..the story continues...
Well, I have been heel pain free since my last Bowen session. Could the saga actually be over?
I have been religiously soaking my left foot in a hot epsom salts foot bath for at least 30 mins each evening. I then apply 2-3 drops of copaiba essential oil which apparently has anti inflammatory properties, and RC (I still have no idea what that stands for) essential oil which some claim ¨break down¨ the bony spur. I have no idea how. I have one glass of milk every morning and I continue to do my foot stretching exercises. I have not had one single Voltaren over the last two weeks and I have also ditched the dencorub for the leg muscles.
I cannot explain how all of this has resolved my heel pain, but I can tell you is that I no longer have any heel pain AT ALL. I can wear real shoes again, and being a nurse, that is very helpful. Up until very recently the only shoes I could wear without crippling pain were my beautiful leather short riding boots. All leather, upper, sole and inner and very supportive. They didn´t cause any further heel pain, but they also did nothing to stop that initial walking pain post rest.
I went to work last week and people were commenting on how successful my ¨surgery¨ had been and were marvelling at how quickly I had come back to work....and without crutches!
I had to reassure everyone that there was no surgery involved and that my treatment regime, although very unorthodox, may just have resolved my bony spur issues. I haven´t cracked open the champagne just yet for a full recovery. I still have to rehabilitate my calf and foot muscles. My left calf is almost 2 cms smaller than the right, and I still have a slightly odd gait from almost 6 months of walking/shuffling a la Quasimodo. My ankle has reduced range of movement from simply not being able to move as it normally should.
I had another Bowen session this afternoon, and even my therapist could not believe the transformation since my last session. I wasn´t screaming the roof off of the joint. There was no wincing, swearing or toe curling in response to pain. I actually enjoyed the session right from the start.
I think I see some light at the end of the tunnel. I have been too long in a not very comfortable place.
Daffodil may just have escaped the surgeons knife after all.