You may remember that a couple weeks ago I took a tumble and hit my right hip and right shoulder. I have given it two weeks to recover and as of yesterday, I was still having problems. Primarily with my right leg. I was unable to use my right leg to climb the two steps to our terrace and there was no way, I would have tackled the stairs at the Regional hospital for the Embassy.
As a result, I decided to visit Robert Watson. Several of his clients have written me about the work that he had done for them. Robert is from Germany, where the Dorn technique originated.
On one of Lilliam’s walks, she met one of Robert’s clients walking backwards up a hill near out house. He told Lilliam that when he started seeing Robert, he needed two canes to walk. He was now totally without any need of walking assistance.
With all the positive feedback I was receiving, and with two weeks of minimal improvement, I decided to give Robert and the Dorn method a try and see if it would speed up my recovery. Just like Chicken Soup, it couldn’t hurt.
Yesterday Lilliam and I spent about 1 1/2 hours with Robert. During that time, he assisted Lilliam with some adjustments that are intended to reduce her migraine headaches. She is scheduled for another treatment next week.
During my time, Robert pressed, poked and managed to find almost every pain point in my body. Most of the time the adjustments were done accompanied by me moving a related part of my body as Robert applied pressure. Apparently the Dorn method is joining chiropractic adjustments of alignment with movement assisting to make the adjustments easier.
This was not a painless exercise. However, this was not a bone cracking experience either, as I have preciously associated with chiropractic sessions.
This morning I asked Lilliam how she felt and she said she felt her visit had helped.
Speaking for myself. I can feel improvement as well. Yesterday, I was walking up stairs , only using my left leg to lift. This morning I am able to climb the same stairs with both legs. I am not saying that it is perfect, but noticeably better than before. If it continues to improve over the next week, I will declare it a complete success.
I will tell you that I have never been an advocate of chiropractic treatment. Like I said before, my previous experience has been with what I would call bone-crackers. When adjustments were done, you could hear as well as feel it. Right or wrong, I believe if bone adjustment makes a significant noise, then it can’t be a good thing.
Yesterday, I heard nothing, but felt a lot.
Robert reinforced several things, I should have realized, but needed to be re-reminded. Most importantly, when you suffer a fall such as I did, and it hurts to move in ways that were previously second nature, your body tends to start making adjustment to reduce the pain. Over time those minor changes, such as climbing stairs with one leg carrying the load, weakens the body and if continued will become a major problem.
Robert said yesterday, that he felt I should be in good shape in three to four days, provided I become less sedentary. Ok, so I have homework to make the visit pay off.
I was pleased to see that I was not recommended to have a series of xx treatments over the next few weeks. There was no hocus-pocus using Electronic devices that I don’t trust identifying areas needing attention.
I was told to call if I didn’t feel better in a week, but his feeling was that nothing more was needed other than exercise and not allowing the body to alter normal movements due to the fall.
Robert has his clinic set up in Santa Rosa. I am including a map. It took me about 15 minutes to get there from David. If you are having problems similar to mine you might want to call Robert. As I said, like chicken soup, it can’t hurt.
If you do contact Robert, tell him you read about him in Chiriquí Chatter.