Doctor, Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy?
I have heard this many, many times. Those legs feel like tree trunks. It is so much work lifting them to walk, go up stairs, much less even run. Another patient described them as “walking through molasses.” Why? You problably have had a whole lot of problems in that poor pelvis. I have seen this in past falls to the buttocks, bad multiple car accidents, rear end collisions, and many years after hip replacement surgeries. If you have a problem with your elephant legs, then you are, in non-technical terms, really messed up. People with pelvic problems also have hip problems, feet pain, neck pain, back pain and headaches.
I have this patient who was jogging and got hit by a car; his brain started to swell on the way to the hospital, he became belligerent so the EMTs had to restrain him. He was in the ICU they were watching and if the swelling continued, they would drill a hole through his skull to release the pressure (if not he could die within minutes); he was eventually stabilized and went home 2wks later. After he came home, his personality changed, he was volatile and started to become afraid of being alone with his 1 year old daughter (emotional, not feeling good); he was afraid of hurting his own daughter. I saw him twice. After the first visit he exclaimed to his wife, “I don’t know what she did, but she’s welcome to feel me up anytime!” He did not come back after the second visit because the medical bills were piling up. Two years later, he comes back. My shoulder is very painful, my legs feel heavy, my breathing is tight, running is not enjoyable anymore. I told him, “Your shoulder pain is coming from your hip.” He replied that I saw a problem with his hip 2 years ago. He was perplexed. I said, “Ron, you are mere flesh and blood. 2 years ago, you go into a fight with steel and concrete. You lost. I am not a miracle worker.” It is now 6 visits, this second time around. The breathing is easier, the shoulder is better, the legs are lighter, the whole body is lighter. He comes in now every 2 or 3 weeks when he feels his body tighten up. Soon he will be out once a month and he and i will be eventually done.
Yes, there is a treatment. Yes, there is a cure. I have done it many times. I even have patients test raise each leg. I do a treatment and right there and then, I have them recheck as proof that I know what I’m doing. It is beautiful. In these last 6 months, since August 2010, I have used this quickie technique to show patients how strained tissues can instantaneously change. I grab a hold of strained tissues and actively reduce strain. Wow. It is a lot of work on my fingers. It has only been this last week that I discovered what our osteopathic teachers have been talking about all along. Hey, you guys out there, my patients and readers, all three of you who know that I am way gentle, yes…this is even more subtle than what I have been currently doing. I have been doing osteopathic manipulative treatments for the last 11years and I finally, just this week realized how to do more precision, even less force work to achieve more dramatic change. What is this huge epiphany? It is difficult to explain in just a few sentences; a paragraph may not do it justice. This is knowledge that belongs to the DOs. It is a seriously long and hard haul. Most people go to DO school, pay $250,000 for the education, study for 11 years (4 years college, 4 years medical school, minimum 3 yrs training) and work in the CMS just to pay it back. Who has the time to wax philosophical? and much less write anything down to pass on to the next generation?
For those of you searching for answers, how can I help direct your search? Since this blog was first posted, so many, many of you people out there have searched for answers and I suspect you got little for your efforts at those other (MD) web sites; yes even the ones that are really reputable and that are by institutions of medicine that I like. They look at the tensions as localized and ‘easily’ remedied by gross external applications of force. The answer we propose is that the tensions above and below should be…balanced. The answer for you is Osteopathy…
Read my prior posts about osteopathic, health, our (traditional osteopathic physicians) and search for a DO licensed to practice medicine in your state. Absolutely do not let anyone crack your back or neck, yank your legs or hips. I will tell you that hands on osteopathic treatment styles can vary between different DOs; I liken it to the martial arts, some people are very subtle, some people are out there fru-fru energy stuff; I am more hands on cranking mechanical…I like to prove before and after within minutes in a visit because my goal is for you to trust. Call and ask about experience and comfort with treating mechanically. We charge for our time to get results so that you…do not need to come back.
7/29/11 ADDENDUM: since i first wrote this post there have been 2300 searches on this topic. you people out there are searching for help…i know what your problem is and can cure those legs…there was also one comment that this post did not provide any real answers to this question…unfortunately, it took me this long to figure this out and to try to explain to lay people what their problem is and how to fix it themselves would be impossible; in fact i have 2 local colleagues that have more experience and different treatment styles and even they don’t know about this; so this is essentially my own discovery…today, i test explained this idea to one of these 2 colleagues; at first she did not seem too impressed – yes, my legs are about 10% lighter only after 10mins, so what? big deal…. it took about 20minutes when the changes worked themselves up into her neck, face and jaw that i saw a twinkle of respect…so come to California for your cure or if you can afford it fly me in for a consultation…in the meanwhile, i will continue to discuss this topic with my colleagues and teachers; perhaps we can develop a course or training program so that you can find a trained osteopathic physician to address this issue specifically; you guys out there need to demand it of us DOs; sign up for my this blog; i check on the traffic, when there is enough demand, a critical mass is reached, hey, how about crashing this site with volume? maybe it will drive and impel us to do more.
1/4/2012 ADDENDUM: since i first posted this blog, there have been 6300 views. so many of you out there…i don’t know what to tell you…i am working on trying to get interest so that MDs and DOs can be inspired to learn this. to get really good treating hands, it takes about a minimum of 7 years, i don’t know if physicians in general, want to spend more time and money to learn something that will free you up and not keep you coming back; especially if they are satisfied, churning the repeat volume…we shall see…i will keep you posted…
9/13/13 ADDENDUM: I just completed my new beverly hills website, it is cleaner with lots of new spectacular photos at http://www.holisticpaindoc.com Go to the video gallery and you will see what this is you. I am sorry, but I believe that very few osteopaths in the world can get these changes so instantaneously.