A little over a year later…


It has been a little over a year since my surgery. Apart from having to spend an extra week in the hospital due to a staph infection in my healing wound 8 or 9 weeks after surgery, my recover is almost 100%.

I’m now able to jog over a mile. I’ve started out using an ArcTrainer at Planet Fitness. I started out doing 15 to 30 minutes on a typical elliptical, but that caused my feet to feel numb after  a while. I’m not sure why, but I figured I would give the Arch a tray. It was much harder for me due to my lack of cardio health. Needless to say, I kept bumping up my time by 15 minutes every week until I could get to an hour.

I’ve started lifting weights as well, but I’m mostly focusing on my upper body because it’s always been weaker than my lower body.  Soon I plan on putting together a workout plan instead of just doing whatever I feel like every day or every other day.

I’ve also lost 25 lbs due to working out, doing the cardio, and using MyFitnessPal to track my caloric intake.

The bottom line is that I think I’ve made a full recovery. I missed my last appointment with my doctor when it was originally scheduled. I went just at a year later. He had me to a heal raise on my injured leg. It was notably weaker than my uninjured leg, but I could do it for a second or two. He said that he released me from all restrictions and said that I just need to be careful, stretch, and that it could happen again.

Overall, when I first started the blog, the mental impact of going through this surgery, knowing that I would be out of commission for so long, really took a toll on me. Also, hitting my 40th birthday just under a year after my surgery stunned me as well. It motivated me to really pick up the pace and attempt to get back into shape. I would like to train for half a year or so and then possibly participate in a race. I’m not up to do a Spartan Challenge or Tough Mudder, but I think I can get there.

Thank you to the folks who created this site to help those of us have an outlet to express our concerns, post our status, and even contribute to any research we have done.  I think this will be my last post for a while unless I come upon another major milestone.

Week Blah Blah: It’s been a while. Alot to talk about here…


Wow, it’s been a long time. I should have been updating quite a bit.

The main purpose of this update, apart from just catching up, is to show how much I’ve still be able to go and do despite going through this surgery. I may wander away from the discussion about stuff that was impacted by wearing a boot or being limited in my movement, but I’m also painting a picture for myself to remember what all I have been doing.  I want this summer to be memorable and to prove that this has only slowed me down a little bit.

Throughout this time I’ve been doing my daily exercises almost every day that include:

  • Sliding my foot back and forth wearing a sock on a slippery surface. I think this is to increase my range of motion to be able to point my toe toward my head and away from my body.
  • “Windshield Wiper” movements where I stabilize my knee and focus on the side to side range of movement of my food at my ankle.
  • Light toe raises and heel raises while sitting down.
  • Rolling my ankle to help loosen up the muscles around my ankle and achilles.

Here is my timeline:

