At times it is more advantages to treat a client in their bed before they start their day. In this case, John's air mattress is more comfortable for him than my table. Also, working on him in his bed doesn't require his home-care agent to transfer him back and forth with the hoyer lift which eats into our session time.
Pictured above is a progression from a grade 3 mobilization of Mohli's acromio-clavicular joint, where I implement a Total Body Balancing (TBB) treatment. By grasping her hand in my armpit space, I use a gentle rhythmic rocking motion with my body. Simultaneously, with gentle thumb contact on a previously painfully-tight neck muscle, I direct the mild tension generating in the shoulder region, to point in the muscle that feels warm and unyielding to the touch. With my left hand, the right scapula is encouraged to glide back and forth over the upper ribs in time with my movement. The soothing rhythmic movement of the entire shoulder complex is to much for the grouchy muscle, and it releases! Mohli reported a great reduction in pain in the neck and restriction in the shoulder!
Another Chanda Plan client helper is Mali; seen above. For Mali, I am using my table and an early generation Solocarbon® Infrared heating pad from Sunlighten™. The heat from this pad is deeply penetrating and has variable intensity. Because of the Solocarbon® technology, the air around the pad is unaffected by the heat, so its far less likely to irritate the skin. From the proprietary Solocarbon® fiber of the pad, infrared energy safely heats the body from within the superficial tissues.
To find a "position of ease" from which the client can feel needed global relief and accept other treatments more effectively I expertly bolster the clients joints with lots of pillows and various foam wedges. Sometimes this is enough to stop nagging areas of pain in multiple areas at once!
Q:What type of MS do you have (stage etc.)?
A: Quickly progressing primary progressive.
Q: How would you describe your life today?
A: I have a full life, constrained by my MS.
Q: You are one of the most happy and authentically content people I know, has your healthcare contributed to this and How?
A: Thanks for saying so! It's hard to know the path not taken with any certainty, but I believe that the attention to the health of my muscles has prevented significant chronic pain.
Q: Do you remember any specific healthcare decisions that were so beneficial for you that you'd recommend it for others?
A: Each healthcare situation is unique, but for my situation, I certainly feel I've benefited from my stretching routine and the therapeutic massage I've received. I also am glad that I've minimized my daily meds.
Q: Concerning self care, what's one thing you always try to remember?
A: As far as self care, I always try to remember to eat my vegetables. At least one large plate every day.
Q: We first met via The Chanda Plan, could you explain your experience with them and whether you'd recommend their help to others?
A: The Chanda Plan was wonderful to work with. They sponsored several months of therapeutic massage, proving its value to me. They are an excellent organization, with an inspirational mission. I encourage everyone to check them out and donate.
Q: Is there anything you'd like everyone to know that they may not know?
A: Multiple Sclerosis is a non-communicable disease of the central nervous system. Its symptoms vary in each individual, but can lead to blindness, quadriplegia and death. Research is ongoing. Your donation at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ can help fund a cure.