As a holistic therapist I am quite Intune with my body and instinctively know when something is not right, also having regular massage and reflexology treatments can bring things to light, which means you can go to your GP with a better understanding of your symptoms.
My GP referred me to the Surgical Assessment Unit at Salisbury District Hospital on a Wednesday afternoon due to pain in the left side of my abdomen. The hospital has specialist equipment which can see inside of the body and they discovered I had gall stones. The surgeon came to see me with the results of the scan and told me that the treatment was to remove the gall bladder.
He said it would be better done sooner rather than later. I made arrangements and booked in for the operation on Thursday.
Of cause I was a bit nervous but not in too much pain and these guys know what they are doing don’t they.
To be on the safe side I double checked on NHS choices, my most used reference when a client tells me about any ailments they are experiencing.
I was at the hospital at 08:00. In the examination room I give DNA for the MMR test they need to do before giving an operation. The surgeon popped his head into the room first thing and was happy to see me.
Ooh I thought, I guess this is really happening, they are going to take my gall bladder out today!!
I practised hand reflexology on a daily basis from the date of my operation and believe this has helped with the healing process. Reflexology concentrates on relieving any blockages though the meridian lines in the body. A fully qualified reflexologist will be able to give simple short reflexology treatments for a client to complete on themselves safely.
The following week I booked in for a massage which really helped with my recovery as this dispelled the gas the surgeon put into my abdomen so he could complete the operation through key hole surgery.
Although there were concerns from other people about my ability to get onto the couch and lie on my front I knew I would be fine. As a good therapist would be able to adapt their treatment to suit the client and if necessary give the massage in a chair instead of on a couch.
I was able to lie on the couch thanks to a soft blanket and pillow for added comfort and move around without having my dignity compromised. The benefit of the massage far outweighed the slight discomfort of getting onto and off of the couch.
These treatments helped so much so that I was working as a massage therapist giving other people massages in just over one week working at the Salisbury Hospice as a volunteer and giving post sports massage at the Clarendon marathon raising money for the fire fighters charity.
I also returned to Tea Kwon Do training just over four weeks from having the operation. So I am living proof that post operation reflexology and massage is beneficial to the healing process.