It’s Thursday morning, March 3, 2011. I’m still reveling in the sheer amazement of what happened to me over the last day and a half, especially what transpired last night. Two nights ago I decided to take 1.5 hour intensive yoga class at the local studio where I practice. The instructor, being very well trained in posture and anatomical realignment is pretty strict on the pose being exact and perfect. Or at least, that is how I internalized it. Feeling the intense pressure to perfect my pose, now those who know me well will confidently attest to the fact that I push myself in all that I do for good and for bad, this is my strength and weakness. Pushing myself in Trikonasana pose, I stretched myself to the max twisting my neck up back not realizing how much I was sending my head and neck out of place. That night I got home and felt a deep, intense pain shooting from my jaw back into my neck and beneath my ear. My jaw became completely mis-aligned and chewing anything became excruciating. Unable to close my jaw, eating was far from being an option. Meals from then on, for the next day and a half were liquefied. Thank goodness for my nourising green smoothies! Soon after, the area below my ear swelled into the size of a small golf ball- I looked like the monster from the goonies.
I worried about whether I had caused nerve damage in that sensitive area. The next day I woke up in the same amount of pain, solid food again was out of the question. I am so grateful to have my professional colleagues to call upon times of dire straits. Feeling desperate, I called up my osteopath, massage therapist and body realignment friends. Everyone seemed to have conflicting words of wisdom. Some suggested stretching, some not. Some suggested cold and ice compresses and some thought that was crazy, heat was the way to go! I even located my yoga teacher and he devotedly typed up a page and a half of advice on how I should proceed. I quote from his email: “I have encountered things like the injury you have described, although never to the extreme you are experiencing. Neck discomfort in/from that pose is not uncommon, and is caused usually by throwing the head backward and overturning the head from the neck rather than from lower down in the spine. It sounds to me like that’s what you’ve done, but with a lot of strain, which is causing the extreme reaction. It also sounds to me like it has affected both nerve and muscle, the nerve is causing the shooting pain, but the muscles have spasmed causing a misalignment and subsequent pinching of a nerve.”
I decided try a couple of the stretches one of the therapists recommended. Those stretches threw my jaw into further mis-alignment and made any bits of natural healing that took place, completely disappear. Not knowing what else to do, I grabbed for my homeopathy first aid kit. I read up in my first aid Materia Medica and I found two remedies which best fit what I was experiencing. I took Hypericum for the intense shooting nerve pain and Rhus Tox for the sprain and strain, which was essentially impacting the nerve and causing the golf ball swelling.
I could not believe what happened! I couldn’t help myself from smiling from amazement while it happened! The second I put those 4 pellets in my mouth, my jaw literally began to come back into place and the pain literally dissolved. My face felt like my face again! I sat there in the sheer amazement of the healing that was overcoming my body.
This morning is the morning after. My jaw is completely back in its right place and the golf ball swelling has completely gone down. The only remnant I feel is a tenderness in the spot if I press on it. I can bite down again and am able to eat solid food today, no problem. Every second weekend I study at theMontréal Institute of Classical Homeopathy where I am completely and utterly amazed at the healing that takes place in the video and live cases that we are privy to. It’s always so incredible. But nothing compares to actually feeling the true deep healing and the realignment in your own body. When you really know what that feels like, from having experienced it, that is the incredible miracle of true healing.