Why this way? Part II

Part II

The second patient was a young man after a spine fracture, the result of jumping into water. Initially the contact was extremely difficult- resignation, bitterness and muted responses. Once the life and soul of the party then left to be supported, needing help from others. Day after day we were finding common ground. Although the main part of rehabilitation was conducted by a therapist (the name in those days for physiotherapists) I had a lot of work with quite a large part of the body for massage and one basic rule: consistency, regularity and pushing forward.

The third little patient looked at me with mistrust when I approached her hospital bed. The girl was probably 5 years old, suffered from an injury with numerous scars from burns on a large surface of her thighs and abdominal wall and all down her side. When I wanted to get closer she “welcomed me” with a scream.

Finally, with the approval from the staff, I took off my white clothes off, got changed and getting into the large metal bed, as it was the only option; I started the treatment from playing. It took a while before she allowed me to touch her, or for the first time to apply a special ointment prepared individually for her at a pharmacy. I realize what the consequences may be of such scars, in these specific areas, especially for a future women. Furthermore they were causing contractures around the joints and slight pain. We finally managed to interact; day after day I worked both on healthy tissues and on the scars, especially focusing on the edges of the scars. Consequently, day after day I worked with these areas and finally they began becoming more flexible. The skin became smoother. We didn’t have facilities as they are now, no specialized lasers, physical therapy, what we had was massage without quantitative restrictions and order was continually renewed. The massage and work on soft tissue gradually brought results. Finally, by, discovering her and getting closer, she allowed a deeper massage, which clearly brought her relief. Czytaj dalej

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