Crash, Bang…Jin Shin Jyutsu to the Rescue, Part 2

Pennie Sempell writes an article about a motor vehicle accident she experienced in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 51, Winter 2006:


Crash, Bang…Jin Shin Jyutsu to the Rescue


The woman driving the other car came up to me as the medics put me on a stretcher. I felt no anger towards her then or now. She was in tears as she apologized. I said, “Peace be with us all.” And I meant it. In the ambulance, my blood pressure and heart rate were normal. The ER checked me over and found no internal bleeding or fractures. The doctor was very surprised, considering the impact.

Just as I was ready to be discharged, my right hand swelled up suddenly. They took me back for X-rays. The metacarpal bone on the right little finger side was fractured. My left thumb was badly sprained. My right hand had flown up and knocked off the rear view mirror. I was diagnosed with moderate, not severe, whiplash.

I received multiple Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions each week from my husband, Gerald, who has amazing jumper cables, and did self-help care daily. I had been splinted 3 weeks before I went to see a hand specialist. The doctor was disturbed that my right little finger SHARPLY “scissored” or crossed under the ring finger when I attempted to close my hand. He showed me on new X-rays how the bones had been dislodged in the accident (not picked up by ER) and were healing incorrectly. With a condition that he said would only worsen over time, I agreed to surgery. Surgery was scheduled in 4 days. The right hand would be opened up, the newly healed bone material surgically “broken” and reset with pins.

The weekend before surgery, I increased my self-help and received daily sessions. The Heart, Mediator and Small Intestine Flows were frequent friends. I concentrated intently on my little finger “tracking” next to the ring finger, like a mother dolphin and her baby. Slowly, I exercised the fingers so that my little finger might track correctly, and not “scissor” under. I did this every hour for about 3 days. Hour by hour it improved, until the little finger moved almost perfectly.

At my insistence, the doctor squeezed me in for an appointment the day before surgery. I showed him what my fingers could do. He was shocked and said I had accomplished what would have been the “hoped-for” outcome of surgery. Surgery was cancelled.

My treatment team has included Jin Shin Jyutsu, physical therapy and hand therapy. My recovery has been excellent, with some adaptations for the mending right hand, such as decreasing the number of patients I would see each day (to reduce the number of hours that weight is on my right ulnar nerve). My sprained left thumb has done remarkably well with the increased “load” it has taken in jumper cabling.

I attribute the Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help, which I used on the sidewalk immediately after the crash, to nipping in the bud (as the saying goes) a myriad of spine problems and internal injury which could have resulted from such an impact, and to the good healing of my hands and spine. Before calling “911”, I thought first of Jin Shin Jyutsu. And how glad I am!

Thank you, Pennie.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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