What follows is long, so for those who are only interested in the essential points, here’s a brief synopsis:
Condition: Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis
Approach: Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis Custom Combo: 120, 300, 12710, 50000, 150000,358570, 479500, 527000, 662710, 749000, 986220, 20, 727, 787, 880, 5000, 2008
Result: Symptoms reduced to an occasional 0.5 on a 10 point pain scale.
Now, for those interested in the big picture…
This is my first post since joining the forum, so thank you for the forum and the interesting reading! I’d like to share a positive experience I’ve had treating myself for Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis. This is often commonly and mistakenly referred to as “shin splints”, though strictly speaking it is a distinct condition. The misnomer has become so commonplace however, that I’ve even seen it referred to as “a type of shin splints” by physicians and physical therapists.
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Context: I am 46 and gratefully enjoy generally good health. I am a regular, though light runner. My pre-injury norm was 2 miles or a bit more each day typically. Early last fall, I developed the condition, and though I tried to grit my teeth and push through the discomfort, it finally got to the point where it was quite painful to merely walk, not to mention run. I’ve read that in most cases the condition typically effects only one leg, and in my case it was the right leg. I was hobbled, and had a pronounced limp and the interior edge of the shin was extremely sensitive. An inadvertent bump to the area can trigger breath taking pain. It has been well established that continuing to aggravate the injury can result in a stress fracture.
Suffice to say I had to take a break from running. I tried taking a couple weeks off, but the first time out after the short break, I knew it was too soon immediately. After a couple of false starts in that way, and the condition only getting worse, I finally took the better part of 3 months off. All pain and sensitivity were finally gone by the end of this period.
Engaging with Spooky2
I came across Spooky in the course of doing some investigations of radionics… an old, simmering interest of mine. I was just following a trail of internet links on broadly related topics down the proverbial rabbit hole. It become clear pretty quickly that this was something special on a few different levels. Besides the integrity I feel surrounds this endeavor, the remote option really caught my interest. When I got my Spooky2, it didn’t even occur to me that I should utilize it for the “shin splint” situation. I didn’t have a particular acute need or motivating health crisis when I got the device, but the interesting frequency options for non-pathogen circumstances were tantalizing in their own right and if all worked as intended, then obviously this is a great tool to have on hand since you never know what may come up over the long term, whether for myself or family and friends, pets, plants, etc.
But I digress… as I say, just prior to getting Spooky, I had reached the end of my 3 month recuperation period and had begun to ease back into running. The first few days back were discouraging. Not only because my endurance had suffered a set back due to so much time off, but also because I could feel the sensitivity in the shin returning by the second day. The pain seemed like it was on a slow but steady creep back into my life. The sensitivity increased daily. “Wow, am I done as a runner?”, I wondered to myself. It seemed like that could be the case. Bummer!
At that point it occurred to me to try Spooky2. I was concerned about a possible bone fracture, and I tried the following frequency sets:
Bone Fractures (XTRA), Bone Trauma (CAFL) Bone Tauma 2 (XTRA), Bone Stimulate Healing (XTRA), Fractures Healing (CAFL)
My reasoning was that since the pain was returning, maybe I had indeed suffered a stress fracture that I was not allowing to heal. I thought the 3 months off probably would have addressed that for the most part if so, but none the less the discomfort was creeping back. I tried running variations of these Bone frequencies. I didn’t find any clearly discernible benefit from that however.
Hm. So I started trying to think of other frequencies that might help and to that end started researching the condition on line. That’s when I found the information about the condition actually being Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis (here after: TPT). This sudden discovery of info was interesting because I had done quite a lot of searching on line for a remedy for this situation and had somehow never come across these insights on the tibialis posterior tendon connection, as opposed to standard shin splints. Suddenly I felt that I was out of the dark and had some good information, as what I was reading precisely “checked all the boxes” in terms of the description of my symptoms and experience.
Then I searched Spooky’s database for Tendon and ligament frequencies. Happily… there were a number to choose from. So, I loaded a few of them up and set up a simple square wave with more or less default specifications and let it roll with the bio north remote. Shortly after starting the frequencies I noticed an interesting sensation in my calf. It felt like I was wearing a tight compression sock (which sometimes I do, as it is a recommended protocol for shin splints). I was not wearing it at the time however. None the less the sensation was unmistakable. My sense was that it was the posterior tibial tendon and the soleus muscle reacting to the frequencies.
It wasn’t the first time I’d felt a physical sensation while using a remote, but you know how it is… though we trust in the theory, it’s always a reassurance if not a bit of a thrill to get some tangible sensations. I leaned over to see what frequency Spooky was on at the time and noted it was one of those from the tendon set ( I still had general pain, ligament and other frequencies queued in for the trial). I will add that at present, I no longer get any sensation generally speaking while running these tendon sets.
Methods over the next several days I managed to dial it in to what I feel is a pretty effective protocol for my condition. This is my custom set:
Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis Combo: 120, 300, 12710, 50000, 150000,358570, 479500, 527000, 662710, 749000, 986220, 20, 727, 787, 880, 5000, 2008
This frequency set is 52 minutes at Dwell:1. I run some form of the set at least 2 to 3 times each day on average. Sometimes more. I always use the boost cable and check the Inverse & Synch box. At least 95% of the time I use the Bio North Remote. From time to time I use tens pads in contact. When using the remote, early on I was keeping dwell at .33 or .66 or some similar fractional dwell, but recently I’ve been doing a full “1” dwell. I have just the one XM so, depending on what else I want to run, I will let shorter dwells suffice at times. I usually run 15 or 18 amp in remote.
