I'd like to share Jessie's story with you....
Just before I met Lorna I was thinking, I really need to find someone to help me with this, I just can't go on like this. And then, by fate I met Lorna at the Lambeth County show.
I had no hesitation about trying Amatsu. I am quite up for trying things anyway and at that time I was so desperate for anything to happen that I would give anything a go. When I spoke to Lorna, she was friendly, engaging and approachable. It gave me a glimmer of hope. I genuinely believed she could help me.
After the first session, the most immediate outcome was the miracle of me walking! I know that Lorna doesn't like me saying this as not everyone gets such a huge shift straight away, but it was such a massive breakthrough for me! It had been 6 weeks since I had had the injury and I got to the point where I was thinking, I am not going to be able to walk properly again. Just the fact that I was able, after my first session, to put my foot flat on the floor again and for my body to work in harmony again with my ankle was amazing. I remember telling everyone afterwards that Lorna had taught my foot how to walk again!
After a few of weeks of working together, Lorna said that she felt things were not progressing as they should and suggested that I go back to the doctors and insist on an Xray which I hadn't been offered before. It turned out that it was in fact broken but as it had been 6 weeks since the injury I was given a boot to wear as opposed to a cast and told to have physiotherapy - but I stuck to Amatsu.
In future sessions, Lorna also observed that I was compensating by throwing my hip forward to enable me to walk. I started to become more aware of how I was moving and I began to observe it in myself on a day to day basis. After a few more weeks of treatment, I was feeling so much better that I wanted to push myself and get back into the London routine of rushing around everywhere, but I realised that as a result I was falling back into the old bad habits to allow me to walk fast rather than walking properly, so I slowed things down again and could move more easily. I started to listen to my body.
I now feel like my whole posture is a lot better and in later sessions, Lorna found that I had some issues in my neck that were also affecting my walking. I feel like my body generally feels better particularly over the later sessions now that my ankle has recovered.
I have been telling so many people about Amatsu - even a guy I saw in the street with a leg brace! But I think anyone who has had an injury could benefit from Amatsu. What surprised me when we thought it was a sprain was that when Lorna knew I had had it for 6 weeks, she said it would have been great if I could have found her sooner. I had always thought that you would need to wait for a while until the body starts healing, but when you think about it, that doesn't make sense at all. It would be healing in the wrong way. I came to Lorna with this particular problem, but I would like to continue to see her because I think that it does my whole body good to have an MOT.
I just think Amatsu is fantastic. I didn't know what I was looking for but I am so pleased that I met Lorna and got to know about Amatsu. I still don't really understand it but it worked so brilliantly for me!
what you can do..
- If you have seen a doctor and you are still in pain, it is absolutely OK for you to ask for a second opinion or insist on an Xray or MRI scan. Doctors are often overworked and of course, they are human too. They can miss things so if you are not happy, go back.
- Once you know you haven't broken anything, keep moving. It will hurt, but the stiffening and compensation that can come from keeping things immobilised will prolong the correct healing process.
- If you have decided to have treatment, don't put it off. As Jessie said, the sooner I can treat a sprain or strain the shorter and more effective the rehab will be, saving you discomfort and money too.