那天我在院子里干活时，突然腰背疼痛得厲害，便吃了些止痛药，希望能像以往一樣過幾天就可 平安無事。可是5天過去了，腰背仍然很疼，而且胃也因為藥吃得太多，胃開始不舒服起來。沒辦法，我就去看家庭医生。医生給我配了些消炎止痛藥，吃了12 天，一點用都沒有。不得已，我便開始吃配方止痛藥。吃多了，胃就很不舒服，便又開始吃胃藥止胃痛。我平時吃藥前都會比較小心地查看藥物的副作用說明。當我 讀到吃那種止痛藥會引起便秘時，便非常緊張，趕緊打電話給藥房說我平時大便就比較困難，希望有個對應措施。藥房便給我配了通便的藥。這樣，我在吃止痛藥的 同時，還不得不同時吃止胃痛的藥和通便的藥。之後，我尊醫囑照了X光和核磁共振。檢查結果顯示我的“第三、四、五节，特别是第五节腰椎突出，突出部分压迫 到左腿的神经根”，這也是為什麼那時我的左腿也很痛的緣故。
為此，我先開始做理療，沒用；就去疼痛管理診所（Pain Management clinic) 往脊椎裡打封閉。 醫生說打這種針一年不能超過四針。2013年10月我接受了第一針，打进去后效果非常好，雖然只維持了兩個多星期，但期間因為疼痛已大幅度減輕，所以我寄希望從此可靠打針過上正常生活；可 一個月后打的第二针，以及四个月後打的第三针完全沒有了第一針的那種效果。不得已，我停掉了針，又回到了理疗上去。前后换了三家，可都没有效果。絕望之際，我也去見了手術大夫。據那位當地小有名氣的骨科大夫說，像我這種情況只能開刀。他提供了兩種手術方案 —— 一種叫做Spine Fusion大刀 (融合手術），另一種叫Discectomy的小刀（椎間盤切除術——意思就是把突出的脊椎骨削掉）。我聽了他的建議後，上網查了些資料，看了些文章，覺得做Fusion手術風險比較大，所以就決定不會動這個大刀；但對後者，我還是頗有些動心的。那位醫生得知我的想法後，對我說，就算我目前只考慮椎間盤切 除術，但今後還是會需要做大手術的。為此，我一直很糾結。
直到我2014年夏天在朋友家的聚會上遇到羅蘭。她給我介紹了拍打拉筋，並讓我在並排起來的凳子上靠牆拉了五分鐘。拉腿的當時痛是很痛，可是下凳後我的后腰背感覺輕鬆了許多。所以那天回家後，我便如法炮製，開始在家練習拉筋。每條腿先從10分鐘開始，然後延長到20分鐘、乃至30分鐘。沒有拉筋凳的期間，我用三把椅子靠牆練習；後來我去家具店買了張床頭長凳，叫朋友墊高並做了靠腿的立 杆，還買了些沙袋和綁帶，按羅蘭指導的方法去拉筋。2014年9月我報名參加了蕭老師在賓州哈里斯堡辦的講座，並買了本《拍打拉筋手冊》。因自己拉筋療效明顯，我逢人便講拉筋的奇效，並常把書借給朋友們閱讀，跟他們介紹這種自愈法。現在我每天早晚兩次，每次拉一個小時。自去年夏天以來，我由衷地體會到拉筋 對改善我的腰背疼痛的明顯效果，這是先前所有療法、和鍛煉方法不可比擬的。而且，我的睡眠也因此有所改善。現在我要是一天不拉，背就會感覺不舒服。所以， 拉筋成了我每天必做的功課。補充說一下，我2010年練過瑜伽，也跳過Zumba舞。雖說每次運動後渾身很舒服，可後來因為腰背疼痛得厲害，無法再去運動了，只好作罷。現在我的腰背不疼了，打算近日重返瑜伽課和Zumba課。
去年夏天我在朋友家遇到 高大姐時，看着身材瘦弱的她隨身抱著個小枕頭墊背，輕聲細語間神情黯淡，得知因為這個病痛不得不提前退休後，不覺心生憐憫，便向她傳授拍打拉筋自愈法。她 非常謹慎，沒有試拍打，卻嘗試了下拉筋，並表示如果我能醫好她的病痛，她一定會感激不盡的。記得我當時笑著回答她說，“真要有那麼靈，不用謝我。要謝還得謝你自己，因為我不是醫生，你才是你自己最好的醫生。用這套自愈法，可以調動你身體的潛能，改善體制，打通經絡，通了也就不痛了，我只不過是個引路人而已。”
很多人聽說拍打拉筋，或許一笑了之，或許小試幾下，一般不會那麼當真。所以儘管那次聚會後我和高大姐通過幾次電子郵件，並邀請她參加了蕭老師的講座以及我們 週五晚上的拍拉聚會，但她平時做的效果到底如何我是沒有太多信心的。因為畢竟成事在她，不在我。去年年底，我從其她朋友處得知她逢人便說拉筋的好處，而她 也發來郵件言辭誠懇地表示謝意。沒想到，她真的做到了。感動之餘，我忙給她回信說：應該是我謝謝您才對。自愈法的奇妙我是深信不疑的，但再好的方法如果不 加以實踐還是廢話一通。現在總算有了這麼一個鮮活的生活實例，我能不激動和感激嗎？徵得高大姐本人同意，今日下午她來我家口述病歷及自愈經歷。一進門，她 就請跟我說，她有個大學的要好同學，幾個月前從國內來美在她家小住了幾日。因為那個同學也有類似的腰背疼痛的毛病，她便毫不猶豫地向她介紹拉筋方法。她的 同學不僅從頭到尾看了拍打拉筋手冊，而且也試用了她家的拉筋凳。回國後，也照著這個方法拉筋，但不知怎的，效果就不如她那麼明顯。她周圍的其他幾個朋友在 聽了她的介紹後嘗試拉筋，也有類似的反映。所以高大姐進門就請教我為什麼別人拉筋的效果就不如她？是不是拉筋就最適合她的這種病歷？