  • 05/26/2016
    • Got my stitches out. According to my doctor, everything was looking good. I just could not soak my leg and needed to be careful while cleaning the incision area while in the shower.
    • I was able to work while my wife drove us to Georgia for our family reunion.
    • We pulled our new (to us) pop up camper in the event that we needed somewhere else for our family to sleep if needed. Finding a place to park it was a total PITA because the cabin did not have any level land where we could set it down.
  • 05/27/2016
    • We spent my wife’s birthday with my family in GA at a cabin for the weekend. My aunt brought us a HUGE chocolate cake for her, but we didn’t eat it because we had so much other great food and we even had a banana split contest. We were going for the best looking banana split. One of my wife won 1st place!! Some of my cousins got crazy creative and they even made characters out of the food.
    • Again, my wife was a champ. We lugged the shower chair, my crutches, my iWalk, and everything else with us to the cabin. She still did a ton of work to get us ready for this trip.
    • The shower at the cabin for our room was huge and it felt amazing to be able to shower without a bag on my leg. It felt great to scrub my foot while being careful to not go near the incision.
  • 05/28/2016
    • Watched my family go down the Ocoee River on a white water rafting trip.
    • Spent the weekend with the family in the mountains of Blueridge, GA.
    • We ate good food and I was able to move around quite a bit on my iWalk crutch.
  • 05/30/2016
    • Memorial Day: Went out on my first boat ride while wearing my iWalk crutch.
    • Hot as hell and I couldn’t get in the water due to my wound, but it was great to get out of the house.
    • Getting in the boat wasn’t all that hard. It was getting out of the boat that was tricky. My cousin Zach pretty much had to pull me out.
  • 06/02/2016
    • Went in for my first round of PT. They put me on 25% weight and showed me how to use my crutches to only use 25% of my weight on the leg.
    • My wife went out of town on this day as well. She went to down to FL to go to a baby shower for my sister who is the Physical Therapist.
  • 06/08/2016
    • Wife came back into town.
    • I spent most of the previous week just doing most of my exercises and staying low key with a few exceptions to go grab something to eat or go to the library for some audio books.
  • 06/09 & 10/2016
    • Went into work in a building near Nashville to do some interviews. Just getting around where I work will wear you out.
    • While I’m super thankful for my iWalk crutch, it does require quite a bit of effort and walking longer distances will cause you to tire out.
    • I met someone at work who was going through the same surgery due to a similar injury. He was into week 14 and was able to walk around in a normal shoe. We had a great conversation about the healing process.
  • 06/10/2016
    • Went into work in a building near Murfreesboro to do some interviews.
    • My iWalk crutch was a huge help again. While I wasn’t able to move quickly, it was great to get out of the house and see some of the team.
  • 06/10/2016
    • Drove down to Alabama to see some family but did not get in until it was pretty late. I stayed at my cousin’s house. It was a bit rural and getting up the steps was a challenge, but my wife was able to help me.  The steps were a bit higher than normal steps and they did not have a handrail. I stayed in their main bedroom and their bathroom was super nice. Huge shower. It was really nice and made taking a shower easy. I’m still using my shower chair, but having the room to spread out made it much easier to get in and out.  I especially liked the limited threshold of the shower. Not much to step over when getting in and out.
  • 06/11/2016
    • Met up with my brother and his wife to meet my new nephew, Will.  We met up at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Montgomery, AL. Again, I had to be careful walking around. I tried to limit my walking again because I would get tired easily and it was so dang hot. I got to hold my new nephew!
  • 06/12/2016
    • Went out on a pontoon boat out on Lake Jordan for the day with my cousin Zach, his girlfriend, and some great people who are big fans of one of my family’s BBQ restaurants (Champ’s BBQ). It was great to get out on a calm lake in a pontoon boat. I basically found a spot on the boat and was able to sit in the shade while we cruised the lake. It sucked that I couldn’t get in the water to cool off, but I had plenty of cold drinks and damp towels. We listened to the Traveling Wilburys and Louis Prima amongst other classics. Most memorable songs that day: End Of The Line and It’s Later Than You Think.
  • 06/18/2016
    • Took the new travel trailer to Cedars of Lebanon State Park
      • I felt terrible because Sarah had to do most of the work to get us ready for our first time taking the camper out. Not to mention that I had some crazy sinus infection stuff going on. We cooked great food on our new small charcoal grill but figured out that we really need a gas grill to cook breakfast faster. Also, we had a Walmart and Dollar General right up the road in the event we needed anything (like sinus pills). It was certainly a challenge to move around at the campsite.  The bathrooms were the worst and taking a shower was a miserable experience. It would have been bad even if I didn’t have to wear a boot and walk on a crutch. The heat and humidity were pretty terrible.  Overall, I’m really glad we went and experienced our first trip in the camper. My wife is a master fire builder and our food was tasty. The people we did get to talk to at the campsite were really friendly and willing to provide advice on things to make our next trip more enjoyable.
    • I learned alot about myself this weekend on my limits. I could do more than I expected, but certainly learned to pay attention to my body and when to slow down. It bothered me that my wife had to work as hard as she did.
  • 06/25/2016
    • Sarah went out of town for the week. She went on a trip with her friend to the Dominican Republic. I worked from home alone the entire week. It was weird not having her around. I missed her quite a bit, but I know she had a great time. Her pictures of the food and events were priceless. Her being out of town also improved my confidence in being alone. I figured I would be fine, but with her out of town, it really proved to me that I would be fine. I think I went out of the house two or three times the whole week.  That certainly helped us save some money.
