“My pain is specifically from 12-2:30 in the afternoon.”
“We have received this kind of response so often, we thought we would share our secret! We are often told by patients that their symptoms are at a very specific time. Sometimes it they are waking up at a specific time each night. For others, it is a specific part of the day that their symptoms are more prevalent.
For a lot of providers, this may be a random piece of information that they brush off. For us, it is often a huge piece of the puzzle! The clock above is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Body clock. It is indicative of which system of the body is more metabolically active during that time.
So what does this tell us? If someone tells us (and this seems to be a common one) that they are consistently waking up between 1:00-3:00 am (with or without pain), we look at this clock and ask ourselves, “what system is most active between 1:00-3:00 am?” Turns out, that is the liver. Now, based on that information, we look at the problem that brought them in (maybe it is side pain, maybe it is a right shoulder issue, etc) and decide, how might an issue at the liver be playing into this?
DISCLAIMER: We are not saying that this indicates that there is a pathological issue within this system. Of course, that is something we have to consider and rule out, but it could be that there is a mobility issue within the fascial components of this system. Many of our patients will have “normal” lab levels associated with these systems.
It happened just the other day in fact! A lady made the comment that her pain was specifically between 12:00-2:30 pm. She had asked around, and no one had a good answer. Our first thought? What falls in that time window? It is the small intestines. Her pain happened to be in the upper abdomen, right around where the small intestine is.
Now we have a direction of questions to ask or a region of the body to start considering so that we can target the root cause of the issue! And that is what we are about at R3 Physio. We want to help you get relief from your pain, but then we want to help restore you to health. This aspect of your care requires we try to get to the root of the issue, and to address it from multiple directions (physically, coaching on best practices to decrease inflammation, body mechanics/postures that are contributing, etc.). Finally, we want to help refine your body and your health to be better than what you were before.
We believe that everyone has the potential to be better than what they are, and we would love to be a part of helping you to realize that, and achieve that! This kind of care is not for everyone, but for those that truly value their health and are willing to put in the same effort that we are willing to put in to get you there. If that is you, we would love to chat more with you to see if we are a good fit for your needs. Call/text us at 817-221-8248, or you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org.