Wednesday, February 13, 2013


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Intramuscular stimulation.  That is what I had yesterday, my 9th visit to the physiotherapist for some knotted up muscles in my back.

IMS is basically, acupuncture directly in the muscle to stimulate a muscle spasm.  Did I say it hurts?

Over ten years ago, my friend Debbie and I were returning home from a reading circle.  We were stopped at a red light and were hit by a semi-trailer whose driver had not properly estimated his stopping distance.

I was hit by my car seat which then flopped back, broken.  The assessment was soft tissue damage to the upper right hand quadrant of my back.

Since then, I have developed a persistent little knot in my back, so persistent in fact that I have named her... Hazel.

Hazel Knot has been a nuisance to me for a long time, too long in fact and my wonderful physiotherapist, Anita and I have decided that it's time to take out the big guns. Said guns in the form of a thicker kind of acupuncture needle. Did I mention that it hurts like the Dickens?

It is my fervent hope that Hazel and I will part ways in the next few weeks, she will be missed but not mourned.




labergerebasque said...

Here’s to Hazel’s bon voyage...

Stella said...

I'm toasting tonight Bergère. Hazel is still with me but she is ailing...