Here is the latest video of Steve standing here on his own with braces and crutches...balance is he next big jump! Progress!
This video was taken a week ago and just now published because we wanted his visiting family to see the treatment results firsthand here in China. After only 6 weeks of treatment Steve is now getting into a supportive frame that allows his legs to move freely while his upper body is supported and held tightly. As you watch the video closely you will see he is stepping forward with his left leg and using abdominal muscles to pull his right leg forward. It's a challenging walk using a great deal of energy but the connections between the brain and muscles are beginning to stabilize. "It's a lot of work," Steve says, " but worth it. And it makes me just a bit emotional."
After experiencing two and a half years in a wheelchair as a paraplegic it's exciting to see things beginning to move and progress being made. His spinal injury was a compression rather than a severing of the spinal cord allowing us to make great strides at reestablishing data flow from the brain to the legs.
We're excited to see what we consider a rapid response. Many would call this a miracle but it's medicine...TCM medicine! As you know we consider TCM great but it is slower than western practices. Western medicine, although it is fast, has a lot of side effects and must be taken continually or in ever increasing doses to obtain the same results... and regarding rehabilitation often it is limited by insurance or well meaning practitioners whose experience is limited. Remember that Traditional Chinese Medicine combines a number of therapies including TCM medications that are taken for a limited time to effect a "cure" on a disorder and bring the body back into balance and harmony.
It's easy to talk the talk when trying to "sell" something but actual results speak louder than words. One our clients was involved in a vehicular accident that caused a compression injury to his spine and resulted in him becoming a paraplegic. Two and a half years after his injury he is in China seeking rehabilitation and treatment. Because the spine was not severed there is hope for his case. After 12 treatments he is demonstrating an increasing ability to control his limbs and voluntarily push and pull them. As demonstrated in the video captured below.
While this is exciting there is still a long road ahead to restore feeling, strength and more motor control. It demonstrates that there is continued hope and healing available even if it sounds impossible. He has his work cut out for him but the first two weeks have been extremely rewarding.
This client is demonstrating the ability to control his legs pushing and pulling on request of the action. After 12 treatments.
A study conducted by the leading TCM Hospital in China proves that both triple acupuncture therapy and regular meridian acupuncture therapy can improve the feeling function, movement function in chest lumbar spinal segments on traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Named: Effect of Triple Acupuncture Therapy Combined with Rehabilitation Training on CGPR Content in Peripheral Blood, Motor Function and Activity of Daily Living of Spinal Cord Injury, the study shows that Triple Acupuncture Therapy has an important effect on calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGPR) content, a key factor in nerve regeneration, in peripheral blood, American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) motor score, ASIA sensory score, modified Barthel index (MBI) score of SCI patients in the early phase of treatment. And the CGPR Content in peripheral blood may be a potential protein for functional recovery for SCI patients
To observe the effect of Triple Acupuncture Therapy, 50 SCI patients meeting study criteria were randomly assigned to a treatment group (n=25) and a control group (n=25). Both groups received rehabilitation training; the treatment group was added with triple acupuncture therapy and the control group was added with regular meridians acupuncture therapy once a day and a month as a course. All patients received three courses of treatment. Besides, 25 healthy subjects were enrolled as a normal control group. It was found out that the CGRP content in two groups were lower significantly than that in the normal control group before treatment. However, after one month of treatment, the CGRP content in treatment group was higher significantly than that in the control group. After three months of treatment, the ASIA motor score and the ASIA feel score were significantly increased in both groups. After two months, three months of treatment, the MBI scales in the two groups were also increased significantly.
Often times, SCI patients were told by their western doctors to be content with their wheelchairs. It could have been worse. But I know deep in the heart of every one of them, there is a little voice asking “Can I do better?” or “Is there hope somewhere of the world?” The answer is YES !!! and the hope is in CHINA!!! Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 4 thousand of years. Based on human experiments, its efficacy in treating spinal injuries has been proven. However, you need to make the decision and give yourself a chance to become your best.