Posted by: Rawya El Gammal | October 17, 2012

Getting to my last course reminded me of the movie ‘planes, trains and automobiles’  Towards the last leg of my journey, I suddenly thought how mad I must be traveling such a distance for three charged days, and double back to resume my life as if that pause never happened.  However, it’s hard attending such a course with like minded people, learn amazing things, challenge my knowledge, skill and confidence and walk out the same.  Some courses are transformational, and this one most certainly was.  The distance, the location, the course content, meeting old and new colleagues are always part of the experience.

‘Manual articular lower extremities’ was a continuation of the upper limb course I attended earlier this year.
Precision is key in this cutting edge technique, listening to the body, and following through.
 An often deep and profound technique which differs from other methods of therapy, and isn’t a three times a week event, but once every few weeks to allow natural body adjustment and communication with the brain.
I specialized in knees 20 years ago when it was mandatory to be a specialist in something.  I remember asking my uncle who was a doctor as to which joint would be best to specialize in, and he with great conviction said not the knee as it was one of the most complex joints and rehab wasn’t very successful due to its complexity.
I took it upon myself to challenge science and decided to approach knee injuries through protocols, biomechanics, fitness and alternative therapies.
After many years in this field, and especially after this particular course,  I believe that there’s a huge gap between anatomy books and this kind of work,  perhaps university courses need to be revised.   It’s very hard to get my hands so finely tuned to realise that they can be refined more and more leaving a big question mark and gaps over the years.
The current techniques not only address the joint, capsule, synovial fluid, tendons, ligaments but arteries, veins, nerves, and fascia.  I can’t address tissues as just soft tissue because each has a function, even the ones sheared during surgery and deemed unimportant.
I’m going all the way with this method not to offer yet another therapy, but to have the tools for that occasional case that could walk into my clinic once a year.  To have the tools to assist in a smooth transition. This type of therapy has just launched my knowledge in anatomy and physiology to a new level and am truly humbled to the intricacy of this very sophisticated vehicle we call ‘the body’. It is much more than that!

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