Today’s blog has to do with a new client who’s had it pretty crummy…in her own words:
“I have been experiencing chronic foot pain for over ten years. Pain is like an internal swelling, unable to bend toes, tingling and in the earlier days foot burning. Also, in the earlier days of discomfort it was like walking on marbles since the discomfort started with the ball of my feet. The original pain was bolt of lightning strikes in my toes on both feet. Two different neurologists tests indicated that it was not neuropathy. Of the many diagnosis, the two that have remained steady have been gout and metatarsalgia (soft tissue pain). Foot pain becomes worse with activity and reaches the pain level of 10 by the end of each day after normal activities. Falling asleep each night has been a challenge (also sitting in a chair in the evening causes intense foot pain as well). I have tried
- Different OTC medications, pain creams (prescription and non-prescription), hot paraffin dip, Epsom salts soaks, essential oils, expensive shoes, inserts, vitamins, and essential oils.
- Western medicine: Orthopedic, Internal Medicine, Foot/Ankle specialist, pain management, Chiropractor, CT scan on back, surgery
- Other modalities - Acupuncturist, Reiki, behavioral counseling, massage, TENS unit, reflexology and other devices sold over the counter. “
So for her first visit, when her body wanted to work with the concept of breaking repetitious thoughts - I was pretty surprised. I was expecting to get into more physical/structural stuff. But her body clearly and strongly took us in this direction. It led us into a long –held perception of ‘lacking’. We spent a considerable amount of time working with this, and changed the pattern significantly.
At her second visit, she shared that she could tell how the thoughts had shifted, and things were starting to improve physically. We then captured all the stresses her body brought up and she discussed the feet and put pressure on them, and we got into some light work involving the Heart and Bladder meridians. But very quickly we progressed into the bulk of our work – her ammonia recycling pathways. There are 2 parts to this equation – and she had stress on both.
The first has to do with the glutamine production pathways in the body, which contribute to the removal of ammonia. She had a lot of stress involving Glutamate-Ammonia Ligase (GLUL). It was showing within the DNA itself, with variable expression (epigenetics) on the gene, within the messenger RNA transcript created from the DNA, and in the actual enzyme itself.
The second part has to with the actual Urea Cycle, and the liver’s ability to process ammonia into urea, so that you can get rid of it in your urine. There are a lot of steps involved in this, and she had stress at a bunch of them. I’ll skip the biochemistry, and instead share one of the interested things I discovered along the way. She has a frozen acupoint (specifically HT3). Acupoints have a movement to them – they kind of oscillate back and forth. Sometimes they can get wound up too much one way and then the can no longer move. That is a bad thing.
At her next visit, we then started to get into physical and structural stuff. We focused a lot on her Transverse tarsal joint. It’s part of your foot instep, and is involved in moving your foot around.
What’s the next result of all this? Things are doing much better for her. Better than then have been in a long time, and we are going in the right direction.
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