Here is a note from a NOI instructor:
Patients often have a way of knowing what they need, without realizing why. How often do they demonstrate a relieving position or observation?
Recently I received an email from a patient who I had just started seeing. She had presented with a diagnosis and symptoms of CRPS of the right foot following an ankle injury. Note the intriguing comments about using her left side to massage and stretch the right. I have some thoughts about what is going on, but would be intrigued to hear of similar findings and also what the scientists might think.
“I have a question I hope you don’t mind answering, as I’m not seeing you until next week. My foot is going great – I’ve walked an incredible amount this week and seeing gradual increased function all the time. I’m getting heaps of pain with all the use through and quite a lot of puffy swelling around my achilles in both feet, but especially the bad one. The pain is fine, but I want to know what you suggest for my ankles when this happens? It does seem to go away eventually, but worries me a lot as this problem has debilitated me in the past.
Also, I’ve discovered something new and interesting that I wanted to share. I’m pretty sure that doing massage / exercises / specific activities that involve my left side interacting with my right foot, have a more positive impact than having my right side only involved! For instance, if I massage my foot with my left hand, do sensation training or stretching exercises using my left hand rather than my right hand on my foot, I seem to get better results! Also, exercises that involve one side crossing over to the other, like twisting-type stretches or diagonal-cross sit-ups, seem to improve my general RH side coordination heaps! Very cool, and I bet there is a physiological explanation for it:)”
Have you ever encountered something like this?
What is the science behind this?