  • 06/30/2016
    • Our 4th wedding anniversary! Sarah came home from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I picked her up from the airport close to 11PM. I wanted to take her out, but it was too late.
  • 07/01/2016
    • Dr. appointment at TOA. Doctor told me that I could move to only have 2 lifts in my boot. From there, I would be able to remove 1 lift every week (on Friday) until I had no lifts in by boot for 1 week. After that I could move to a tennis shoe with 2 lifts and the every week remove a single lift.
  • 07/02/2016
    • Went to the lake and stayed with my wife’s aunt and uncle at their lake house on Watts Bar Lake near Ten Mile TN. It was great to see Sarah’s cousin and her family.  Sarah’s cousin is a nurse teacher near Ashville, NC. We went out on Sarah’s uncle’s boat to see some fireworks at night. Again, it was a pretty calm on the water that night. The next day we went for brunch at a restaurant across the lake. We took the boat for that as well. Again, it was hot but kept plenty of ice water on hand to keep me cool.
  • 07/08/2016
    • I’m down to 1 lift in my boot. This is much more comfortable and I don’t feel much stress or stretching on my leg when walking. I still have a noticeable limp, but it mostly due to weakness and a limited range of motion.
  • 07/09/2016
    • Went to see our god daughter in Knoxville for a short visit on the way to see family in Sevierville, TN. The family (I think there was 20 of us) went to Dollywood’s Splash Country. I sat in the shade with unlimited soft drinks while the family went down all of the slides.  It was great to see everyone. It did rain, but my family found a spot that was covered for me to hang out under. Again, I was able to take my boot off while I was still. It worked out because I could watch the family’s stuff while they were out having fun.  Thankfully, I was able to bring my work laptop and get caught up on a few things.
  • 07/15/2016
    • I am now able to start walking in my boot with no lifts. Talk about comfortable. It’s amazing. My heel does not feel as tired or sore because the weight seems to be more evenly spread across my foot.
  • 07/16/2016
    • Went to Alabama to see some family over the weekend.  I got my gas travel grill in from Amazon for Prime Day. My dad wanted me to bring my grill so he could see how it worked. We ended up cooking 24 hamburgers on it and they came out great.  I was limited on my mobility, but this was my last week in my boot before I could move to tennis shoes with 2 heel lifts. Again, it was super hot and I would take my boot off when I knew I could take it easy or if there was limited movement needed. As always, I stayed super careful. It’s amazing how much more mindful I have become about walking surfaces.
  • 07/19/2016
    • I called my insurance company to ask about a survey the needed me to fill out so I could get my claim funded for my surgery. It’s hard to believe that if you fail to fill out one survey they threaten to not pay a claim. Anyway, I was able to answer the questions about the claim over the phone so I didn’t have to mail in the paperwork.  While I had the insurance company on the phone I asked about my limited number of PT sessions. Initially, my doctor’s team told me that I was only supposed to get 4 PT sessions. After calling and talking to my insurance company I found out that I have up to 60 sessions that I can use.  This not only includes PT sessions, but therapeutic massage if needed. Know this, I will be setting up some regular PT sessions going forward.
    • We also started detailing Sarah’s car so we could sell it. I had been screwing with correcting the paint by wet sanding, applying paint, cutting, buffing and polishing. Talk about annoying. It’s an exhaustive process that takes alot more time, energy, space, and talent than I have.
  • 07/22/2016
    • Moved to wearing a tennis shoe with 2 lifts in it.  Pretty uncomfortable because I’m back to having all of that pressure on my heel again.
    • I started trying to wear my different tennis shoes. The one shoe that I wore on my good foot is looking a little worn out. I test my shoes and they all seem to be comfortable. My New Balance are by far the most comfortable, but the right one looks pretty ratty. My Adidas seem to be pretty comfortable and offer plenty of support as well.
    • Sarah and I started cleaning out the garage. We moved and added more shelving. We also got some additional storage bins so we could label and organize everything. I’d like to sell some of my beer making equipment and just get down to what I will be using going forward.
  • 07/24/2016
    • I drove to my sites in Kentucky for the first time in months to go see my teams. It was great to see all of the folks in my buildings this week. I was down to a single lift in my tennis shoe. I mostly wore my New Balance because they are a little lighter, cooler, and the heel up the back is so soft.
  • 07/28/2016
    • I wore my black Adidas tennis shoes today and had to do alot of walking around the building. That was a mistake. The back of the shoe that goes up above my heel is much stiffer and actually rubs my incision scar. Some time around lunch I noticed that it hurt more than normal. I got back to my hotel room in Campbellsville, KY and took off the shoes. I decided that I won’t be wearing them again for a while and I move back to my New Balance.
  • 07/29 - 30/2016
    • I met Sarah in Lebanon, TN and we headed towards her home town for her 20 year high school reunion. We had a great weekend seeing some of Sarah’s old friends and people she grew up with.
    • While we were in East Tennessee we stayed at Sarah’s Aunt and Uncle’s place again on Watts Bar. They have the most amazing shower in the master bathroom. It’s a full on deluxe European style shower with no threshold. I wish I could have used it more back when I was going through my first few weeks of surgery.
  • 08/02/2016
    • Went to PT after not going over a month. I spoke to my trainer about my wound hurting, swelling, and opening up last night. I’ll cover it more in my next blog entry as it becomes a much bigger deal than I expected.

