Why I love Acupuncture and Mindfulness so much ……neck pain and recovery from Radiotherapy, and finding that “Bluebell woods feeling”.
Once upon an time, in a time of the time of times there was an Acupuncturist……………that’s me of course, and not so long ago either, just this year in fact……………….and I was asked for help by a woman suffering from severe neck pain. This had been going on and off for a few years as she suffers from arthritis and had also had hip replacements and so on. I addition to this she had just finished a course of radio therapy following a lumpectomy for breast cancer.
I affectionately suggested that she was a bit like a bear with a sore head, she really had had a quite a year of it as prior to the breast cancer she had also suffered from acute bowel problems which involved a fairly long hospital admission as well. Not a happy bunny to say the least, and on top of all this she had felt very angry and let down by the support staff that were supposed to be looking after her following the surgery for cancer.
As a result of the radio therapy, the stress of the diagnosis and the surgery, and the medication that was prescribed for prevention of a return of breast cancer my client was also feeling rather hot and bothered, not sleeping well because of that and because of the neck pain too, and was not having a good time with the drugs the doctor had offered for the pain.
Our treatment priorities were therefore to ease the pain and to clear some of this heat from the system, to relax the body and mind, and so I turned to a very favourite group of points for assistance….GB20, LIV3 and LI4, as well as using some massage, and finding tender points and tight points to release and relax the neck. While the needles were in place I invited my client to try a short meditation practice, and so we entered together into the present moment, just being with the sensations in the body. My client recognised the feeling of relaxation that she felt afterwards as her “bluebell woods feeling”, and we have continued to use the meditation alongside acupuncture ever since.
And so the story has a happy ending, my client has had a great deal of relief from the neck pain, is no longer hot and bothered, and is recovering a sense of hope for the future. It has been a great joy and privilege to be part of her journey to recovery.
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