我思考片刻，便問她的同學平時還做什麼運動。高大姐不加思索地回答，“她每天都游泳。”“嗨，問題可能就出在這游泳上。” “為什麼呢？” 見她一臉疑惑，我便把蕭老師在二日體驗營的時候一段解釋為何有些人不適合游泳的視頻放給她看。一邊放，我一邊解釋道：游泳本身是項非常好的運動項目。但對 於那些上了年紀、陽氣不足的人來說（尤其女人），游泳就不適合了。因為水溫太低，哪怕是室內的游泳池，下水時人都會哆嗦。這期間其實就是用自己的體溫去中 和較低的水溫。什麼時候不覺得冷了，也就表示體溫已經降至到了水的那個溫。雖然運動產生體能，促進血液循環，但對於一個上了年紀、本身體能就不足的人來 講，每天反复地給身體這麼降溫，根據熱脹冷縮的原理，經絡能不堵塞嗎？你的同學就算每天堅持拉筋通經絡，而她所做的功效一經游泳便被抵消了，沒有效果是可想而知的。
高大姐聞聽此言，立即激動地說：對了，我想起來了。我有個朋友會針灸，我在她那兒扎過幾次針灸，雖然效果不太明顯，但當時還是比較舒服的。她的先生會正骨， 給我掰過幾次背，聲音聽起來很嚇人，我不敢多做。他曾建議我去游泳鍛煉背部，還反复強調水溫不能低於86度。我去了好幾家YMCA，發現最高水溫是83 度。我下水嘗試了一下，太冷，就沒有游泳。你這麼一提，我覺得還真有道理。
看她若有所思的樣子，我便就她的問題反過來問她：你覺得是什麼讓你做得這麼有成效呢？她笑著回答說：堅持。因為我嚐到了拉筋的甜頭，所以每天都堅持拉筋，早已把拉筋視為生活的一部分；還有，我現在退休了，比那些上班族 空餘時間多，沒有借口不拉。我附和道：是啊，關鍵就是“貴在堅持”。很少有人像你這樣一絲不苟地去做，所以像你這種自愈效果就不多見。剛開始嘗試，如果效 果不明顯，能堅持下去的人就更不多了。我覺得你的同學說和你一樣拉筋，但她不會像你這麼自信，在信心不足的情況下，便不大可能每天都認真地拉筋，加上她每 日游泳給自己人為地降溫，拉筋效果當然也就不會明顯了，效果不明顯，對此套方法也就將信將疑了。再說，人體的疾病很多是日積月累的，要想靠某法神奇般地立 竿見影，那實在是奢望。本著實事求是的態度，也需要有耐心一點一點將病根像抽絲一樣抽去。網上曾有人批評蕭老師的“拍打拉筋治百病”之說，蕭老師回應道 “拍打拉筋豈止治百病，可治千病、萬病。” 疾病本是綜合症，這套自愈法不會只對你有效，而對別人無效。關鍵還要看怎麼做，以及做的人是否有此誠意。如若心有抵觸，效果自然會打折扣。所以呢，您和拉 筋自愈法非常有緣。
(Narrated by Jannie, edited by Lan, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The long history of my back pain goes back to my twenties when I used to lift heavy items. The pain increased after I committed myself more in the yard work in our new home about ten years ago. On those weekends I would work on my knees long time until my back killed me. To ease the sharp pain and to be able to back to my feet again at the job site on Mondays, I started to massively take Ibuprofen pills, which was pretty effective in 2-3 days. I was able to continue the work and life routines until September of 2013, when the situation was completely out of my hand. From then, I have been forced to be on a long journey for a cure, and I felt very lucky to come across the self-healing methods.
