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I want to introduce you to M.  He’s not my typical client, not that I really have those but you know what I mean.  Until May 2009 he was your typical (there’s that word again), active male, working hard and enjoying being outdoors and active.

He was up a ladder clearing out some guttering and he fell, landing on concrete, resulting in two months in a coma at Royal North Shore Hospital and then a few more months in recuperation at Ryde Hospital, until December.  Since then he’s been getting himself back – he’s had to learn to walk again and attends an exercise program called Walk On, three times a week.  He still walks with crutches but the Walk On guys have him walking short distances unaided – they work him HARD and he comes in with very sore muscles every week.  He sees physios and swims and is doing whatever possible to help himself.

M came to see me at the end of October last year because he had some swelling and pain in his lower leg for three weeks and after a clear Doppler his GP suggested some lymphatic drainage might help and sent him to see me.  That in itself is a minor miracle, a GP sending me a client, but I have to commend this particular GP, she’s sent me two clients recently – progress.

I did the usual upper body MLD clearing and focused on his left leg.  M was very sensitive to touch and had (and still has to a lesser degree) jerking responses, even when clearing his thigh his lower limb would be twitching, or sometimes his right leg.  I have to say that I did drop my lecturer a note about that and she assured me that this happens sometimes, it’s the increase in lymphatic flow making everything work a bit better and that includes nerves firing.  At the end of that first treatment he was amazed at the reduction in swelling.

He’s been coming regularly and we’ve added some laser to the treatment as the area around his lateral ankle is a bit firm and that has helped break down some of the fibrosis.  What we’ve been doing of late is adding ten minutes of remedial massage to his quads because he is worked so hard at Walk On that his muscles are sore.  Our treatments change according to what he needs on the day but it’s great to have a toolbox from which to choose.

Over the time we’ve had many discussions and I’m amazed by some of the things M still does, in spite of his limitations.  He related the story of being helped into the ocean while on holiday and a guy swimming out to him to tell him he shouldn’t swim because of the sharks – his response “I’m going to swim from one beach to the other and he should get out if he was worried about sharks”.  Well, the guy got out and M did his swim.

Or skiing again, using a special ski chair and going down so fast and doing such a sharp turn he broke one of the skis and had to get it repaired.  He’s given me some photos of him skiing with his instructor – pretty amazing huh.

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The moral of the story is, don’t be limited by what you think your body can and can’t do, anything’s possible.

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One of the things that my great friend Angela (who I’m now sharing a clinic with) and I have wanted to do for a long time is create a collaborative practice where clients receive care from a number of therapists to help them realise their full potential quicker. It is very rare that one therapist can attend to all the needs of a client – we are just too multi-demential as clients for that to work effectively.

 

Lisa and Angela's cards

Lisa and Angela’s cards

Lisa and Angela, door sign

Lisa and Angela, door sign

We had tried to do this in our last practice … four of us set up together and for various reasons (mostly administrative) two were not able to continue past a few months. But we still referred clients to them in their new practices.

We also tried to do this in our main clinics (we both worked in two), setting up a network of therapists to refer to – homeopaths, naturopaths, osteopaths, acupuncturists, nutritionists, you name it. And of course we referred to each other.

Angela sent an email out to all the health practitioners in our building and another building opposite that has a new practice and we have held a couple meetings so far. The first was to introduce ourselves, our passions and our therapies.

After the first meeting we decided a good idea would be to meet every six weeks or so to discuss a particular condition and how each of us would think about treating it if a client presented with it.

Well, I’m not shy. I put forward the first topic – lipoedema. As you know, I’m on a bit of a mission to educate the world (I’m thinking big) about this condition and I thought this was a really good place to start.

At the meeting we had a couple homeopaths, a couple naturopaths/herbalists, a kinesiologist, a dietician and myself. I thought that was a good broad base of knowledge and experience.

