Over 40 years ago, while in high school, I was in a severe car accident that kept me in traction in the hospital for over six months.
My injuries consisted of a compound fracture of my left femur, and fractures of both my tibia and fibula. My ankle was also affected because of the fractures and I developed a severe drop foot. After months of therapy, I was able to walk independently on my own, without crutches or a foot brace. As time went on the nerve pain in my foot got better and my foot drop continued to improved. As years went on, I became a nurse and mom - life was busy!
At the time, my right leg was good, as was my foot. In 2010, I started to notice that my left leg was turning in, no pain, but very noticeable. In 2013 I went to see an orthopedic doctor and was fitted for a brace to keep my leg straight. At that time, my left foot started to give me a lot of nerve and arthritic pain.
In 2015 my leg and shoulder started to be painful, and I had decreased range of motion. I spent months in Physical Therapy, but the pain and decrease in motion did not improve. I saw two orthopedic doctors, and after an x-ray and a MRI, both orthopedic physicians said I needed a total shoulder replacement. I was so discouraged. I felt like my left scapula was stuck and I couldn’t rotate my arm.
That September, I fell and injured my right leg. My surgery was already scheduled in Boston for February of 2016 for my left leg, so I had that surgery, which included a total knee replacement. November of 2016 I also had a total knee replacement on my right knee. I had months of physical therapy.
My first visit with Kaela was in March of 2017. No words could describe how I felt after one session, it was amazing. I felt I had finally found the person who could help me. I have continued to have treatment almost every week since. My left shoulder is still a challenge, but my scapula doesn’t feel stuck, and my movement has improved. My left foot never felt attached to me, because of all the nerve pain and decreased movement. Kaela has done amazing work on my foot, and it now feels a part of me and human. She also treats my neck, back and legs.
I am now back to work as a nurse working 32 hours. If not for Kaela, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. The massage with the tool treatment combined has made it possible for me to walk and enjoy my days.
In working with Clare over these past three years, I have had the pleasure in getting to know her very well. And let me tell you, she is a person of incredible strength. In addition to being a mother of five, Clare has been a nurse at Hasbro Children’s hospital for many years – caring for Rhode Island families and their children, predominately working in oncology and hematology.
When Clare first came to me, looking for pain relief, I was determined to provide her with results. The injuries she has sustained throughout the years, from severe fractures, to joint replacements, to “frozen” joints, left me with a long list of ailments to address.
Today Clare no longer suffers from the same pain she endured for years. This work can truly improve someone’s quality of life!
In sharing Clare’s story, I hope that you have a renewed or deepened appreciation for massage therapy – or perhaps a heightened curiosity overall for alternative ways of healing. In addition to soft-tissue work, Clare regularly works with a Pilates instructor. This assisted exercise work really permits Clare to exercise in a manner that is both healthy and challenging for her body.