He was scheduled for back surgery. The pain was getting worse and worse; he was barely able to stand or walk and was desperate.
A friend told him to see me. I was his last resort. I was also the fifth chiropractor he has been to. He didn’t think I could help him but was willing to grasp at one more straw.
Like so many patients he arrived with a pile of X-rays and MRIs for me to look at while making doctor noises (Hmmmm! Hmmmmmm!) as so many others had done.
I thanked him for the pile, placed it on a shelf and told him I didn’t need all that expensive plastic (OK, there is some silver in the films). Imaging films such as X-ray, CT scans and MRIs are done on people who are frozen in time, in a certain position and who are three dimensional, at the very least. But these pictures are two dimensional – I’m not seeing the whole person. Besides we all know that loads of pain-free people have horrible looking MRIs while people who are suffering from lots of back pain may have relatively normal MRIs.
He seemed hurt that I was ignoring all these sacred pictures so I mollified him by telling him I’d study them later if it was necessary.
Now to attempt to succeed where so many others have failed.
Using Koren Specific Technique (KST) I quickly found some unhappy discs (herniated, bulging, torn, inflamed) and in just a minute or less adjusted them as he was standing.
He stood up with a funny look on his face, excused himself and walked out of the office. “I have to make an important phone call,” he said.
He returned a couple of minutes later. “What was that about?” I asked.
“I called the surgeon and cancelled my surgery. I don’t know how you did it but for the first time in many months the pain disappeared. What did you do?”
Three weeks later he went on a 50-mile hike with his son with a full backpack. He has since referred his wife, children and grandchildren in for care. So what did I do?
Disc problems can be a patient’s, and chiropractor’s, nightmare.
Patients with unhappy discs often don’t hold regular (structural) adjustments and tend to plateau – or get worse over time.
Patient is miserable, doctor is frustrated. Unless the disc is adjusted they may never achieve spinal stability and integrity.
Under medical care patients back surgery costs a small fortune; chiropractic is less expensive and yet the great results we wish to see often eludes us. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Since discovering KST nearly ten years ago (and using it to correct my own disc problems) I have found it has been a blessing to other disc pain sufferers.
Using KST I have discovered some easy and often quick ways to correct discs problems. In addition the patient can help self- adjust his/her discs when the doctor is not around.
At my KST seminars we teach lumbar disc corrections using a protocol to quickly and easily locate and correct disc problems.
But what can a doctor (or patient) who has not taken a KST seminar do right now? What if you are suffering at this moment?
Here are some things you can do that may give surprising results.
You first need to do a little poking around your lower back. You’ll find that on the left or right side of the lumbar (low-back) vertebrae there will be some painful “hot spots.” They are often 2, 3,4, 5, 6 or more inches lateral to (away from) the spine. If the hot spot is on your side, it means the disc is inflamed or bulging or torn in the lateral direction. If the painful “hot spots are on the abdomen that means there are anterior disc problems.
After you locate the hot spots you can use an adjusting instrument, even a wooden dowel (maybe 1/4 inches in diameter or even your fingers and you tap into them. This will hurt a little. Do it as you are moving, twisting or turning your lower spine – where the pain is the worst, that may be the best spot to tap.
You may find an immediate improvement. It may not be 100% but you’ll notice some relief. And if you’ve ever had sciatica or severe lower back pain you’ll take any relief you can get.
I’ve seen this work in the most difficult, painful patient.
Sometimes you’ll see a minor improvement – but you’ll see an improvement in almost every case.
If you are a doctor I recommend you give your patient homework to tap into these “hot spots” when they are in bed or during the day.
Using KST you can locate these hot spots quickly and easily and adjust into them quickly and easily.
But you can also find the hot spots by palpation (it will take a little longer).
A little tip: you may feel what feels like a tight, thin band radiating from your spine outwards many inches. Usually the hot spots are along this band.
Please write me and let me know how you are doing with these suggestions.
For more information on KST go to www.korenspecifictechnique.com or call 800-537-3001.
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