Another testimonial for TT

Dear Alex,
I should have written to you sooner to thank you for how well your method worked for me. I had tendinosis in my right thumb for about a year, and no standard methods of treatment received from my doctor would relieve it. After much internet searching, I found your method. I’m normally quite skeptical of alternative health treatments, but since nothing else worked, I decided to give your technique a try. I was astonished to find that about three-quarters of my pain vanished after only three or four days of employing your method. After another month or so, the pain was virtually all gone, as long as I did the exercises every second day. Now, after four months, I don’t even have to do the exercises regularly, just once in a while if I feel a little ache. I’m now able to work out with weights again and do garden work and write comfortably. Thank you very much. I wish your technique would become well-known, especially among doctors, since there must be thousands of people out there who could really benefit from it. You can quote me on this all you like.
Yours gratefully,
Neil Bishop

I don’t have anything to add to this at all. Thanks for a great testimonial, Neil!

Blackberry Thumb, iPhone Thumb…

I ran across an interesting (and slightly horrifying) article in the Calgary Herald a couple of days ago (text and link are below). People usually think of tendon pain as something that happens in the larger joints, the elbows, knees, ankles and so on. But it can happen anywhere that there is a repetitive stress and pattern overload. Here’s an extreme case:

Banker undergoes ‘BlackBerry thumb’ surgery because she used her iPhone too much

By Katya Wachtel, Business Insider August 29, 2010

A mortgage banker just had to have surgery on her thumb because she was using her iPhone too much, according to WTSP.

The hospital says her condition is best known as “Blackberry thumb.” However, since she was using an iPhone, “iPhone thumb” is obviously more appropriate in her case.

Symptoms of Blackberry thumb include pain, inflammation, numbness and tingling.

The Philly woman might have realized she felt some of the symptoms had she not spent up to 12 hours a day in communication with clients on her iPhone.

The tendons in her thumb became so severely inflamed, they required removal.

Her need for surgery would (almost?) be funny, but apparently surgery on the hand is very serious and it’s going to be a long time before she can use her phone again. Recovery time for tendon surgery can be up to two months or longer.

“Most hand tendon injuries take longer to recover than most other operations elsewhere in the body,” according to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/technol…#ixzz0y2Lt9Vag

I have complete confidence that the techniques I explain in my book will cure most people, but in this case I wouldn’t be completely positive. I’m fairly sure that with the amount of stress this lady placed on her tendons she’s gone beyond tendonitis (simple inflammation) and well into tendonosis (actual damage to the tendon itself). But if you’ve got tingling and numbness you’re probably experiencing some nerve damage along with the tendon problem, and that’s frankly beyond my expertise. Still, I think that if it were me I’d invest twenty bucks and see what happened before I opted for surgery.

For those who are experiencing some pain (but not as severe as the lady in the article), there is a quick and accurate tendon test on this page that will tell you what sort of pain you have, and what you can do about it.