Something about her demeanor had me wondering. As my new client was recounting her long history of leg pain, there was something about her general attitude that caught my attention. After a few minutes of general history with her experience in health care, we finally got to the heart of the matter.
“You know, I have seen so many practitioners for this pain over the years,” she related. “Many, if not most of them felt confident that what they had to offer was the solution. Yet, time after time, it did not help.”
“I can’t imagine how frustrating that must be for you, and for such a long period of time,” I replied. “Problem-solving musculoskeletal issues is the heart of my practice, and I can promise you that I will explore multiple possible avenues that might explain why you hurt.”
In the ensuing minutes, I explained a bit more about the process and my approach. I could sense that our connection was deepening and yet there was still hesitation on her part. After a brief pause, the source of her hesitation was revealed.
“You know, it’s a long history of practitioners who have tried to help and failed. Given that, I just have to ask. Do you feel like you are next?”
“I understand the question and it is perfectly appropriate,” I answered. Before I answer that, I have a question for you. In all this time, did anyone thoughtfully and meticulously explore the musculature of your leg?”
“No,” she replied. “Hardly anyone ever even touched my leg.”
“Then let’s do what no one else has done, as simple as it seems.”
The result? Her pain is now (after three treatments), about 85% better. The source of her pain was a neural entrapment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, but hyper-precise soft-tissue work made a world of difference. As you might imagine, she is one happy lady!