The patient is a woman in her 60’s. She fell and sprained her left outside ankle 14 weeks ago. Since then, she has had difficult time to walk due to the pain. She tried various treatments, but the pain didn’t go away. After I explained her that I was not sure how much I could help her with the pain by only one treatment, I started acupuncture treatment.
At first I touched her ankles. Her left was warmer and more swollen than her right ankle. I checked her left ankle to know what movement hurt the ankle. when I pushed her left foot downward to the floor bending the ankle and (plantar flexion), turned outward (eversion) and turned inward (inversion), she felt painful at left side on top of her left foot, where was between outside ankle and the 4th toe. After the treatment, I checked the ankle again but she didn’t’ feel pain by these movements. She emailed me a few days after the treatment and informed me that she could walk with no pain since the treatment.
I tonified her left KD-7 with a round-tip needle (Teishin) to strengthen Kidney energy. After that, I tonified her back and lower legs with a round-tip needle and performed spreading needle on her head, neck and lower back with Teishin to remove stagnated energy (Ja removal Teishin). Then I tonifyed right SI-7 (Clock Meridian Treatment) and checked her ankle. At this point, she mostly didn’t feel pain in her ankle, but to remove blockage of the energy around outside ankle, I tapped some points in the area around GB-41 using Dispersion needle. I checked her ankle again. Since there was no pain by pushing downward and turning both outside and inside, I finished her treatment.
I had the same kind of pain in my ankle last year myself and the pain lasted for 3 weeks regardless of various treatments by myself. At that time, I received a new tool, Dispersion needle, and tried it in the area of the pain. The pain dramatically disappeared after the treatment and since then didn’t come back (Refer to A Case of Foot Pain-Experience of Shaho-shin).
In her case, the pain almost disappeared by needling on SI-7 using Clock Meridian Treatment (Shigo Treatment). So I think the blood stagnation in the area of the pain was not so severe, but there was inflammation in the Blood level and the heat was effectively removed with the Dispersion needle, resulting in the disappearance of the pain.