Putting MELT to a Self-Test

5th Metatarsal FractureI admit it, I am the MELT poster child. I believe in doing self-care and don’t much care for traditional routes of healing. Now, I didn’t plan this but after an entire year of touring the MELT Method book across the entire country, after sharing how to stay out of chronic pain, wouldn’t you know it, I broke my foot. Not my toe, my 5th metatarsal. It’s the long bone that attaches the pinky toe to the foot.

 I had broken this toe a few years back, chipping the side of the bone by sliding into the corner of a wall in a yoga studio with a wet, sweaty floor. When that happened, I went to the doctors, got an x-ray to see the damage, and found I had chipped a tooth sized piece of bone clear off. The doctor said, “Well, we can schedule a surgery and extract that little piece so it doesn’t cause you massive pain down the road.” I thought, “Is he insane? Did he lose his mind just then? Did he say he would surgically remove the chip to reduce pain later? Seriously?” Think about it. He was saying he would make an 1.5” incision on the side of my foot, mess up the soft tissue, remove the bone, then sew me back up with at least 5-10 stitches. I’d then be off my feet for what, 6-8 weeks, and then what? Deal with massive scar tissue. Ummm, I think not. So I said to him, “No, I’ll keep the chip and just move it back to where it was broken off and let it fuse itself back to the bone.” He said, “That’s impossible.” I said, no what’s impossible is you cutting into my foot to remove the bone.

So I did what I do… I did bodywork, I MELTed daily, I did acupuncture, moxa (this is a heat stick that is extremely hot and literally penetrates heat to the inner bone) an about 5 times a day for 3 weeks I worked the bone back into place. I was back running that week. All was fine.

Well, on December 23rd, (of course in my one week off the entire year), my

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 sweaty foot slid in my rubbery clog, suctioned the pinky side of my foot into the corner of the clog and it literally twisted my foot like wringing a rag and SNAP! It gave me a spiral fracture. Although my brother didn’t believe me, I knew what happened. So on Christmas eve my boyfriend took me to theemergency room for an x-ray which showed the V-shaped crack in the metatarsal. The nurse said, “Oh and you chipped a tiny piece of bone too.” I told her that no, that was there and most likely why the bone broke with so little pressure. Just the right angle and weight to twist the bone like a twig and crack it.

It’s 16 days later. I took photos of each day, which are here. What’s so entirely amazing is just how well MELT really works. I’m well on my way to healing and I want to share with you the steps I’m taking:

  1. Day One – hands-on work and ICE. You only see swelling but no bruise.
  2. toe 2Christmas Eve – hands-on work, ICE and I MELTed every square inch of my body besides my foot. I am now on crutches, and will be non-weight bearing for the next 7 days. (or at least mostly non-weight bearing. I walk in my house with pressure not on the side of my foot. This means I am pronating – not good for me so I walk very little)
  3. Christmas Day – same process until I get back to my office. I then use Moxa 4 times that day, ice in between, do bodywork on the foot and MELT my entire body.
  4. toe 3In the following days I get acupuncture, use Moxa 3x a day and start MELTing my feet but not the points that relate to that toe. This begins to move the stagnant blood away from the break and towards where the blood and fluids move towards – the two middle toes. In MELT I talk about how the movement of the lymphatic fluid and connective tissue seem to move most abundantly, down the lateral side of the ankle joint and over the toes on the forefoot. What’s compelling about picture 4 is you can see how the middle of my foot is entirely clear of bruising or stagnant blood, including my pinky toe bone. AMAZING.  toe 4aThe two images below are the before MELT on the 1st
    of January and the after MELT literally 20 minutes later. You can really see how MELT helps to move the stagnant blood out of the foot entirely in one single session.
  5. Last week I had a wonderful Rolfing session with the amazing Jamie Compton and will do so again tomorrow. It’s now day 16. There is little to no swelling, toe 4brelatively no pain and I am in a short boot if I have to walk outside so I don’t have to limp and mess the rest of my body up. It saves time so I don’t have to walk super slow either or think too much about not taking a bad step. I taught a MELT class today and did the entire foot treatment with them. My foot feels fantastic today. There’s some swelling in my foot because I’ve been on it way too long today already. Time to elevate it and do some self-caring.

toe 1.8So what’s on tap now? I anticipate being in that boot to walk around for the next 7-10 days to play it smart. No need to rush healing but I’ve certainly accelerated it. I will go to the orthopedist and get another x-ray to see how it’s actually healing. I’ll blog about that too.

If I’m right, the bone is healing remarkably well. I’m going to continue my self-care routine and update you on the outcome after 4 weeks. Until then, keep MELTing! It does help boost the body’s healing potential to say the least. 

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