That is the timeline over the past couple of months. I’m sure I’ve left out details and I may update this further later on. I’ll try to update with pictures as well. I’ve got a ton of them.

Week 02: Got My Partial Weight Bearing Date (I Hope)


I finally made a call to my Dr.’s office today to ask about which procedure was done. After the surgery, the Dr. told my wife what was done but I know he talks super fast and I was worried that we weren’t clear on what all had happened.

If you can’t tell by now, I research the living crap out of everything I am usually involved in. I love learning, and I love it even more when I fully understand a topic and can made the most educated and economical decision. I think it all goes back to my ENTJ personality type.

When I saw my Dr. for the consults before the surgery he told me we had four options on the surgery. He had told me that the options listed were in the most to least desirable order. He said each of them was easy, but he wanted me to know about each of them. He said he would not be sure which one he would do until he got in there and could see what his options were due to the severity and age of the injury.

They were:

  1. Dermal Allograft - Cadaver tissue is used as a scaffold to reconnect the broken tissues
  2. SpeedBridge - A knotless reconnection system using a multipoint stitch of fibertape to hold the tissues together
  3. FHL Tendon Transfer - This is where they disconnect a tendon from your big toe and relocate it to the back of your heal.
  4. Calf Recession (aka Gastrocnemius Release or Strayer Procedure) - This is where they cut the larger of the two muscles in calf to allow the tendon to become elongated where it can heal.

Though, from what I understand, option 4 was the least desirable to have to do, but was what they needed to go with. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society has a well documented FAQ about the process. It seems to be one of the most intrusive processes. I hope the road to recovery is something I can apply myself to speed the healing.

The nurse that I spoke with on the phone said that on Thursday (05/26/2016) I may be able to get the sutures out, depending on how well it has healed up.  From there, I may be able to move to 25% weight bearing with heal lifts in my boot. I hope this means that I will be able to take this cast off and wash my leg. I never had to wear a cast before and I hope never have to do this again. Anyway, I’ve updated my Achilles Profile to include the partial weight bearing date to that date. I have my fingers crossed.

Week 2: Got Out A Little On My Crutch


It looks like I’m updating my blog every 3 or 4 days. I’m okay with that cadence, but I would really like to keep it going here.

Since my last post, I was trying to get into the house after a long day and I was pretty tired. I miss-stepped coming into the house and tripped on the threshold. I didn’t land on my leg and i’m not 100% how it happened, but I was sore in my bad achilles for about two days. I was VERY afraid that I re-injured myself, but thankfully it did not. It was pretty messed up because it really scared me. I am now SUPER slow going through doors, especially where there are rugs around.

I did get to go to a wedding this weekend. It was really great to get out of the house and see some people. My wife and I met up with some friends after the wedding and actually went out to a bar. I didn’t drink too much, but moving around in a crowded bar on my crutch was a challenge. I really only got up to go to the bathroom, but I don’t think I want to go do that again.

Life doesn’t have to stop! =)

While out of town I slept on my friend’s couch because it was on the first floor of his house. He has two Bernese mountain dogs as pets. I’ve never seen an animal want to stay that close to me because they knew I was injured. It was really sweet because they wanted to lay on or near me to keep me comfortable.

After talking to my sister last week, she was adament that when I start going to Physical Therapy that I have someone who will spend as much individual time with me as possible. She said to find someone who does more than handing you a sheet of paper with exercises and walks away or has to split their attention between 5 or 6 people. In order to heal and get the most out of my time in PT, they need to be hands on with exercises and massages for recovery. Because she is a Physical Therapist, she knows what it takes to really recover. I plan on using her as a resource. I’m really lucky to have someone like that I can talk to about everything here.

