Wednesday, 1 December 2010

An Alternative approach

OK, So I've had this Achillies injury hanging around for a while now, and it seems like I've been harping on about it forever. I've tried a lot of things from Stretching to Rolling to Icing to Ibuprofen. Now all these have definitely helped....but not cured.

My son had a problem with his knee from playing football, It had gone on for some time so we resorted to getting some Physio. By chance we seemed to have found a bit of a Miracle worker. It turned out that although the pain was in his knee, it all related to tightness in his back.

So impressed by the results I booked myself in for some treatment. My Physio (Jane Shatlock) uses two approaches to her work, Traditional massage and also the use of Chinese medicine and Acupuncture. I was intreagued, and before long was lying there with needles in my feet, calfs, upper legs, back and even my head!! Like my son the problem is not with my Achillies but within my Back. I also have blocked Gallbladder and Kidney Meridians!

For thousands of years the Chinese have believed that there are energy lines running throughout the body which your life source energy or Chi runs through. With the use of Accupuncture these energy lines or Meridians can be unblocked to allow the flow of chi to run smoothly through the body promoting a healthy balance to the body.

So I guess I've split the camp, There will be some of you saying "Bah Humbug" and the rest believing in this alternative approach.....and Me....Well I think I've been sold. Afterwards I felt incredibly relaxed, but I guess most people are after massage. The Achillies Injury, well it's getting there. I've been to two sessions, I would love to go to more but this kind of thing is not cheap, £45 for 45 minutes. But my back feels more free and with the combination of the massage and the continuation of stretching, the Achillies is feeling better.

The biggest thing though, is I seem to have been less tired over the last couple of weeks and had more energy which I put entirely down to the Accupuncture. I was also told that Yoga would help so I've dug out the never been used before Yoga video that gathers dust in the bookshelf and will give it ago.

 If someone 20 years ago had walked into the Pub where I used to sit and Drink with my Mates, and told me that I would having Accupuncture and doing Yoga....Well........


  1. Haha, it's fun to see how far you've come!

    I'm glad to see you were open about trying something new and (maybe) didn't judge it until you'd tried it.

    Get well soon!

  2. Definitely! Don't knock these things till you've tried them. Thanks for the comments.