There is one knee trigger point that behaves differently from all the others in the body. And this story shows how this trigger point works.
There was an elderly lady, in her mid-eighties who had a number of falls. She was really a grand old dame, and very independent, but because
of the falls, she had become increasingly frightened and was staying home and walking either with a frame or with two walking sticks.
There was no obvious reason why she should be falling – her health was fantastic. All her previous doctors couldn’t find any cause for the falls.
When I saw her, she told me that as she stood on her right leg it felt unstable. So she couldn’t trust it and every now and then would completely
give way so that she fell.
When I examined her, it became more puzzling. She had no nerve problems that would account for this weakness and had only very mild wear and tear in the knee.
Then I made the most striking finding: she had a very active trigger point in her lower thigh.
This particular trigger point is most unusual. Unlike all the other triggers, when you stress it, this trigger makes the muscle just give way.
I treated the knee trigger points with acupressure, and when I was finished she got to up to test out her leg. She stood on it, hopped a little bit and a huge smile broke over her face.
‘Young man,’ she said ‘that feels completely different.’ She immediately dropped the one walking stick to the ground and strode around my consulting room. Then she waved the second stick around and dropped it as well.
I picked up her walking sticks, handed them to her and she walked out the into the waiting room with both sticks tucked under her arm!
This was the real ‘throw away your crutches’ experience. It was wonderful, and I owe it to my knowledge of trigger points.
This lady returned for one more treatment, and after that, the mysterious falls never returned.
Now, this was one very dramatic case. But over the years I have treated several other elderly people with the same problem.
But I can’t help thinking that there must be many other people around the world who have the same problem with the same simple solution.