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Tongue Diagnosis

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Initial Exam

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1 month into treatment

Main Concern(s): Neck, Shoulder, Knee Discomfort, Osteoarthritis on toes


S. C


Aaron Li Balance Method
Main concern(s): Neck, Shoulder, Knee Discomfort, Osteoarthritis on toes
Patient: 40 years old, female, Michigan
Practitioner: Aaron Li

Patient has been dealing with neck discomfort for the past 15 years, shoulder discomfort for the past 12, and osteoarthritis of her big toes since 5 to 6 years ago. She has been seeing a chiropractic and massage therapist which helps to a fair extent. She feels that working on the computer for prolonged periods of time and certain sleep positions aggravate her discomfort.  She rates her neck pain intensity a 7 out of 10 at its worst, and the other concerns to a less intensity. Her health issues have been limiting her work, and she also feels she can not enjoy running as much because of her osteoarthritis.Other symptoms include anxiety, stress, she is easily awakened and has difficulty falling back asleep, brittle fingernails, cold hands and feet, and occasional constipation.

In her initial exam she stated that she feels a consistent dull pain and tightness in her neck. She also feels a throbbing pain in the bottom of her skull; especially when she sits a lot at her computer for work. She feels a knot on her right shoulder.  Her big toe joint is also painful and she feels the need to crack them. Her right knee feels painful during the day. She feels stress and headaches during her menstrual cycle. When she sleeps she usually gets up once in the middle of the night and sometimes is up for 10 to 15 minutes or 1 to 2 hours to fall back asleep.  She feels stiffness in her neck while sleeping and often wakes up feeling tired. She has a normal appetite and bowel movements every 1.5 days.


One month into her treatment, she still wakes up once during the night and takes 15 minutes to an hour to fall back asleep.  She doesn't feel as much pain in her neck and bottom skull as much as before. Her neck tension also is not daily, but only periodically now. Right shoulder pain is still there but less each day.  She also feels less urge to crack her toes. She feels arthritic pain in her fingers now. Headaches have been occurring once a week and last about 45 minutes. Her bowel movements have improved to once or twice a day. She still feels tired when she wakes up in the morning.


Her chronic pain in her neck and shoulders has subsided, and she is now able to concentrate on her work for a better period of time.  Her toe pain has gone away and she can also enjoy her hobby of running.  Being free from pain has also helped in getting better sleep and waking up feeling more refreshed. Patient is now on a monthly maintenance treatment.

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