'Not particularly a hearing impaired/deaf/Deaf issue, there is a link here that might make sense to alot of deaf folks. I hope.
I live mainly in a hearing world. My kids are all hearing, as is my DH. I have an "affliction" that many of you may or may not recognize: A sore neck!
Even if you only speak ASL and nothing else, you STILL have to move your head! Our upper mechanicism is in constant motion, our heads swiveling in all directions, almost 24/7. You feel a vibration, great, but your head and neck swivel to find where it come from. Your friend, (deaf or hearing!) taps you on the shoulder, inviting communication. Another head/neck workout. Lights flashing or blinking? No matter if it is a planned event, due to your purchased system that let's you know if and when your phone, doorbell, baby is making a racket. You still have to turn your head! 'While your poor neck takes the beating. ~~Sigh ~~ !
We all are aware of the "busy neck syndrome". :(
So I decided to do something about the pain. They tell me nowdays that there is "No Excuse" for putting up with pain. All the magazines tell you that! Medical Miracles, right? So off I went to a local massage therapist, after a kindly friend called and made me an appointment.
My first impression that there was "nothing in writing". The gal, (who was nice enough), keyed me in to signals to let her know if she was "hitting me too hard". "Less or more", right? She was aware of my right knee replacement and that I was deaf, that's about it. I also informed her that this was my first massage therapy EVER, and that this year, I will be 75 years old! Not even a blink out of her! "Wow, 75, never would have guessed it". And so on. (Always good for a tip later).
After I was laid out to rest on the table like fresh meat, she was kind enough to kneel so that we could communicate without much problem. Our signals were, "a little bit" and "more". Simple enough. Keep in mind that your face is buried the whole time into a stirrup (for your face, not for your legs).
Okay, this was an HOUR LONG EVENT. I am no chicken, so I went for broke! My tolerance for pain is very, very good, so I was meek and accepting. 'Only once did I call a halt, when my right arm when completely numb!
Ahhh, well, that was quite a workout!! My husband was upset the next day because my back was entirely black and blue. I remained in bed until almost NOON, to make sure that everything "still worked". I had hot pads, cold pads, and Robaxin to relax my muscles.
That was 3 days ago. Today I can happily share with you that I am "almost" back to "normal "(whatever that is), and that I can swivel my neck without intense pain. I am still black and blue,but thinking positive and looking forward to the day when I will have "follow up" massage therapy!
This ain't for wimps!