I remember that day vividly when I was suddenly strike by an acute back pain. Hoping the pain could be taken care as usual, I swallowed some painkiller pills. Five days later, the sharp pains were still there, and on top of that, my stomach was quite upset due to the drugs that I was taking. Desperately, I turned to my family doctor for help. The doctor did nothing but subscribing some meds for me to decrease the inflammation and ease the pain. I took them for 12 days, nothing magical happened. So I had to take more subscribed pain-killer pills. As a result, my stomach pain worsened, so a new medication was added to calm my stomach. I am type of the person who is cautious on many little things. For example, I always read the description on the drug bottles to learn about the side effects before taking the drug. Therefore, I was very nervous when I learned that taking that kind of pain-killer pills might cause constipations. I called the pharmacy immediately and explained to them that I usually had trouble in the bowel movement, asked them to find a counter measurement for me. As you can imagine, I was taking the pain-killer pills for my back, pain-killer pills for my stomach and pills to evacuate my bowel movements at the same time. Later on, per my doctor’s order, I went through X-Rays and NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance), which showed that No. 3, 4 and 5 lumbar vertebra, especially the 5th vertebra herniation oppressed the nerve roots on my left leg. No wonder I also suffered from the pain on my left leg at the same time.
Followed by the required procedures, I first started the physical therapy – it was useless; then I went to a pain management clinic for a closed needle shot in my backbones on October 2013. It took the pains away right away, but the good days only lasted for over two weeks and I continued to feel the pains. Because the first shot did lessen the pain to a lower degree, I was hoping to live a normal life by keeping up the shots. However, the 2ndclosed needle in a month and the 3rd needle in four months declared that the treatment was hopeless. So I stopped receiving the shots, went back to the physical therapy for another try. I switched three different PT clinics ever since, but all the efforts went in vain. Finally I went to see a local well-known orthopedic surgeon as my last straw. He offered two surgical plans – Spine Fusion (big operation) and Discectomy (small operation). I did some online researches based on what he recommended. I felt that it would be too risky to have the fusion surgery, therefore I was more leaning towards having the Discectomy. But I was deeply troubled by what the doctor said to me, that I would have to eventually take the spine fusion no matter what because the small operation wouldn’t solve the pain problem completely.
While the doctor was waiting for my final decision, I met Lan at a friend’s house party. She introduced Paida and Lajin methods to me, demonstrated how to stretch legs in a reclined position by lining up two chairs against the wall. I tried the Lajin for 5 minutes on each leg. It was extremely painful, but my back felt instant relief after I got off the chairs. On the very same night after I got back home, I tried the stretching in the same way, thus started my Lajin experience. I started to stretch each leg for 10 minutes, then prolonged to 20 minutes, and 30 minutes. Before I had my own Lajin bench made, I used three chairs. Later, I bought a long bed bench, and asked my friend to add the height and a pole to make my own Lajin bench. I also purchased the ankle weights for better results. On September 2014, when Master Xiao came to Harrisburg for the first time, I attended his seminar and purchased the Paida Lajin Handbook. Because of the effectiveness of Lajin exercise, I became a broadcaster of Lajin voluntarily. I introduce the self-healing methods whenever I can by letting people borrow the handbook and telling them my own stories. Nowadays, I stretch twice a day, one hour each time. Since last summer, I have felt the great improvement in the back pain management by doing the lajin exercise daily. The result is unbelievable, much better than any treatments or exercises that I have tried before. In addition, Lajin helped me with my sleep. It becomes one part of my life, a routine that I can’t miss. By the way, I tried Yoga and Zumba dance in 2010. Although it was comfortable after each exercise, I had to quit the both activities due to the severe back pain. Now that the pain is no longer bothering me, I am planning to go back to the Yoga lessons and Zumba dance.
My Supplementary –
I met Jennie at a friend’s party last summer. Her bony figure and tiny weak voice reminded me that she might have some health issues. Seeing her carrying a little pillow wherever she went to support her back, a feeling of sympathy arose strongly inside me, especially after I heard that she took an early retirement because of the back pain a few years ago. I mentioned Paida Lajin self-healing methods to her. She was very careful, didn’t try the paida, but tried Lajin (stretching). While we were doing our Lajin experiment, Jennie told me that she would be very grateful if I cure her back pain. Her words made me feel good, so I laughed and said, “Don’t thank me. If you do want to thank someone, then thank yourself, because you are your own best doctor. By using this self-healing method, you can activate the potentials in your body, improve your psychic constitution. Once the blocked meridians are smooth, pains will disappear. I am only the person to point a path to you.”
