End of September last year Daniel arrived in my clinic barely able to walk. He was experiencing a high degree of pain in his back 6-7, (10 is unbearable) radiating out to his right hand hip. His case history revealed prolapse discs at L4 &L5, diagnosed in 1992….. on the slab 6mths later at the end of a scalpel receiving a lumbar laminectomy to solve the problem.
From a medical point of view, what is a Laminnectomy? Laminectomy is surgery that creates space by removing the lamina — the back part of the vertebra that covers your spinal canal. Also known as decompression surgery, laminectomy enlarges your spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
From a Natalie Lang, Bowen Therapist point of view, what is a laminectomy? Butchery.
In December 2016 Daniel went for an MRI scan, the results of which were shocking. The images showed that Daniels pain was due to lumbar disc extrusion at L1 & L2 and Paracentral disc protrusion L5-S1, an alarming situation brought about by the hole left in his back as a result of the laminectomy.
What is Lumbar Disc extrusion? The surrounding vertebrae (or lack of them in Daniel’s case) put constant pressure on all discs including on the weakened disc, which can cause the disc’s outer wall to tear and expose the disc’s central core. A disc extrusion occurs when the inner disc material seeps through the outer wall and into the spinal canal.
What is Paracentral Disc Protrusion? Paracentral disc protrusion is a type of degenerative disc disease that results in chronic neck or back pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. This condition occurs with the natural degeneration of the spine,(or a Laminectomy in Daniels case) which causes pressure to be pushed down on the vertebrae and discs in the spine. Each disc is tucked in between a set of vertebrae and is responsible for supporting and spacing the vertebrae to allow spinal movement. As a disc becomes compressed, it may change shape and protrude out of its normal alignment in the spine.
A debilitating condition for anybody, A perfect candidate for Bowen.
After four sessions, the Bowen was able to get Daniel pain levels down to 2 and after his 8th session his pain level was a steady 1. In order to maintain his flexibility Daniel has signed up to a continuous program with the Egoscue Method to help him with intelligent movement. On his last session he left smiling and sent me this testimonial :
“Natalie has helped me to really listen to my body. For too long I had pushed and pushed at the pain, believing that to go through it would force my body to do what I wanted it to. By learning to listen, relax respond to the pain signals, I have been able to find a peace of mind and a more relaxed state of being which is allowing my body to recover and adjust.” Daniel