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Complications of Rolfing

Posted by Elizabeth on January 11, 2003 at 17:47:36:

Dr. Walt,
Please advise me. I am 60. Pre-rolfing I had a scoliosis, my left leg was about 1/4 inch shorter than right leg and I wore a lift in my left shoe to even me out, my right shoulder was about 1 inch lower than the left. I was in excellent health except for adhesions in the RUQ following gall bladder surgery.
I sought out a rolfer to reduce the pain of adhesions and had my first rolfing session in Sept. The first session the rolfer worked on my shoulder and cervical spine and raised the right shoulder up so that it was even with my left shoulder. After the first session, I experienced several things: inability to sleep more than 2-3 hours a night, drop in my normal body temperature (to 95 and 96 F range), profuse amount of perspiration both underarm and feet, no appetite. My arms felt weak, my back felt tense. Best description is jet lag - only 10 times worse. In the weeks that followed I visited my internist, the Emergency Room in an attempt to find out what was wrong with me. I never connected it to the rolfing until the 4th session when the rolfer did my left leg. After that I was off balance and felt my left pelvis was separated from my right pelvis; I was nauseated and dizzy. My TMJ's were uneven, my right jaw hurt, and I experienced occipital pain. I once went to flush the toilet, but instead reached up to turn off the light. I knew in my head that turing off the light would not flush the toilet and I had to talk myself into putting my hand down to the flush handle. My vision became very acute - I have never been able to see so well. After the rolfer worked on my right leg (10 days after doing the left leg) I felt like I had been hit by a truck. I had terrific pain in the occipital and temporal regions of my head, pulsating on the right side of my head and staggering gait. I perspired profusely. My temperature was 97 degrees F. I finally realized that the rolfing was causing these problems. I saw a chiropractor who did a neurological exam. I could not maintain balance nor could I get my finger to my nose on the left side. She said I had subluxations of my cervical spine. She adjusted 2 spots in the thoracic area -
I think T4-6 and T 8-10. Two days later my gait was staggering, I could not think clearly, my speech was halting, monotonal, concentration was difficult, I could write with difficulty but printing was more difficult,in trying to use the computer I typed words with reversals, gross misspellings and out of proper order, had trouble using both hands together. I telephoned an out of state rolfer/physician who said that my neurological state was the result of my autonomic system's response to the rolfing and referred me to a chiropractor who used an activator to calm the autonomic system down. She took x-rays. C1-C2 lacked the normal space one would expect to see between them and the cervical spine was clearly abnormal. The scoliosis of 62 years standing was gone. (I am a Registered Radiologic Technologist). At this point the physician/rolfer referred me to an advanced rolfer whom I have seen 3 times. The problem is that my spine continues to be unstable. I have a pulsating sound in my right ear that is driving me to distraction, my TMJ's vary in tightness depending on which position I sleep in at night (I try to stay on my back), and I have continual occipital and neck pain. I feel it an effort to stand up straight, that my shoulders are being pulled forward, and that there is a "band" around the diaphragm. My right eye turns in now.
One week ago I did a yoga shoulder stand and felt something move around C-7. It hurt in that area after; however, that night I was able to sleep a normal number of hours, the perspiration stopped, my body temperature rose to 97.8 and stayed there and my sense of hunger returned. Through reading Harrison's Internal Medicine I understand that the above body functions are controled by the hypothalmus. Is the cervical spine now longer and pressing against it? My MD wants me to see a neurologist because she is concerned about the pounding sound in my right ear.
Yesterday, I went to a chiropractor to begin work toward reducing the subluxations in my cervical spine. She used an activator. Well,I was back to 3 hours sleep at night, my temperature dropped back down to 96.8 F, my appetite diminished although perspiration was very mild.
I feel that if my right shoulder was back to being 1 inch below the left shoulder that the cervical vertebrae could be adjusted so they are not subluxated. Is this possible? I know that subluxated vertebrae will cause me big problems down the road and that they should be corrected, but I cannot manage on getting only 2-3 hours of sleep each night. 5 mg. Ambien has the same effect as tylenol p.m. and I am reluctant to become dependent on pills in order to sleep. I have never had sleeping problems and I still take estrogen because I have osteopenia. Your advice and feedback would be most welcome.



Re: Complications of Rolfing

Posted by Shelly on January 11, 2003 at 20:58:36:

In Reply to: Complications of Rolfing posted by Elizabeth on January 11, 2003 at 17:47:36:

I wonder if neurocranial restructuring would help. NCR will eventually change the way the head (8 - 10 pounds) sits on the top of the spine. This can make all the difference in the world to the spine, the hip region, TMJ and many other problems. If you can search the web for NCR or Dr. Dean Howell you'll get an idea of what NCR is, how it works and what common conditions it helps. Some of the NCR doctors have websites and will answer questions via email. Mine did and it was wonderful to go over my questions before getting treated. It is not cheap but neither is repeated chiropractic and all the other stuff you are trying to relieve these problems.

By the way, my daughter is getting NCR treatment for recently diagnosed scoliosis. We've only had one series of treatments so don't really have results yet for the scoliosis but personally, I have had very good results with severe headaches, occipital pain, sciatica to name a few.

Good luck with whatever you do. I hope you get results soon.


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Re: Complications of Rolfing

Posted by Happygal on January 11, 2003 at 21:37:26:

In Reply to: Complications of Rolfing posted by Elizabeth on January 11, 2003 at 17:47:36:

Hi Elizabeth,

When I read your post, it made me think about the path of healing. Sometimes when we are getting better, we feel worse for a while.

It happens all the time in massage therapy. When one part of the body is worked deeply and loosened up, the other parts start to adjust in relationship to the changes, and sometimes the whole being simply must spend a period of time adjusting to the continued changes. It's not always very comfortable.

Also when one kind of pain is relieved, people start to notice other things wrong with them that were there before, but didn't get their attention.

I am also impressed by the fact that your scoliosis is gone. That sounds like a major accomplishment to me and again, it doesn't surprise me that things are askew while your body is adjusting to the changes after 62 years of living with that condition.

It also doesn't surprise me that you need more than one practitioner (rolfer, chiropractor) to work with you on this.

Have you gotten any massage to help with relaxation, both for sleep and also to help the body adjust to the new situation? I get the sense that it would do you a world of good.

Those are just the thoughts that came to me, at my level of training and experience. I would not be surprised if Walt and others can shed more light on your situation and mention other things that I cannot see.

Best wishes,
Happygal (Certified Massage Therapist)


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Re: Complications of Rolfing (Archive.) Blessings

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 12, 2003 at 09:54:29:

In Reply to: Complications of Rolfing posted by Elizabeth on January 11, 2003 at 17:47:36:

Hi, Elizabeth.

Since this is such a common and normal response to long term bodymind imbalance, I am amazed that your rolfer did not tell you what was happening. Your adjustment symptoms are just a progression of the usual.

ALL of these were good signs and would be temporary if you persist. Granted, your symptoms are the worst I have heard of but that is just an indication of how much you needed this and how much good you will finally get. I would not be surprised if you needed 30 sessions rather than the usual 10.

If all your other "spedcialists" had had any knowledge of Rolfing and Rolfing Theory, they would have told you what was happening rather than putting you though all those additionial "treatments".

Everything you have mentioned are blessings and not problems.

Listen to Happygal.

Hope this helps.

Walt

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