Another item I forgot to mention the other week had to do with my cast protector that I use when taking a shower. It turns out that the items never arrived in time so my wife had to go to the drugstore and get me the cast protectors. She couldn’t find them at the local Walmart, nor one of our regular CVS drugstores. She had to go to a Walgreens and get a protector that was almost $15 each. I think it’s much thicker vinyl than the ones I was talking about getting and it only came in a pack of one. The only real problem I have with it is that the rubber pulls my gauze bandages down when taking it off. I’ve been practicing a few times and gotten better at it but it works really well and has done a good job.

I also got the suction balance assistance bar for the shower. It’s been a huge help. I don’t put all of my weight on it, but it helps give me a little more control. Other thing to note, is this gauze has Velcro on the ends that keep it wrapped just right once adjusted. I’m really impressed with it about how well it’s holding up. I’m just looking forward to being able to take a regular shower and wash that leg.

The leg protector I got from Walgreens

The Curad cast protector did finally come after a neighbor brought it by because the mail was delivered to the wrong mailbox.

I feel like I’m constantly writing about stuff to make life easier, but one last thing for today. I was wearing my right running shoe that I got as a pair a few months ago. Well, the laces they came with were WAY TOO LONG. They weren’t just a little too long, they were WAY long. I noticed that the laces could be a trip hazard when I’m walking on my crutch with the other leg because there are alot of times I don’t take full steps because I am trying to walk as carefully as possible. So I ordered some new shoestrings, and I think going forward I will be replacing all of my shoelaces in my sports shoes with the replacements I purchased. They are called New Balance Sure-Lace Shoelaces and they are pretty amazing. They have little beads in the laces that keep them from slipping. I suggest you check them out.

My wife and I have started to eat alot more rotisserie chicken to up the protein I’m eating each week. They only cost about $5 at Sam’s Warehouse. and there is so much meat on them. We are also using the chicken for making chicken salad. It’s delicious beyond compare even if it is a little fattening. She uses greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise and it is amazing. I am also tying to eat as much pineapple as I can too. I’ve read on LiveStrong that along with other foods can provide your body what it needs to recover.

I continue to research the types of techniques and therapies I can use once I start PT. My reason for constantly researching is that I want to be as prepared as possible and know what to look forward to.
Again, I will be skeptical of any therapy technique and will want as much evidence based research applied to whatever processes I use.

One of the items I’ve found is called the Graston Technique. This method uses steel rods, pokers, and other scary looking and expensive equipment to help break up scar tissue. There are lower cost tools that aren’t stainless steel used in Gua Sha therapy. Again, just because the title of an article is “The Science Behind Gua Sha” does not necessarily mean real scientific studies have been done. Again, I’ll be talking to my sister to get her input.

Graston device in use on an achilles

Graston tools

Gua Sha tools work the same way

Part of me knows that there may only be a little or no truth to these therapies. Even though, I don’t feel like researching this is a waste of time. If anything, it will help me identify when someone is discussing with me what they are talking about as well as being able to tell if they were bamboozled by the pseudoscience. i almost feel like the scraping massages listed above may have more truth to them simply because they are massage techniques as apposed to “finding electrical shorts” in your nervous system.

Week 02: Still At It


I spoke with my sister, the Physical Therapist, yesterday about the ARP Wave therapy. She was as skeptical as I am. She told me that right now I need to focus on just healing and not doing too much.  I’d like to stay ahead of the game as much as possible by being ready for anything I can do to help this heal as fast as possible.

She did point out to me that when I do finally switch over to my fixed boot that she has had some patients who have complained of back and hip discomfort due to the boot leg making your legs different lengths. She suggested that I look into getting an Evenup Shoe Balancer. I have had problems with my back before, so I’ll be looking to get this when I get out of my cast.

I did take a bit of a tumble while taking a shower yesterday. I didn’t hurt myself, but I slipped and it scared the hell out of me.  I seem to remember people I know having some sort of suction cup based balance handle they put in their shower. I will probably be ordering this: Moen LR2308W Home Care 12-Inch Suction Balance Assist Bath Grip.

