Remember a few months ago when I told you about the problem I was having with my right wrist? I thought originally that I had carpal tunnel syndrome, but it turned out to be “calcification” in my wrist joint. Over the past months, I have come to learn more about what that means, and in short it is what is called osteoarthritis in the West. I have read that osteoarthritis is the most painful type of arthritis that you can have, and my experience certainly bears that out!
Well, a few months ago when I first started having the problem, the pain was severe, but I made lifestyle changes, and after about a month I found that I was able to manage the pain quite well. That lasted for about 2 months or so. Around the beginning of September, though, the pain was back, and with a fury! It seemed that no matter what I tried, the pain didn’t improve this time around.
I decided to try a hilot, which is a Philippine traditional massage therapist. I don’t know if it was the reason or not, but my pain is just about totally gone now. Last week, the hilot came to our house and treated me. I thought that she would massage my arm and hand area, but it turned out that she gave me a complete body massage. She said that it was important to treat the entire body, because certain points are connected with other points on the body.
When the hilot came to my house, the first thing that she did was to put her hand on my body and pray. It wasn’t what I expected, but I was willing to try anything, there was nothing to lose but some severe pain. After that, she spent probably close to 2 hours massaging me. Sometimes it was actually quite painful. Nene, the hilot, told me to let her know when she hit a spot that was painful, because it would give her a clue as to the problem.
I didn’t feel better immediately, but in only a few days, my pain was nearly entirely gone. Right now, I still have some minor pain from time to time during the day, but I am actually typing this right now on a keyboard, and am comfortable!
This was my second time to use a hilot since I lived here. About 6 or 7 years ago, I had a problem with my ankle, and had a hilot to the house to give me some treatment. It helped a bit, but was not a cure at that time.
Anyway, I have decided that I am going to start using a hilot regularly to see if I can keep the wrist problem at bay. It can’t hurt, the price of the massage was only P350, and she did it at my house, so I didn’t have to go to the hassle of traveling to see her.
Thank you Nene. I can’t say that it was totally from your massage, but something sure helped me!