Lett's Set A Spell
While listening to end-of-school year conversations and hearing youngsters discuss report cards, awards, graduation ceremonies and summer plans, I think about my own academic year. My 2013 curriculum has focused on health with a major on relieving and releasing the pain from injuries sustained in a car accident back in November 2011 and a second major on discovering the causes of my physical exhaustion, mental confusion and emotional vulnerability.
When taking Pain Management 101 last year with lots of physical therapy in the form of massages, chiropractic treatments and soaks in the bathtub, my grade point average was terrible. Even though I have not taken a prescription drug since 1975, I succumbed to the habit of taking too many over-the-counter drugs. I used Ibuprofen for pain by day and took Benadryl to encourage sleep and muscle relaxation each night. I discovered that drinking a Coke with Ibuprofen relieved the pain more quickly, but gained 10 pounds from this beverage.
By now I had given up on having the energy to travel to do book-signings, so I concentrated on speaking to audiences about how to reinvent ourselves and how to use marketing and social media to promote our businesses. After offering my last workshop through the statewide community college system last November, I collapsed because the pain was ruling all my activities and exhausting most of my energy. I faced the frightening fact that I had to put my career on the back burner and advance to Pain Management 102.
OBSESSED WITH breaking the pattern of pain, I searched for answers. A friend with a sports injury recommended a massage therapist Betsy Bickel in Durham, who was using a simple technique that had quickly alleviated her pain.
Betsy was trained in the MyoKinesthetic System that was created by a chiropractor, Dr. Michael Uriarte, who was seeking better solutions for treating his patients’ pain. Dr. Uriarte named his discovery the MyoKinesthetic System, combining Myo meaning muscle and Kinesthetic for movement, noting that the muscle movement technique corrects and balances the nervous system. He says this method quickly and easily resets the body to ease and eliminate pain, to restore range of motion, and to improve posture. With this approach, the practitioner will not treat an area, but will work with the soft-tissue muscular system to change the nervous system to treat the cause of the problem.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Uriarte has been deeply involved in research and discovery of the MyoKinesthetic System while managing his office in Overland Park, Kan. He developed this technique in the early 1990s and refined the system in his clinic before sharing it with other healthcare professionals.
DURING MY first appointment, Betsy examined my body, looked at my posture, asked where the pain was located and questioned me about various symptoms. After an hour of treatment, my entire body felt different and that night I slept unusually well. I awoke the next morning to less pain than I had known in many months.
Having several sessions with Betsy, I continued to make progress. I was disappointed when Betsy told me she and her husband were going abroad for a while, however, she suggested other practitioners trained in the MyoKinesthetic System. I chose Margie Brache in Chapel Hill and have gotten tremendous results.
As the pain has decreased, my energy has increased. Several other modalities are helping me make progress and restore my health, but that’s another story for another day.
AlexSandra Lett is a professional speaker and the author of “Natural Living, From Stress to Rest;” “A Timeless Place, Lett's Set a Spell at the Country Store;” “Timeless Moons, Seasons of the Fields and Matters of the Heart;” “Timeless Recipes and Remedies, Country Cooking, Customs, and Cures;” and “Coming Home to my Country Heart, Timeless Reflections about Work, Family, Health, and Spirit.” Lett can be reached at (919) 258-9299 or LettsSetaSpell@aol.com.