Discussion was spirited of course, which was fantastic. The dietician had come prepared with printed information on lipoedema, but it wasn’t a condition she had worked with so she was interested to hear what we had to say.

There was talk of which organs might be involved, what hormones, what vitamins were deficient, what remedies might be used. There was nothing in the homeopathic listing of conditions – the closest they could get was elephantiasis, not any where near but at least it was dealing with abnormal swelling in the legs. It was exciting seeing everyone giving their opinions and what they would look at. But still, we were no closer to finding out what common cause there might be – each of my clients present with totally different co-morbidities so it is hard to say what comes first, the lipoedema or for example, the fibromyalgia, or the celiac disease (just two picked at random).

Angela and I left the meeting quite excited – we had decided on a plan of action. We are going to run a study of our own to try and find a common link.

So. When my lippy ladies come in, if of course it coincides with Angela having a slot in her schedule, Angela will come into the session and test them using kinesiology, focussing on a few basic questions:

1. Are their neurotransmitters strong?
2. Which organs
3. Which hormones
4. Which cranial bones
5. Which homeopathic remedies
6. A general “other”
7. Priority for treatment

These may seem like odd questions, but kinesiology can be very specific, so by asking yes/no questions, Angela can find out which of the above are an issue.

I’ll try and give you a real example – my first client after the meeting was more than happy to be our first guinea pig. Her neurotransmitters were strong; her pancreas was weak; the hormone insulin came up; her sphenoid (a cranial bone) needed to be balanced; and two homeopathics (the homeopath next door brought six over for us to test straight away, based on how homeopathy would treat the condition) tested positive – thyroidinum 4 and pituitary ant 6; and because of all of the above, Angela did a “pre-diabetic” test which was positive. She then tested for my treatment that session what was the priority – MLD or balancing the sphenoid bone? And some craniosacral therapy to balance the sphenoid was what I needed to do first.

I’m sure our questions will evolve as we do more, but it was a place to start given the discussion we had that day with the other therapists. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could find some sort of link which can help women get diagnosed earlier or even, heaven forbid, find some sort of way to turn off the gene expression for lipoedema! Nothing wrong in thinking big right!

We’re going to be discussing autism in our next get-together. I bet that will be another full-on discussion.

I had a new client on the weekend.  Her daughter had called a week before to check that I had experience working with breast cancer and of course I was able to reassure her that I did.  On Saturday she came with her mother who is visiting from Germany.

Mum had breast cancer in January 2013.  She had a mastectomy, no radiation or chemo and is on Tamoxifen.  Here’s the clincher … she’s been having MLD in Germany every week since her surgery!  In Germany MLD is provided on Medicare, free of charge.  My goodness, wouldn’t that be nice here in Australia – that is the way it SHOULD be.  That way the risk of developing lymphoedema is minimised significantly.

I have to say I was a little nervous – here was someone who has had a lot of MLD, in a country where it is a way of life.  To me it would be a test of my abilities and in my own head I was worried that my technique wouldn’t be up to what she received in Germany (even though I get fantastic results and am totally convinced by the efficiency of the training I have received).

Daughter stayed in the room during the treatment as Mum spoke no English and she was avidly watching the process.  I could see that after I had created pathways away from the affected axilla to the unaffected side and down to the nodes in her groin and started on her arm, she had questions.  So I explained how we cleared the arm, moving fluid out from the midline to the outside of the arm, away from the armpit, then moved it along the outside of the arm up to the neck area.

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At this stage, she translated for Mum what we were talking about and Mum’s response was that I was being much more thorough than anything she had in Germany!  In Germany they don’t seem to create pathways down to the groin, certainly not to the level that I’ve been taught.  And the arm work is much more intricate than what she has had before.  And she loved being turned on her side and having work done to move the fluid away from the armpit and towards the deep nodes lining the spinal column.

It was a lovely confirmation on just how effective Vodder treatment is and I’m so pleased that I took the time last year to requalify in the technique.