were over-facilitated, were not able to be inhibited.

We traced the source of this response to sensitised abdominal scar tissue from her previous surgery. Decreasing the sensitivity manually using a P-DTR® technique normalised the function of all the above listed musculature except for the hamstrings. She was amazed at the difference she felt in her ability to connect with these muscles when the sensitivity of the scar tissue was decreased.

Following treatment, all of the inhibited muscles were displaying normal tone and she was encouraged to walk to see if she noticed a change whilst she moved. She was shocked at how much more control she had when moving.

She walked around the treatment space and after a few moments she told me that by now she would have had to sit down as the pins and needles and fatigue would be overwhelming but that she wasn’t experiencing any of them.

Following up with her a week after treatment she had this to say:

“Hi David,

I really enjoyed the session with you and was amazed at the results. I am walking better and standing more upright. My energy levels have increased too. I would highly recommend you to anyone who has had no joy from their doctors or other therapists. You can put your fingers on the problems instantly. Thanks and regards.”

If you have been suffering with pain and symptoms that are impacting upon your daily life, just like this lady was, get in touch using the details below to speak with David to find out whether this treatment approach would be able to help you too.

E: david@davidmcgettiganclinic.com

P: 07951105217

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