I’ve tried various wave forms, but have settled on square waves as my usual wave for for this combination. Default settings will suffice I feel, but I have tried variations and now I’m in the habit of running a high Duty. I imagine getting more “spooky juice” that way, though honestly, I don’t discern much difference over default 50 Duty.
** Please note that my “recipe” is nothing more than a combination of Spooky Database’s extant frequencies. I mention this for my fellow newbs, and remind them that Spooky’s software allows us to save the useful custom combinations, as I’ve done here. This is extremely handy!
I feel that it is the Spooky “tendinopathy (KHZ)” and “tendon repair (XTRA)” frequency presets that are at the heart of my recovery. They were all I used in the initial stage and there was clear benefit. However I eventually added “Fascia 2” and “Plantaris” sets to my “TPT recipe”. For those with a very bad case of TPT that has gone too far, you might want to add one or more of the bone fracture sets. As I say however, in my case… the tendon sets seem to be the key, and that is precisely what one would expect having understood something of the physiological mechanics of the injury. Also note, that though the user guide recommends 100% offset on KHZ frequencies… I seem to have benefitted even when I don’t. I would welcome feedback on that point from those of you with more expertise.
On a related note, I would also like to specifically mention “plantar fascilitis”, because it is similar in some ways to TPT, and my feeling is that people suffering from that condition could likely benefit from this same combination of frequencies. I wanted to explicitly mention it though, so if someone is searching the forum, this thread will turn up and maybe be useful.
I’ve been using the above outlined approach for just a month. Beginning with a core of the tendon sets, it evolved to include fascia and plantaris sets. I felt benefit within a couple days of beginning to run the custom set, and really by the 2 week point, my TPT seemed well under control. I am using Spooky to manage the condition. I’m trying not to push it and lose the gains I’ve made. To that end, I take every 3rd day off usually. So that in a 7 day period there are 2 off days. I still do get a very slight sensitivity at times on the inner shin, especially if I start to go too long on distance, or cut into recovery time. However, I feel like the recovery after each run and certainly on the off day is fast now… I bounce back quickly and the sensitivity is minor and quickly fades away. Prior to Spooky, my condition tended to deteriorate continually, the decline seeming to compound with every run.
The initial results came so quick when I finally tuned into the helpful frequencies! It was tempting to post about it here on the forum in the first few days, but I reigned it in, and decided I needed to make sure that it wasn’t a fluke. I believe instantaneous healing is possible, but I think the more typical scenario is that these things take some time. The conditions and imbalances we face were typically generated over months or years, in most cases, so I think it’s a little unrealistic to expect Spooky to entirely fix it over night. That said, I can’t complain about the pace of improvement. It was fast by any standards.
My point is that we all stand to benefit by a reasoned approach to Spooky outcomes, I appreciate a studied approach that is as objective as possible (since describing relative levels of pain and discomfort can only be subjective), supported by as much precise information as possible about all relevant circumstances. It’s better to be sure that something is effective, than to jump the gun with exuberant claims that later show themselves to have been premature and little more than wishful thinking. I’m afraid I was a bit sloppy in logging every detail of how I conducted these experiments early on, in terms of how many times exactly I ran the treatments, what the settings were, and the duration of the treatments. Also… coming forward at the one month mark is probably not a clinical standard for sharing results. LOL! But none the less, here I am. It did, at some point, occur to me that I needed to be a little more diligent and now I try to log every experiment in a log book, dating it, describing the frequencies and settings, etc.
All that said, I am confident now, given the regularity and distance of my daily run, the lack of discomfort and knowing well that this would have not been possible in the very recent past… that yes, I have greatly benefitted. There is no denying it. The short term window of placebo effect or wishful/positive thinking as the basis for the improvement has passed. The condition may not be entirely gone, but it’s well under control. Unless there is a frequency for flat feet (haven’t seen that one yet )… I’m not sure that the condition will ever go away entirely, as fallen / low arches are a factor that precipitates the TPT.
I’d also like to mention for the sake of clarity and disclosing all potentially relevant factors, that I also started taking a supplement called Astaxanthin during this same period of treatment. I initially began taking it for it’s purported benefit for vision, but it is also said to support tendons and joints among other benefits. So it’s possible and indeed intended to be a contributing factor to my recovery from TPT. I think this point bears mentioning, both so we have a better picture of all factors involved in my “case study”, and also… the supplement may be worth looking into for others who face this particular health challenge.
I’ve also been very conscious of staying well hydrated since I started using Spooky. I think this is probably another supporting factor as hydration is often cited as contributing to physical durability and recovery. You could call this an integral approach: Spooky2 + a tendon supporting supplement + increased hydration. In my opinion Spooky is leading the charge here however.
In closing, I’d like to thank the community again for the great resource that is this forum, and in particular John White for your amazing software, engineering and general brilliance with the whole Spooky endeavor, Echo for the exceptional hardware and excellent service, and David Bourke for your truly saintly patience with all of us who are only beginning to get a grip on all this. I really appreciate your willingness to explain this in terms that we can grasp even if we struggle to crunch harmonic calculations in our head on the fly or only have the most remedial understanding of wave forms etc. I think many of us beginners suffer from a latent anxiety that we may cancel out our intended frequencies by fumbling a reversed connection to the wrong outlet or set up our software in a way that causes our outputs to annul each other and we’ll end up leaving the machine running for hours with self defeating settings! So again, your patience, and efforts here and with the excellent user guide, David, as well as the many other experienced members who share their experience on the forum for that matter, are sincerely appreciated.
Suffice to say, I’m grateful to have discovered Spooky and its related resources.