I first met Helen (not her real name) at the end of February this year. She is an 84yo widow who lives on a cattle farm. She was suffering from a low back pain incurred from a fall. It was impossible to do the things she loves. She heard a friend talking about how he had been helped by coming here.
She had been diagnosed with a torn cruciate ligament and underwent surgery to make repairs. She was also diagnosed with a fractured femur. Her constipation and incontinence had been part of her life for many years. Her prognosis? It was the surgeon’s opinion she would require a knee replacement. He placed her on the waiting list.
I well remember the day she was brought in by her daughter. She walked in clinging to a walking stick. She was not happy and in obvious pain.
Apart from taking ACE inhibitors and a Beta blocker for her heart she was also taking medication for reflux, depression and (of course) bucket loads for pain.
Her first treatment was with SCENAR. SCENAR is a Russian Non-invasive neurostimulation device (NIN). Basically, it uses a subtle electronic impulse to stimulate the brain into make changes that help the body heal itself. After 30 minutes Helen had no pain and found it much easier to dress, put her shoes on and walk.
Her relief lasted five days. She came to her next appointment without her walking stick (I never saw it again.) She began to hope and told me that she had been mowing two acres up until September last year and was missing the exercise. She said she would like to reduce her dependence on so many medications and be able to get back into her garden.
I have found through the 13 years we have been running this clinic that targeting treatment at the symptoms or diagnosis is often less effective than addressing the issues that lead to the problem in the first place. This is what natural medicine is all about. It is holistic because it looks beyond diagnosis (which usually represents the tip of the proverbial iceberg) to what is happening to the body as a whole.
Holistic medicine means using a multi pronged approach that incorporates personalised diet plans that support an individual’s unique genetic makeup, lifestyle changes to reduce some of the challenges of 21st century living and using evidence based herbal medicines together with cutting edge technology.
This is how we approached Helen.
Helen has been coming for 15 treatments to the present time. Over those treatments we have been using Russian and (recently) the very latest German NIN technology to reduce her low back pain and increase her mobility. She is back in the garden. She is back to mowing and loving it. Recently her surgeon told her that he was taking her off the knee surgery waiting list as she no longer appears to need it. Her incontinence has improved. She is happy and has been able to reduce her medication to those still essential for her.
Yesterday, as I was working on her, we were both commenting on how her life has turned around. We compared how she felt and looked when she came in for that first treatment with how she lives now. There was no comparison. She bounded in for her treatment today. She happily declared she is feeling good. No low back pain. She spent the whole session chatting away as I worked.
When I asked her if I could share her story (without divulging her identity) she thought it a great idea. At 84 she has her life back. If her story can help someone else with theirs, then she is very happy.
If you are in pain, don’t settle for it. Contact us to see how we may be able to help you to not live under pain.