Osteoporosis & the Spinal Flush

Question:
If a person has osteoporosis, should I avoid clearing the neurolymphatic reflex points along the spine?

Answer:
You may continue to massage these places, but just be a bit more gentle as you do so, and listen for any feedback that the person might give you. As you probably know, these points are tender in most people because they become clogged with toxins and stagnant energy. Massaging them helps clear the toxins and gets the energy flowing more freely, which will always benefit the person’s health.

The two cautions here are 1) that the physical pressure you use does not exacerbate any previous injuries or vulnerabilities, and 2) that the person’s energy system is not so weak or disorganized that stirring up toxins overwhelms the system’s ability to eliminate those toxins.

Simply having the person you are working with let you know how much pressure you can apply generally addresses the first caution. For the second, a general balancing such as the "Daily Energy Routine" (Chapter 3 of Energy Medicine) before you do the full spinal flush is usually sufficient.

If the neurolymphatic reflex points are still too painful for any real massage, place one finger on a back neurolymphatic point and the finger of your other hand on the corresponding point in front. Use a back and forth see-saw motion, pressing in on one point as you release on the other. This is much easier for even a highly sensitive individual to tolerate

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Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Question:
What can I do for osteoarthritis in my right knee?

Answer:
Without seeing your energies, I can only give some very general guidelines. Techniques that are likely to be helpful include:

  • Look at the meridian diagrams on pp. 101 – 109 of Energy Medicine and the "Muscle Meridian Chart" on page 287. Determine which meridian or muscle runs through the portion of your knee that bothers you. Hold the acupuncture sedating points for that meridian (pp. 120 – 123). If your leg feels weak after you hold these points, follow the sedating points with the strengthening points.
  • Hold your thumb and first two fingers softly behind your knee for three or four minutes. The neurovascular points there will pull blood to the area.
  • There is a technique, certainly a part of energy medicine but a field onto itself, called orthobionomy (numerous listings can be found on search engines such as Google). It basically deals with placing the middle finger on an area of pain and then folding up the body or the muscles up around the finger so you have taken the tension off of that area. There is no set time frame for this, but it is usually less than two minutes. After you stop holding, check the point again by pressing in on it. You will often find that the pain is gone.
  • Many people report that zone tapping (Energy Medicine p. 288) has been very helpful to people with their knees as well as many other forms of chronic pain.

Weave a figure 8 in and above the energy field all around the area of the pain.

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Broken Wrist

Question:
I have been reading Energy Medicine, hoping to integrate this knowledge into my study of massage therapy. I recently fell and broke the styloid processes of the ulna and radius of my left arm and knocked the radiocarpal off angle by 30 degrees. Fortunately, we are doing bookwork in school until October. I am in a temporary cast and hoping it heals completely by October. My question is this:

Answer:
​​​Your book shows that each meridian is related to an organ. What points can I hold to energize the area of the injury and trauma in my left wrist? I am doing the 5-minute "Daily Energy Routine" daily and that is helping me overall, especially with the changes in left and right brain functioning caused by this injury. Any suggestion you could give me to energize my left wrist and aid its healing would be greatly appreciated. My skin is not exposed for magnets due to the cast.

A. Any of the meridians in your hands and arms might be involved, including lungs, large intestine, small intestine, triple warmer, heart, and circulation-sex. You will be able to determine which need attention by the location of the pain and the break and comparing these to the meridian flow diagrams. Someone might be able to test the alarm points to verify. Once you have identified the meridians that are involved, use the acupuncture sedating points to help with the pain and the strengthening points to rebuild the bone and surrounding tissue. First sedate, then strengthen. It will not hurt to do this on meridians that don't "need it," and it can really help on those that do.

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Ankle – Heel Pain and Sciatica

Question:
I have a client who has excruciating pain in her ankles and heels. As a reflexologist, I would assess this as a form of sciatica, although she has yet to feel pain in her hips or lower back. I have held acupressure points on her, and have gently pulled and stretched the skin over the painful areas, which has brought her some relief, but I want to know what else I can do to help her.

Answer:
My own experience suggests that if there is no pain in the hip, back, or leg, it is probably not sciatica. To help with her ankle pain, I would work with the bladder, kidney, or spleen meridians, depending on where the pain is sharpest, because these are the meridians that run along the ankle. Energy testing will help you to zero in on the specific meridian that is involved, although there may actually be more than one to treat. If you feel uncertain about your testing results, you could also sedate all three (using the acupuncture points shown on pp. 134 – 137 of Energy Medicine), noting which one helped to ease her pain the most. Then, follow this by strengthening the spleen meridian, also using the acupuncture points. You can also determine which meridians need attention by the location of the pain and the break and comparing these to the meridian flow diagrams in Chapter 4 of Energy Medicine.

You could also tape the north side of a magnet to her heel to reduce the pain (read and experiment with the pain techniques in Chapter 10 of Energy Medicine and the use of magnets in Chapter 11 of Energy Medicine). Painful heels also often indicate a problem with a person’s spleen and pancreas energy, indicating the possibility of blood sugar issues.

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