On August 28 2006, I had sprained my ankle while playing basketball at the East Gym on Binghamton University’s campus. At the time of the injury I heard a loud popping noise and within minutes my ankle had swollen to four times the normal size. I preceded to drive immediately to Lourdes Hospital located in Binghamton on Riverside Drive. Once there, I had x-rays taken on my ankle that revealed no fractures, at this point the medical staff gave me an air cast and crutches and told me to, ” stay off it for a while”. I am a full-time student and work full time and did not have the luxury of staying off my ankle “for awhile”.
The days following the injury I could not put any weight on the leg and was limping noticeably. I was also enrolled in a karate class at Binghamton University to fulfill my gym requirement which I needed to graduate in the winter of 2006. Needless to say it was imperative that I healed quickly enough to work and participate in my class without any serious repercussions. Soon after the accident I was working at Java Joes on State Street in Binghamton when Ken Campbell (principal of the International College of Healing Arts), a regular at the coffee house, noticed me limping/hopping around the café and told me to stop by his office, Two Rivers Health and Wellness. Ken wanted to take a look at my ankle to see if there was any way to help the situation. At this point I knew Ken worked in kinesiology but that was the limit of what I knew about his practice.
I arrived at Ken’s office after work that same day and laid down on a table in the middle of the room. Ken told me his practice he uses a three-fold triangle system to determine the problem, a procedure to help the problem, and a solution to stop any reoccurring pain. The three sides of this triangle are physical, chemical (diet, drugs. . Etc) and mental. While western medicine relies almost exclusively on physical: setting bones, surgery, etc, Ken uses all three to help the body use its own power to heal itself.
Initially Ken performed a series of muscle tests by testing the strength of certain muscles and how they correspond to the uninjured leg to determine what muscle’s were “weak” or affected during the accident. Once finding a “weak” muscle Ken used acupressure a technique that uses certain lines/meridians throughout your body that are all interconnected to release pressure and ultimately strengthen the muscle at the affected area. Strengthening these muscles releases the fluid that had built up around the ankle area creating most of the pain and discomfort I had felt. Ken also told me to imagine the accident or recreate the situation within my head and then visualize my ankle healing. This process helps with the overwhelming power the mind has over the body and uses that potential to your benefit. He also explained how through a series of muscle tests he would be able to determine what minerals and/or vitamins were lacking within my body which would also effect the healing rate of my ankle.
At the end of the 30 minute session I was able to walk, without a limp, out of his office. The swelling had noticeably decreased and I was able to participate in my gym class on the following day. I would like the take this opportunity to personally thank Ken for his concern for my well-being as well as his active involvement in my recovery. Without his knowledge and participation I undoubtedly would still be trying to “stay off it for awhile.”
(Note: This client went hiking in the rugged and remote Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains just 10 days after being seen by Ken Campbell – Ed)