SPORTS RELATED INJURIES
Sports injuries result from acute trauma or repetitive stress associated with athletic activities. Sports injuries can affect bones or soft tissue (ligaments, muscles, tendons).
PREMA, 47, INDIA
COMPLETE ACL TEAR AND PARTIALLY TORN MENISCUS
Prema was diagnosed with a complete ACL tear and partially torn meniscus. She saw three orthopedic surgeons in India and consulted a surgeon in the US, athletes who had suffered the same injury, and an alternative body worker. All said that surgery was her only option. Prema’s treatment was for three weeks.
A friend had told me about the Bone and Body Clinic, but I couldn’t imagine how the two torn ends of the ligament could be rejoined without going inside. Nonetheless, a few weeks before surgery, I gave the clinic a call. They had me email my films, which they looked at on their holiday, and their response was, “Don’t have surgery. The ligament is only twisted.” I had found my doctor.
When I came to the clinic all my expectations were surpassed. Even before I arrived I was put at ease by Miranda’s confident guidance, overflowing kindness and generosity. My knee was realigned within minutes of my arrival. I was intrigued before I came by the traditional techniques and martial arts influence, but how rare and wonderful to meet a master — of any art, but here – one whose practice and skill is so deep and integrated that trust was immediate/implicit.
The process with my knee was still intense, but with a well-designed sequence of treatments and rehabilitation I was soon ready to go (though I was so fascinated by the treatment system I stayed on). Miranda’s energetic “stretch” classes helped get my ligament and muscles back in shape to support my realigned knee. She and Ringo and their team pushed me to do what I thought was not possible. Another gift. I found myself wondering why the whole world wasn’t at their door. (It is hard work.) But nowhere have I seen such skillful, holistic treatment, such a combination of strength and gentleness, discipline and kindness. What a different world it would be if everyone could receive treatment like this – and if everyone gave of themselves like the team at BBC.
I still wonder why Ringo could see a twisted ligament on an emailed x-ray/MRI and four surgeons saw a complete tear. But, a year after my treatment I hardly remember the injury happened. My knee is stable, I can run again, and I have a new and better understanding of how to keep all my joints strong and injury free. Much gratitude and respect for Ringo, Miranda and family and the healing traditions of Manipur.
BARBARA, 50, AUSTRIA
Barbara is a serious yoga practitioner who fell on her spine from headstand. She came seeking treatment for lumbar, shoulder, and knee pain. Her doctors had told her that some of her lumbar vertebra were almost prolapsed and she was worried for her future. Upon initial consultation she learned than much of her pain stemmed from a longterm imbalance in her hip. She is now moving in a more balanced way and her pain has decreased significantly.
Pedro, 34, Portugal
Spinal injury and skeletal misalignment
Pedro came to the Bone and Body Clinic one year ago for multiple issues. He returned to further the process that he started last year. Pedro is a yoga practitioner.
I will continue to do the exercise sequence whenever I can because I truly feel that they work on the full spectrum of the physical body. Whenever possible I plan to go back to the clinic to improve my physical health.
OREN, 43, ISRAEL
Oren has been an athlete since he was a boy. But repeated knee injuries made sports painful for him . His knee problems forced him to run in a way that created misalignment in his spine and hips. Oren came to BBC for three seasons.
When I met Ringo, he scanned my body and he found the three injuries that I suffered from that didn’t allow me to run. Surprisingly, Ringo told me that the easiest injury to correct was the knee which I found hard to believe because it was so painful. The lower back was not as painful as the knee. I started to practice.
Overall I did three seasons with Ringo and Miranda. I remember it was a long process. The first period of the stretching that I did I mostly felt pain. I was very frustrated. I couldn’t tell if there was any improvement. I remember I needed to have a lot of conversation with Miranda and a lot of hugs and support to know that I was on the right path. But I never gave up. I kept on doing the stretching every day even after the season was over because I said if that is the path you want to follow, you have to go all the way. Every season I came back to Miranda and Ringo and showed them my achievements, and they gave me more difficult stretching to make my body stronger.
I can tell you now that after two years of being in the process at Bone and Body I have started to run and work out the way I did it when I was young. I am running 50 kilometers a month and I don’t have any pain in the knee. It is like a totally new knee. Also the pain in the lower back and the upper back and left knee has also gone.
You have to be disciplined if you want to achieve some goals in the clinic. Ringo is like a human MRI. He can tell you exactly where the problem is and he can show you the way, but you have to work really hard. And it takes time to build the body again after many years that it was built wrong. So thank you Ringo and thank you, thank you, thank you Miranda for supporting me and believing in me and giving me so much love and care until I healed myself.
ELLIE MAY, 18, UK
SUSPECTED COMPLETE ACL TEAR
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TALAL, 38, KUWAIT
HERNIATED DISCS IN THE LUMBAR SPINE
Warming up for a weightlifting tournament, Talal felt something move in his lower back. On further examination, he was diagnosed with multiple disc herniations in the lower spine. Talal had tried many types of treatment but still lived day-to-day with pain and discomfort and was unable to play sports or do the activities he wanted to do. Talal undertook five weeks of treatment.