Chapter 7-2: The Early Pain Years - Acupressure

In the doorway of his study he hammered in at intervals small wooden slats creating grooves into which he could slide a wooden bar with a three-inch long wooden dowel attached to the center. Leaning against the dowel he could apply pressure to trigger points in his upper back and shoulder. He was able to adjust the height of the bar moving it up and down as needed to release various trigger points. He even came up with different size dowels to work over smaller or larger areas as needed. And for a while this alleviated the tight knots and spasms, he frequently experienced. 

Friends would suggest remedies, vitamins, shark fin cartilage, herbal teas, and lotions. Oregano, rosemary and thyme are replete with analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory compounds. But there’s only so much oregano that you can put in your food every day and while I did increase the use of natural herbs in my cooking, Bob saw no change to the pain throbbing at the base of his neck.  Ginger was another herb highly recommended to us; a natural anti-inflammatory, it has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese to cure pain. Ginger helps relieve nausea, arthritis, headaches, menstrual cramps and muscle soreness. During colder days, ginger can help spice up your circulation, too. Bob was a dyed in the wool coffee drinker, so ginger tea did not hold much promise, but ginger cookies were a huge success. There was no obvious pain reduction, but his belly got bigger.