Also, my iWalk crutch has been super successful. I did have a pretty long bruise behind my knee because of the strap there. I don’t bruise easily, so I know I needed to get this fixed.  My wife, again being amazing, took an old microfiber dishtowel and fashioned me a slip cover for that part of the crutch. It is hard to see in the picture below, but it makes a HUGE difference. She also put a stitch on both ends so it would not slide around. Those stitches will need to be cut if I need to adjust the strap, but that is a small price to pay to have it stay in place and not bruise my leg.

Slip cover on top strap. Regular strap and cheap pad that came with it below for comparison.

So far, this has really been the only flaw I have found with the crutch. Still totally worth it to have both hands free.

I also found out that I have this cool tracker I can add to my blog. I would love it if I could turn it into a widget.

Week 02: First Few Days Back At Work (From Home) & A Little ARP Wave Research


I’ve cut back on the pain pills. It’s nice to have a clear mind. It took some time and I still have some cloudiness from time to time.  I’m really not a fan of those pills even though it was the hardest I had slept since I could remember.

Had my first day back at work (working from home).  The email barrage was to be expected.

I’ve been focusing on eating foods high in protein. After having a conversation with a co-worker who went through a similar issue he told me that his Dr. made it clear to him on the healing process. Tendon don’t heal faster at this stage by pushing yourself.  I guess that makes sense. I’m still going to continue to look for things I can do to help myself heal as quickly as possible.

I did some reading for different physical therapy methods and I came across ARP (Accelerated Recovery Performance) Wave therapy techniques. I’m looking at this as a skeptic because I have not been able to find any hard science behind it other than testimonials.

At about 1:20 through this video it explains that the device is an FDA Authorized device.  It states the following when talking about the ARP Wave system:

A patented, FDA Authorized, soft tissue rehab SYSTEM that can DIAGNOSE the ORIGIN of what is causing soft
tissue pain/injury and ELIMINATE THE SYMPTOM 60-80% FASTER than traditional therapy
Combines Direct Current with a high frequency, double exponential wave form that’s HARMONIOUS to the body
Allowing the doctor to locate scar tissue/neurological disconnect WITHOUT impedance of fatty tissue or causing harm to patient.

So basically they run DC current through your body to identify where you might have a short in your nerve circuitry without having to cut you open.  I’m not 100% clear on what they mean by a DC current that is “HARMONIOUS to the body” either.

They go on to say that the ARC Wave System, unlike “Electric Stimulation, Laser, Ultra Sound, Graston, physical therapy, etc cannot diagnose and ELIMINATE SYMPTOM permanently“.

at about 1:50 they further explain that the system uses DC current “in our wave form”:

The ARP Wave System System is able to treat the patient with ACTIVE movement, breaking down scar tissue, allowing for muscles to LENGTHEN and more importantly eliminating compensation patterns that helped caused the issue in the first place

My interpretation of this is they use physical therapy to break down scar tissue. The “allowing muscles to lengthen” is common for all scar tissue removal as explained in this video at about .

So once the scar tissue is identified it is then removed using physical activities that help break it down.

Other optional ways to break down and remove scar tissue seem to be massage and surgery.  So I’m guessing that the exercises you do will help break down those scars. While this sounds like it might be legitimate, I’m still not 100% clear how a doctor can learn to identify where scar tissue exists by using electrical current.  So I researched a little more and came across this video where someone won free treatment and they were recorded going through the process.

Again, the skeptic in me arises, as there some tricks you can do that can cause you to have similar sensations of weakness, lack of feeling, or mistakes in understanding what you are feeling. Part of the reason I feel that way is because of how the guy in the video tends to remind me of someone who is selling something to make you feel better (AKA Snake Oil Salesman). Also, they are promoting their therapy and not really breaking down the science.

Because the device is “FDA Authorized” I knew could look up what they submitted to the FDA before they were allowed to use or sell the devices in the US. After some snooping on the FDA website I was able to find the two devices made by Arp Manufacturing, Inc. There is the ARP POV SPORT and the ARP RX100. It looks like the SPORT is used more like a traditional electrical stimulation device for strengthening muscles. It is the RX100 that is used for “Muscle Re-Education”.

I am not fully against this technology, but I would certainly like to see the scientific evidence and any studies on how this process actually works. How is a doctor or therapist trained on how to identify the short circuits in your nervous system.

I will be reaching out to my sister who is a Physical Therapist to see what she thinks, but I would love some input from anyone else out there.