Speaking from personal experience and mostly failed PT care, the first step in tissue health is all about
circulation or promoting it, and lymies seem to be deficient in this.
If it is lyme related, traditional Physical Therapy wont be nearly as effective as it should and sometimes might not help at all. Wasted thousands on this approach before I learned, but its still worth a try, just don't be surprised if there is no to minimal improvement. For those in which this worked, you have no idea how lucky you are and possibly weren't that bad in the first place.
The PT issue: Many PT's work in clinics with "
cookie cutter" PT plans which are a 90% waste of time for many lyme patients as it does not address the real issue.
Lyme creates small changes to the muscle, nervousness system and fascia not seen by PT's general public clientele. The tissues become "toxified" to some extent, and nerves might not work right, which is why I always mention manually increasing circulation via self massage tools such as a firm bumpy fitness roller, lacrosse and golf balls. I self learned this dealing with soft tissue pain correction for 15 years.
*Bottom line: circulation feeds tissue. If your body can't circulate efficiently, manually help it and watch it heal.*
My driven desire to look further into this was fueled by a rather sharp "out of the box thinking", recent graduate, occupational hand therapist who introduced me to the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook. She said "you need to learn this whole book and do it, because there are not enough appointments for anyone to fix your whole body". This was during lyme, but before treatment. That led me to a whole new world of other therapies too. Figured out some of my own self "techniques" of manual therapy that otherwise required someone else to do it (the clinician). Besides eliminating time for appointments, this huge savings easily pays for better, more healthful groceries.
In order to find an effective non "
cookie cutter" PT, local online reviews helps a lot, or even any local lyme groups might know a hands on PT who also understands Fascia. There are many chiros that use manual therapy techniques beyond "cracking joints" to. Again, online review will mention what they do. Tight Fascia cannot be ignored. Many with body pain have this and never even heard of it before. Its the white "netting" between muscle and the fatty layer under skin- can see this in skin on chicken meat. Its what holds your body together.
Also beware some "fascia only" (100% John Barnes Myofascial Release trained) clinicians are so focused on that that they ignore muscle and muscle ends (tendons). The whole combination works together and needs to be treated as one. Muscles, fascia anmd tendons. When this is right, there is equal balance on joints, thus eliminates need for traditional chiropractic joint "re-setting". Soft tissue issues can create joint misalignment.
For the lucky ones, tick illness treatment is some times all that is needed for soft tissue healing. If not, the above can promote correct tissue health.
Another thing: The longer you had this, or the more physical you were with it can determine soft tissue state. In long term cases Muscle knotting and adhesion can happen in which case traditional PT cannot help. These areas need manual cross friction and pressure point treatment with tools stated above. Following said treatment, topical natural anti-inflammatories followed by DMSO as a driver offers noticeable improvement. Once said area is pliable again, then, and only then will restrengthening (PT or Gym) have a positive effect since you cannot effectively strengthen muscle that is in a state of un-circulated knots or adhesions..
Initial lyme symptoms in late 80's, again with bullseye early 90's. Started ABX 2014, ended in Jan 2016. Flares ended after. Lyme "B gone" as far as I can tell (Cured?). Now: Healing the aftermath-Rebuilding / fine tuning / fixing muscles and still improving nutrition and immune via better gut health. 20 years of Hashimoto adds to this journey.
Post Edited (astroman) : 11/3/2018 12:39:15 PM (GMT-6)