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A healing touch

Paul E. Anna

It is important and necessary to, now and then, take off one’s hat to a laudable member of the community, and one local Irish lassie, by way of Iowa, invokes the urge to reach for the ol’ fedora … or beanie … or whatever people are putting up there these days.First, let’s set the stage like an old nesting box it unfolds. Drive down the Woody Creek road (slowly!), and take in the colors and animals (that’s the first box), then (opening the next box) see the Woody Creek community with the darling post office, fire station, tavern and the Woody Creek Store. Go into the store (third box, isn’t this fun?) get a latte, go upstairs and Eureka! There you’ll find Peg O’Brien, physical therapist, in her cozy office with the bamboo drop curtain, therapy table, an old desk, books, and often, Bucky, her pup.Physical therapy may conjure up images in one’s mind of serious athletes in large expensive rooms doing “serious” healing on strange contraptions. Not that this is negative, but Peg O’Brien doesn’t fit into that picture. While Peg may indeed offer standard diagnosis and treatments, such as thera band and ball exercises, icing, massage, and rest, she also utilizes cranio-sacral mobilization (a therapy technique which promotes relaxation and sends the body into a healing mode as it allows for correct postural alignment), lends out informative books, encourages awareness of daily activities and diet, and inspires introspection while genuinely caring about a patient’s progress. One of Peg’s patients, who said she had in the past been more comfortable ignoring and resenting an injury, began therapy with Peg after a car accident had torn muscles in her wrist. She learned a great many things. Firstly, that physical therapy does not mean that healing should exclude mental, emotional and spiritual rejuvenation as well as physical. She also felt that Peg empowered her as a patient to take her healing into her own hands and to allow herself to heal while consistently supporting and encouraging throughout the process. Any kind of therapy requires trust and confidence in the therapist, and many people who have embarked on a journey of healing have discovered in the littlest nesting box of Woody Creek, a healer the valley is so lucky to have. Funny what you find in the most unassuming places. Hats off to Ms. O’Brien.(Peg can be found in the Woody Creek Store where she offers personal consultations and teaches a body balance class. Her phone number is 923-9666.)

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