(I originally posted this Blog back in November 2017 on my old website – there is also a Part 2 to this Blog. Please read it also… Thank you)
Now this could be a humorous article or a serious ‘no holds barred’ article.
Either way – the message is still going to be the same.
AND ladies you should be encouraging your fellas to do this.
Got it? … Great!
It has taken me nearly a week to come to terms with the outcome of this Blog and to therefore write about it, but last week I had a new client present at my clinic.
His boss (a long term client of mine) had recently injured himself at work and could barely walk into the clinic when he arrived. After Bowen, when he arrived at work the next day, his work mates could barely believe he was the same person – the boss was walking and moving normally!!! So this is how NJ was referred to me.
I like getting new clients. It gives me the opportunity to sink my teeth into a complete full body function assessment and have an in-depth chat with them about their general health and well-being.
When NJ first made contact he literally had ‘verbal diarrhoea’ telling me about all the treatments and modalities he had tried over the past 10-12 years for his back pain – herniated discs.
‘Nothing’, he said. ‘Nothing has worked’. However, he had seen his boss have miraculous results with Bowen Therapy and was being nagged to give me a go.
Now even with the outcome his boss had had and evidence right before his eyes, NJ said he was still very sceptical I would be able to do anything for him … cause as he had told me…. ‘nothing has worked’ …
NJ arrived at the clinic and he too could barely walk into, and up the height of a normal door stoop, the clinic. In fact, as I observed him climb out of his 10-tonne truck, and walk, the visible excruciating pain on his face was heartbreaking to watch.
So I assisted NJ into the clinic and we did the usual introductions. I asked him to sit but he couldn’t, he just couldn’t sit he was in that much pain – pointing to the top of his pelvic bone (ilium). I immediately see his belt is pressing right where he is pointing so I ask him to release it … ahhh … a miniscule bit of relief but still unable to sit and the facial expression was still painful to watch.
NJ revealed he previously had herniated discs, L3/4 he thinks, and had a Chiropractor ‘put them back in’. This was some 10-12 years previous. According to NJ this practitioner ‘worked wonders’. Then four years ago the back pain became excruciating again. So back he went to the Chiropractor who had originally ‘put them in’ and whilst it gave him some relief in the beginning it was now pretty much a case of chewing one pain killer after another to get through the day.
I asked a multitude of questions, like does he have any recent medical reports? NO. Any xray reports? Again, NO. I asked how long since he had been to the GP and had an proper assessment. NJ hadn’t been to the GP in 10-12 years!!
I took down a full history of NJ’s health even asking him about his diet, work practices, lifestyle, you name it we covered it. All information presented as normal based on what he told me.
Still after 10-mins NJ could not sit and was standing leaning over my table to try to ease the pain. We commenced the body function assessment. “Yep OK but I’ll tell you now I don’t think anything is going to work”.
Throughout this conversation I was gently encouraging him to go to his GP to find out exactly what we were dealing with. Firstly, because it has been 10-12years since he has been near a GP and secondly, I don’t diagnose and I can’t see what’s going on beneath the skin surface I’m a soft tissue therapist.
Now here’s the strange bit…. NJ was able to complete every assessment I had him undertake and every single one was completed within full range and all lead to the same single point of pain – the highest point of the Iliac crest. Palpation, while standing, revealed nothing on this point. I asked him what activities aggravated the pain and he said everything.
We moved on to the gentle Bowen treatment. While NJ was in the face down position on the table I felt a hard rigid lump on his iliac crest. Remember I previously said that standing assessment had not revealed this lump. I mentioned it to NJ and said it would be a good idea to have this checked out and yet another reason to visit the GP. I asked NJ if he could feel me touching it and how hard it was and he said NO.
Hmmm, this rang alarm bells for me.
NJ, occasionally chatted throughout the treatment sharing his love for his family, how he loves spending all his spare time with his grandkids and partner. ‘I’ve only got two years left to pay off the house then I can deal with this pain properly’… my reaction to this was … ‘Mate, I’ll be honest you are in so much pain you need to deal with this now not in two years’ …. “Yeah yeah I hear ya if it’s not any better in a couple of days I’ll go see someone. (I could only hope).
I finished the treatment and asked him to sit up on the side of the table. I assisted him to do this and the visible severe tremor that ran through his body made him break out into a dripping sweat. The pain was so bad just performing this movement.
He said he had experienced some very mild relief while laying on the table but still I again encouraged him to see his GP.
NJ again stated if it wasn’t better in a couple of days he would go see about it.
On Monday night I received a text from the wife of the Boss (she is also a client) telling me that NJ had been to see his GP and was immediately referred to the public hospital who had conducted extensive testing….. the rest of the text left me sitting staring at the screen for almost half an hour.
NJ will not be coming home … he has advanced prostate cancer which has spread into his spine. He is on morphine to ease him through ……
There is no point in saying or asking did he not have, or recognise, the signs ……
GUYS FOR GOD SAKE TAKE YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND
FOR A FEW MINUTES OF DISCOMFORT
A SIMPLE BLOOD TEST COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE !!!!!
November is “Host A BBQ for Prostate Cancer” month. Get your mates together, have a BBQ and start discussing male health. http://www.prostate.org.au/…/host-a-bbq-for-prostate-cancer/
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