Since I have met many people either laughed away, or did minimum attempts to give me a face when I introduced Paida Lajin self-healing methods to them, I didn’t expect anything different from Jennie after that party. We traded a few emails afterwards, and I even invited her to Master Xiao’s seminar and our Friday night’s Paida home gatherings, but I wasn’t confident at all that she would make any major difference because I didn’t know how seriously she would practice at home every day. Until the end of last year (2014), words traveled to my ears that she was telling many people about her success in stretching. Around the same time, I received a thank-you email from her. I was thrilled to know that she saved herself by believing in this method. I was so touched by her persistence that I wrote her back saying that the gratitude was mine because she had proved that Lajin self-healing was not a joke. People will believe in her story more than my words. So I asked her permission to write a blog story about her. She agreed, came to my house and told me about the stories of fighting the back pains and how Lajin relieved her and gave back her normal life.
This afternoon as soon as she entered the house, she told me that her best friend in the college came to visit her in USA a few months ago. The couple stayed with her for several days. After she learned that her classmate had the similar back pain, Jennie introduced Lajin exercise to her without any hesitations. Her friend read the entire Paida Lajin Handbook, also tried the Lajin bench while she was in America. After she got back to China, she tried the same stretching method, but saw little improvement. Looking at me quite puzzled, Jennie carefully asked me, “Is it possible that Lajin works better on me, but not others? Because I also taught other friends to do the same stretching, but none of them have the same result as I do.”
I didn’t respond her question immediately. After a few seconds, I asked Jennie what kind of sports her friend usually does. Without any thinking, she told me, “She swims every day.” “That’s the problem.” I confirmed. “Why? I don’t understand, swimming is supposed to be beneficial to our health, isn’t it?” For an easy answer, I played the video clip that was recorded during our last year’s Paida Lajin workshop. In the video (https://youtu.be/d1p66q7LNm4), Master Xiao explained that none of the sports items can one size fits all, so does the swimming. It is not a suitable exercise for some people, for example, the elders, and people who are lack of Yang Qi (especially women). The water temperature in the pool (even indoor’s) is much lower than our human body’s temperature. This is why our bodies shiver when getting in the water because there is an exchange of the heat. By the time when we no longer feel the water is cold, it means our body temperature has been lowered down to the level of the pool water temperature. Although the swimming exercise increases the blood circulation, generates the energy, to an elder or a person who is already lack of Yang energy, it can be a disaster to lose the body heat every day. Based on the theory of thermal expansion and contraction, our meridians contract every time when the normal temperature is lowered. After repeatedly doing so, wouldn’t meridians start to be clogged? This explains why your friend hasn’t seen any effectiveness in her lajin experience.
You should see how her face lit up as soon as I finished my comments, “That’s right. Now I remembered. I have a friend who knows acupuncture. I went to her for a few treatments. But the results were not obvious except feeling better at the moment. Her husband knows how to do the bone-setting. He did on my back a few times. I was terrified with the nasty sounds that came out of my body, so I didn’t dare to try more bone-setting. He once suggested I go to swimming to strengthen my back, but he made it very clear that the water temperature should no less than 86 degree. I went to several YMCA, tested the water temperature, but found out that none of them met the requirement (the highest temperature is 83 degree). I even wet my feet by stepping into the water, it was too cold. So I didn’t try the swimming. I found what you and Master Xiao said are very reasonable.”
She went quiet for a while, seemed to be lost in her own thoughts. I asked her the same question that she asked me early today. “Why do you think that you have the success in Lajin?” “Persistence,” she smiled at me, “because I have tasted the sweetness of the stretching. I didn’t let the idea go but have practiced it every day. Lajin has become one part of my life. Besides, I am retired now, have more free time than those “work ants”. I don’t have any excuses not to Lajin.” I echoed to what she said, “That’s right. Perseverance absolutely makes the difference. Few people are as serious as you are when practicing the self-healing methods. Many people expect a quick fix, forgot that the healing process takes time just like how we developed illnesses over the years’ of abuse of our own bodies and/or living in a unhealthy life style. Some people give up easily because they take few actions or have little patience, instead, they dream too much. The self-healing methods were not invented by someone for any specific type of diseases. People have practiced them over thousands of years. We owe many thanks to people like Master Xiao who are promoting the self-healing around the world. Remember that all diseases are compound diseases. Self-Healing methods are green and humane when treating our bodies holistically with sincerity. When someone holds a hostile attitude toward the self-healing, the methods won’t be effective. Now you see, you were brought together with the methods.”