Mary is my acupuncturist, who is curing my painful hip and fall-asleep legs. Every two weeks, she relaxes my ligaments with heat, needles, and other tools. Once the ligaments are relaxed, she manipulates my joints to return the bones that meet in those joints to their proper positions and proper relationships with each other.
The human “bedrock” Mary teaches about is bone, in particular, the lumbar spine, sacrum, and pelvis:
According to Mary, “Problems there translate upward and downward via the ligaments, tendons, fascia, and muscles to create…problems elsewhere in the body. The sacroiliac joints are the place where the forces from the upper body and the forces from the lower body meet…Problems that begin at the sacroiliac joints affect every joint of the body…”
Recall that in my last post, I told about a year I spent locking my right side and depending on my left side for most of my walking action. This resulted in problems based in my “bedrock” joints, problems I only became aware of decades later when they started making my left hip hurt and my legs fall asleep.
It turns out, these problems are not confined to my hip and legs. They extend into my knees and feet, into my shoulders, neck, and hands. Thank goodness Mary is slowly coaxing my body back into balance.
I highly recommend Mary’s article. It is so clear, even a lay person can understand it. I’m going to photocopy it for my internist and for my orthopedic surgeon.
If you want a copy of Mary’s article for yourself, just go to the archives of the Oriental Medicine Journal and order the fall 2010 issue for $15.00. I’ll be happy to hear your reaction to Mary’s article and to my latest two posts.