Become More Active and Have Less Pain!

A 79 year old retired truck driver and grandfather complained of back pain, difficulty walking, lifting, and carrying.  In former years he was active with various jobs and hobbies that required physical strength and endurance.  He told me he had been strong and fit his whole life.

How would you rather use a cane? Like this?

At the first office visit he was unable to stand straight and used a cane for balance and support.  The 30 foot walk from the waiting room to the treatment room was long and filled with heavy sighs of exhaustion.  At that time, the patient estimated his pain levels routinely flared up to 9 out of 10, with a 10 being the most pain in his entire life. I treated him with Pain Neutralizing Technique (PNT) to his back and leg muscles.  He went home with stretching homework and a few targeted supplements to support both muscle and general health.

At the second visit, the patient’s pain levels were reduced to 4 out of 10 and I was proclaimed a “miracle worker”.  I am not a miracle worker, but I have an understanding how to implement hands-on therapy to coax muscles toward normal function.

The patient and I were happy to see a significant reduction in pain, particularly with favorite activities.  He was able to go for a walk for the first time in several years.

At this second visit, his posture was erect except a residual mild slouch of the shoulders.  He continued to use a cane while walking, however he was able to keep pace with me from the waiting room to the treatment room without hesitation or heavy sighs.  I gave him another PNT treatment to the back and leg muscles, and encouraged to continue the stretches and supplements.

Or like this?

At the third visit, the patient arrived without a cane for support. He said he didn’t need it.  Pain levels were holding at 4 out of 10.  The plan is to continue PNT treatment as needed reduce pain and increase activity level.

How does PNT work?  Find out more by clicking here!

Dr. Tabitha Werblud is the resident musculoskeletal pain specialist at the Tahoma Clinic North Seattle.  Dr. Werblud is an expert in a modality called Pain Neutralization Technique (PNT), a gentle, non-invasive approach for chronic pain syndromes.