The Problem with Medical Imaging

by Dr. Victoria Welch

“Based on the MRI, my surgeon said I need surgery.” This is a sentence I have heard countless times over many years in practice. I would love to share some opinions and observations I have regarding this sentence and diagnostic imaging in general.

Sometimes surgery is necessary. There’s no amount of neurological manual therapy, massage, nutrition, adjusting, or energetic awareness that can put a broken femur back together. However, situations like this are the exception, not the rule. The image below shows a number of common findings that often result in a patient “going under the knife.” The statistics listed here are “incidental” findings, meaning the person was experiencing NO symptoms of discomfort. (For example, 87% of people over 20 years old have a bulging disc but no pain.) And yet, when these findings are accompanied by discomfort, the abnormalities in the imagining are immediately assumed to be the cause. So if a bulge or tear is seen in the imaging, but many people with similar imaging are not in pain, then why assume your bulge or tear is causing the pain you’re experiencing?

Let’s think about pain for a minute. There are several series of neurologic inputs that can be interpreted by the brain as “pain.” Many things can feed in to this “pain” input: physical changes in the body, aberrant nerve signaling, emotions, nutrition, attitude, etc. Pain is not an exact equation, and therefore does not “have” to be present in all situations, even if there are changes evident on imaging. This is fantastic news! The following are a few examples of what I’ve seen over the years:

Example one: Two men entered within a week of each other with nearly identical low back injuries. Both acquired the injury during the warm up set of deadlifts, both with pain and numbness down the leg, both fit and in their mid 40s. The MRIs revealed moderate disc herniation at L5/S1. There was one stark contrast between these two men. One man was happy, the other pictured himself as a victim. The first improved substantially within 8 weeks. The second had no improvement with conservative care, surgery, still no improvement after surgery, and remained angry and victimized the whole time. These men were on two very different journeys and had two very different experiences, despite having similar imaging. I know they each had the experience they needed. However, it is interesting to ponder the influence of the mind on the body and the not-so-definitive findings of diagnostic imaging.

Example two: I have had three individuals enter my office within the last year with hip replacement surgery already scheduled. All three had findings of arthritis on their MRI and had pain for several years. Using neurological manual therapy, some nutritional shifts, and improving energetic awareness, all three have been virtually pain free for greater than 9 months. The arthritis is still present, but the brain is no longer interpreting pain within the body. All three cancelled their surgery. Again, imaging still showed the same abnormalities, but the individuals were no longer in pain.

The work we do at DPPS is geared toward not only reducing this electrical signaling of pain to the brain, but also addressing the body and mind as a whole. We are complex, unique beings, and trying to define our experience in our bodies just by looking at an x-ray or MRI can be misleading. Luckily, we don’t work with the MRI, we work with client, listening to what your body is asking for and helping create positive change you can feel.


There comes a time when we must choose between rage and bitterness and being wild again.

There comes a time for us to look at all of the little and big deaths we have experienced in our lives. Women have died a thousand deaths before they turn 20, and of course this is all a part of becoming awake and aware and growing up.

That time we lost our virginity and it felt empty.

The times we were beaten and bruised, just for speaking.

The time our coach told us we weren’t good enough.

The time we caught our husband cheating.

The babies we lost.

The babies we wanted and couldn’t have.

The loss of our mothers and sisters.

The sting of our first female betrayal.

All of the times we hurt our bodies with food and exercise and other substances.

We must allow ourselves to make descansos to all of these broken hearted moments, mourn them, and celebrate how they have forged our inner beauty and strength.

I have spent the last year and a half doing descansos, and I can tell you there is no more powerful and liberating thing we can do for ourselves.

(And each descanso can be healed many ways, but many of our clients choose Cellular Release Therapy®)

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“Forgiveness comes at the end of a process, not at the beginning. In order to forgive yourself or another person, three obstacles must be overcome. Let’s call them the three dragons of judgment, anger, and blame.”

Forgiveness comes when we abandon the blame of others and of ourselves for some event, interaction, experience. This process of forgiving sometimes takes years. Sometimes it doesn’t happen at all, and we carry this hurt throughout our lives, allowing the blame to be like a poison in our bodies, minds, hearts, and energy systems.

It would be really great if we could just “get over it” and be able to forgive, but unfortunately it’s not that easy, because forgiving is not a process that involves only the conscious mind. This is a process that also involves the subconscious mind, and the subconscious can be holding onto blame, judgement, and anger as a protection.

The way we move forward into forgiveness is by releasing the trauma. Clearing away whatever experiences we blame others or ourselves for, clearing away the blame, and the need to blame. By doing so, we free ourselves to look back on the events that had resulted in so much pain, and see them with new eyes, as just a part of our story.

This article I thought was really fantastic at describing the process of forgiveness. Cellular Release Therapy® is the tool I have used to help people release the trauma and blame so that forgiveness can be possible.

If you are interested in Cellular Release Therapy®, please reach out to us via email or call (617)233-5837.

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Grief and Loss

I have seen this kind of grieving process present in many types of loss, such as the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or income, a major rejection of some kind, the end of a relationship or divorce, drug addiction, the onset of a disease, and even minor losses. The grieving process can be greatly accelerated with therapy, and especially so with Cellular Release Therapy®.

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P-DTR® vs. CRT®- how do we choose what to use?

At DPPS, our therapists have training in many modalities, and we like to use all of our tools with every client, as appropriate. Our bodywork techniques, which include P-DTR®, Integrated Cranials (a type of Craniosacral Therapy), and massage, all are capable of facilitating emotional releases of various depths. P-DTR® in particular is very good at honing in on certain traumatic memories or thoughts, and showing directly how these affect the physical body via muscle testing and the client’s report of an increase or decrease in symptoms.

Oftentimes a client comes in with a physical complaint, and through exploration and testing, we may land on some trauma that is still affecting the physical body. It can be an incredibly enlightening experience for the client to recognize the contributions of past wounds. After we discover this, together with the client, we can do treat it with P-DTR® and have exceptional changes in the physical body, and people often report feeling lighter, more energetic, and sleeping much better.

At times, there is more trauma than we could easily tackle with P-DTR®, and a better option for treating these patterns is to dive into the deeper emotional clearing work that we do called CRT®. Also, many of our clients come to us because they are on a path of deep healing and are more than happy to supplement their bodywork with emotional trauma clearing, even if the emotional corrections done in the bodywork seem to have sufficed for the time being.

No matter what we do with our clients, we are always meeting them wherever they are at on the day, with highest respect for their healing and soul journey.