Are you experiencing "Spooky Pains"?
Halloween is this week and my boys, Adam and Owen, are excited to go trick-or-treating in their costumes. They are both going to be Little Brown Puppies, and I must say they are very cute, even if it’s not too spooky. Speaking of spooky, I wanted to share some interesting cases about haunting pains that we’ve seen in the last 3 months.
Bursitis and Tendinitis
This last month, 3 new patients came in with complaints of bursitis and/or tendinitis. Each of them stated the pain had been around fwpooky, part of this is that the medical literature states that any inflammatory disease (the “itis” part”) should resolve in 4-6 WEEKS. Yet all of these were recurring for much longer. There must be some underlying cause that is not allowing the tissue to calm down. After a thorough investigation, we were able to identify the cause of the inflammation. Once we addressed the cause, their pain resolved within 2 weeks, and the spookiness went away. We had to identify the Why, not just the What.
Migraines and Ankles
Probably one of the most spooky/interesting cases I have encountered recently was a young woman who experienced migraine headaches 1-4 times per month. She was on some heavy-duty medication, she performed neck stretches daily, and had gone through multiple tests and treatments, none of which reduced her symptoms. When we performed a head-to-toe exam on her, I was struck at the tightness in her ankles. As this was an area that had yet to be addressed, we decided to pursue treatment there. In anatomy, there is actually a strong connection of the muscles and “fascia” between the ankles and the neck.
(You can see an illustration here: http://www.t-nation.com/img/photos/2009/09-147-bodyrepair/03.jpg)
After we released the tightness in her ankles, she immediately noticed a huge reduction in her neck tightness. We worked on that for 2 weeks, and I recently heard from her that she had a stretch of 3 weeks without a headache, a new record for her! I must say, this connection was scary, but when it works, it works. Spooky or not, it’s incredibly rewarding getting people out of PAIN!
I hope your Halloween is fun and safe. And, since we live here in Nevada, have a wonderful Nevada Day!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Josh Satterlee DC