So, several months ago, I did something to my back and I am not sure exactly what I did, but regardless of how much I slowed downed at the gym, my back stayed weak and irritated. Finally, one day when I was reaching into the dryer and my back seized, I decided I had enough. I had enough of not being able to sit without pain, enough of not being able to lift at the gym, enough of having to walk with very rigid posture. I had enough.
The next day I started researching stretches to open my back – it helped some, but not enough. So I figured that I would try a chiropractor to see if they could help me out. Something to note about this I have always been very anti-chiropractor – how can it be good to have someone jerking your bones around especially close to you spine? I mean really, how is this a good idea?!
But I was desperate, and was willing to give it a try. I solicited recommendations from friend’s, co-workers, and family members that have a tried a chiropractor started calling and looking for an appointment with the first person that could fit me in. So I made my appointment and went in about a week and a half later.
I really had no idea what to expect. For those of you like me, here is how it went like me for me – we did some sort of assesment, took x-rays and then the doctor that did the assessment and others in the practice regrouped to see if they could help. They felt like the could help me, so I came in about a week later for my first adjustment. I laid on a moving table aimed at opening up my low back and reliving pressure, they then contorted my back while I as in various positions it felt weird, but not bad. But then it came to the adjusting my neck – and honestly, I had a hard time relaxing enough for that to really work – ended up with more sore muscles than I started with. The treatment ended up with stem treatment to loosen tight muscles (which I have plenty of!).
How did I like it? My back felt better afterwards and is still feeling better, which I am glad of, but it is still not back to normal aka back to how it was pre-injury and I have been going consistently for almost 2 months now. I will be really really glad when I get back to doing things without having to worry about potential pain or injury. I am getting impatient with how long it is taking, but I am told this is normal. Hopefully its normal and I am not getting take for a ride.
So … I have tried the chirporactor, and am still trying the chiropractor. I am not sure I am all gung-ho on chiropractors, but I do feel that it has helped me.