I’ve referred to MLT dozens of times over the years. MLT is Manual Ligament Therapy.
The therapies and protocols are what I’ve used to maintain my comorbidities.
Now that video demonstrations are available it’s easier for me to recall some of what I learned, yet had also forgotten. What I mean by forgotten is the specifics to certain movements and stretches.
Spinal pain had been creeping up. I’ve been using an inflatable traction device since yesterday. Since having MLT years ago, I’ve only had a few instances of this. When I attended it was at its worse and it had been ongoing for more than a year.
I had been sent to the physical therapy center for traction of my spine and a few other treatments including heat and manipulation. I underwent cervical injections. The second one I had was the day before the Gohl Method/program healing retreat. (Oct 2016)
In fact, I spent my 48th birthday there. The spinal problems had caused cervical radiculopathy. Part of my right hand, fingers, wrist and forearm are partially numb. The treatment restored loss 9f feeling in my third finger. Its the finger I type and text with. I canceled the 3rd injection.
I was seriously scattered yesterday. Too much pain distorts my thought process. I kept changing my mind all day.
I couldn’t concentrate. I watched and rewatched 2 Spanish lessons, and couldn’t retain a single thing.
Background noise was terrorizing me. Hypersensitivity to sound. My anxiety kept rising.
I wanted to reach a 5 day exercise goal. Then wasn’t going to do it. I thought I had other weeks ahead to accomplish that.
I replaced that with Anterior Body Stretch. I could visually focus as I mirrored the video. That helped me complete it.
My mind kept nagging me, I’m not even kidding, to not miss my music movement therapy and achieve 5 out of 5 days that my fit bit would log as actual exercise not only active minutes.
I rewatched all of the Gohl Method presentations and demonstrations.
The little inspirations fit bit give you. You’re a pro! Ha! 10 minutes is hardly that, but hey, at least it sounds supportive. It would be the first time reaching a 5/5 goal. I did!
Today, so far, stress is lessened. There’s no worry to miss song movement today. I just had to reach that goal!
I’ll repeat anterior stretch, and take it easy.
I really like Abdominal Self Massage, and have been doing this one for years. Not to the full extent of the video though. I use my therapy balls more than my hands, I’ve been doing it hands-on for 2 weeks.
I mentioned in a previous blog I wasn’t taking on anything in 2021 other than increased weights. These therapies don’t count as they are already in progress and therefore will simply continue.
The only thing I can think of that caused or contributed to this flare, or re injury is banging my knee 2 weeks ago tomorrow. It’s still bruised and swollen. It looks like I fell and I didn’t. I dinged it in the doorway coming out of the bathroom. My dog was weaving between my legs, and smack!
That hurt like a bish, but then I didn’t think any more of it. I just thought I was sore and tender because CRPS does that anyway. I hadn’t even noticed the depth of bruising and swelling until the 4th day, when I was getting ready to go with my auntie to Thanksgiving eve prayer service.
It occurred to me some before and more so after rewatching these videos that maybe I threw my posture off and as a result my spine as well, which led to my current state.
I’m really not certain. Random flares occur often enough.
It makes sense to me. I’ve been attempting to repair my poor posture over these last several years, too. I’ve fairly well fixed my breathing issues, which is fast slow, even in my sleep and documented in sleep study reports. I don’t panic breathe, anymore. I’ve avoided hyperventilation.
I pray these methods help others as much as they’ve helped me. I have faith they’ll help even more into the future.
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