My road to the chiropractor is not the same as my choice of acupuncture. I’ve been in three accidents since getting my license- the first, not long after I got my license when a woman ran the light; the second was about 8 years ago after a new light was installed on the block and the driver didn’t pay attention to the red light, rear ending and totaling my car; the third was about 4 years ago on the interstate when a driver rear ended my car. Thankfully none were my fault! But their impact has consequences.
I learned from my chiropractor that since today’s cars are not as heavy as say the American boxy cars of the 80s, then they don’t offer as much protection in accidents. Basically, our bodies absorb more of the shock now than when heavier cars ruled the roads. What does that mean for us drivers? Body pains and problems that can have a lasting impact. None of my accidents required medical attention at all- well until YEARS later and I decided to see what was wrong.
See I noticed that I started having limited range of motion in my neck sometime last year (2018). And at Christmas that year, it was really noticeable, kind of like sleeping in the wrong position and I couldn’t work out the kinks. After doing some research, I decided to try a chiropractor. She sent me out for xrays and we reviewed the results upon my next visit. I had not revealed that I had been in car accidents before but the doc looked at me and said- you were in a car accident 5 to 10 years ago and this is how I can tell. I was floored because the 2nd accident was by far the worst of the three. It was during this conversation that I also discovered that I had arthritis in the neck area and two discs with early signs of degeneration. I thought that this couldn’t be happening to me, I’m only 42!
But the proof was there and since I’m done waiting for things to magically happen, I decided to try the services of the chiropractor. I’ll be honest- the first adjustment was ROUGH. My back and neck were so tight that doing just a manual adjustment was out of the question at that time. The doc used an assisted device to perform the adjustments which I could handle a lot better. And I also hop on the roller bed for 10 minutes before or after the adjustment. The roller bed is the. Best. Ever! I also roll a hand towel under my neck twice a day to get the neck to realign and set properly.
And it’s still a challenge. If I eat the wrong thing or too much of a just ok food, then my neck can get really stiff again. I had a migraine a couple of weeks ago and that caused such inflammation in the neck area! So it’s more than just the physical adjustments; it’s important to get to the source of what is aggravating the area and causing stiffness and potential pain. Would I recommend trying the chiropractor to others? Yes I would with the caveat that it’s not an overnight process. It’s a whole body process to get you into alignment while addressing what caused the issues in the first place. And that works for me.
I included a comparison picture from Christmas 2018 to June 1 this year. The pictures on the right are from last year and the pic on the left is from 2019- can you tell the difference? I’m happy things are progressing well and I really hope continued chiropractic care works well.
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