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Soothing A Tender Compression Fracture

Author: Pat S.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 06-12-2013
Views: 8,259
Word Count: 431
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 8644-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 4

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My sister-in-law was in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in a thoracic vertebrae compression fracture. The hospital emergency room sent her away with tylenol with codeine.

When I saw her a few hours after the accident she was sitting on the couch moving her upper body from side to side and back and forth. She was in much pain. I asked her if she would let me put some oils on her back, much to my surprise, she said yes.

I used a blend of Young Living oils called the Magic Relief blend. This blend is great for muscle tissue, bone regeneration, and a wonderful analgesic.

The recipe:

* 8 drops of Spruce
* 6 drops Sandalwood
* 7 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
* 5 drops of Hyssop
* 4 drops of Lemongrass
* 5 drops of Helichrysum
* 4 drops of Wintergreen
* 2 drops of German Chamomile
* 1 drop of Blue Tansy in 1 oz V-6 oil

We placed the oils in the exact order given above (although we did not have the German chamomile or the Blue Tansy on hand). I had her lay on her tummy and I proceeded to feather (with my fingernails) the oils up her back, keeping the feathering close to her spine.

Then I very SLOWLY and LIGHTLY moved the palm of my hand up her back, on her spine. When I got to the compression fractured vertebrae, she requested that I leave my hand on that spot because it felt so good. I left it there for a while, but began again to move my hand slowly up her spine. I did put a little more of the oil on my palm when I needed it to move fluidly up her spine.

After about an hour and a half she got off the table and was doing things to get her children ready for bed. I put more of the magic relief blend on her back before she tucked in for the night.

When I woke in the morning, I didn't know what I would find when I went downstairs to see her. I found her sitting at the dining room table with her laptop. She looked up at me with a big grin and said "Good morning, I have no pain." She kept the blend and would have her husband or one of her children apply the oil to her spine once a day for about one week after. Never did the pain return.

I would also like to mention that she was visiting us when this accident happened. She rode 6 hours home that afternoon - with no pain.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: spine,back-pain — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
2.Associated topics: bones-/-osteo,osteoporosis — "Common herbs, essential oils, and monoterpenes potently modulate bone metabolism.... we investigated several common herbs rich in essential oils (sage, rosemary, and thyme) and essential oils extracted from these herbs and other plants (oils of sage, rosemary, juniper, pine, dwarf pine, turpentine, and eucalyptus) as well as their monoterpene components (thujone, eucalyptol, camphor, borneol, thymol, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, bornylacetate as well as menthol) and found that they inhibit bone resorption.... Our study demonstrates for the first time that essential oils and monoterpenes are efficient inhibitors of bone resorption...."Link
3.Associated topics: bones-/-osteo,osteoporosis — "Results of bone density, bone mineral content, bone tensile strength and histological analysis also showed similar trend of results, which supported initial observations of this study. It is proposed that hydroalcoholic extract of dried clove buds has bone-preserving efficacy against hypogonadal [hormonally deficient] osteoporosis."Link
4.Associated topics: osteoporosis — "Many plant extracts that protect against the development of oxidative stress manifest clear antilithiasic activity [preventing the formation of or relieving the symptoms of kidney stones].... Evidence obtained to date supports a contributory role of polyphenols [present in essential oils] in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, some cancer types, and osteoporosis.... The results show an improvement of the renal function in some treated groups with an increase of diuresis and creatinine excretion due to polyphenols pretreatment. Our results clearly validate the ability of polyphenols to protect against papillary calcification of kidney tissue, consequently preventing the development of papillary calculi [kidney stones].... The collective findings to date support a protective effect of polyphenols on kidney tissue. Thus, considering that injury of papillary tissue constitutes the first step in the development of COM papillary calculi, the antioxidant action of polyphenols may contribute significantly to their antilithiasic action."Link

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