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Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 - 12:09:   

Hi Dr. Halevi. I have read with much interest your book and I would like to ask your advice. I am trying to treat an ancient pain that I have on the left side of my neck, radiating down to my fingers along with a numb and tingling sensation. Can you recommend anything besides what's described on your book for the treatment of such a disorder?
With much appreciation,
Emanuel Bider
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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 10:39:   

Well Emanuel, most effective points for the treatment of such disorder are delineated extensively in my book. For this, as well as other painful conditions, using tender points, or the "Ahshi" points described on my book, may prove very effective and useful. Still, I would recommend one more technique, not described on my book, which I think is quite appropriate in your condition and may definitely help you.
The condition that you are describing mostly involves the thoracic nerve. This nerve and its branching, affect the area of the cervical vertebrae, the upper thorax (of the side involved), the area of the collar bone and, in many occasions, also the arm and fingers. Most often, an inflammation (slight arthritis or spondilitis) of the lower cervical vertebrae or the area of vert. T-3,4,5 may affect the muscles in this area such as the levator scapula and the adjacent muscles, and irritate the nerves that permeate these muscles, such as the thoracic nerve and its branches. In many other instances, we have the trapped nerve syndrome, by which a nerve trunk is strangled within a tight muscle bundle, due to a trauma or excessive physical exertion involving specific muscles. When this happens, there is significant pressure on the nerve which hinders its energetical flow, thus resulting in numbness and tingling sensation along its course.
The use of the Longstick for such a condition must involve pressure and stimulation of trigger points along the course of this nerve, besides the use of acu-points described in my book. Thus, besides the recommended Ahshi points mostly on the upper left back (in your case) or the base of your neck, I would recommnd also a point or an area right under your left axilla. Simply run your thumb downward from your left axilla (a distance of 2-3 cun more or less), until you are able to palpate a tender spot on the intra-costal space (between two ribs). If you place the tip of the Longstick on this spot and apply moderate pressure, you may feel a radiating sensation travelling to the dorsal shouldewr and neck area, simulating the path of your usual pain and discomfort. After properly identifying this tender spot, you may increase your stick stimulation there, using the prodding and scraping techniques quite vigorously, to the limits of your tolerance. Repeat this procedure 2-3 times daily for several days, along with the stimulation of other tender points described above, and I am sure you will feel much better.
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Posted on Monday, February 14, 2005 - 12:26:   

Thank you very very much for your detailed reply. I am definitely going to apply your recommendations.

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