One of my patients told me about a, “Dr. Joe”. He is a foot reflexologist in Charlotte NC.
Since my stomach was upset along with the elbow pain, I decided to go see Dr. Joe. The elbow is in the intestinal meridians area. I have always believed that foot reflexology and acupuncture has some bearing on health and well-being, so my mind was open.
He didn’t have me fill out a form as to my medical or past medical history. Only my name rank, and serial number.
Dr. Joe gave me an overall assessment of all organs and musculoskeletal systems as he pressed and rubbed his fingers, knuckles and a little wooden mallet over a gazillion parts of my toes and feet. Some places hurt and other areas didn’t
He pretty much told me what I already knew regarding my health and symptom issues. Wow, did some of them hurt. Then, he said, “Okay. Chinese torture. No pain No Gain!” He ground his knuckles into the problem areas of the elbow and stomach zones. Beads of sweat came to my forehead. I couldn’t wait for him to finish his Chinese torture.
Finally, he did some pressure moves on my foot where the elbow zone is and after a few grunts he said, “Aha. Done!”
I was never so relieved to be over with the session, but looked forward to going back next week for more. Why, because I intuitively knew that he had helped me.
A day after the session, my patient e-mailed me to see what my experience was. I told her and she e-mailed me back.
To paraphrase she said, don’t worry about what he does. He makes people well. The owner of a local professional sports team sees him regularly. His team players also get treatments. He was encouraged to fly in a private jet to the next game on the west coast so he could take care of the players. His family ties kept him from making the trip.
Next week he explained to me in his best attempt to speak English how, what, and why he was doing and what he was doing.
Turns out, the local doctors and their families see him. Clients who move from the Charlotte area come back to him because other reflexologists miles and miles away can’t do what Joe does. Dr. Joe can tell if you have high blood sugar. He can tell if you need a colonoscopy because of a benign or cancerous lesion. That’s why the doctors come to see him, Kind of a pre-screening procedure. Why get a colonoscopy if you don’t need it. He can tell if you have high cholesterol.
My massage therapist associate reminded me of a client we were trying to help, about two years ago. He was a young man and he was in a great deal of back, neck, and other body pains. Our Bowen and massage sessions offered only minimal and temporary relief for him.
A few months ago his father came back to my associate’s massage office and thanked her for all of our attempts to help his son. He had taken his son to a foot reflexologist in Charlotte who inflicted great amounts of pain whilst working on his feet. To the point that, his son had to bite on a piece of cloth in order to endure the pain during the treatment. (Sounds like the same practitioner). After a few sessions, he was totally pain free. “Different Tissues Have Different Issues” So, “Different Strokes for Different Folks”.
The rest of the story. Dr. Joe studied western medicine as well as eastern medicine. Then, he learnt the unorthodox method of foot reflexology from a man in Shanghai many years ago. He puts it all together for the betterment of mankind.
The patient who told me about him and her husband see him once a week. Husband no longer has gout or arthritic pain.