Absolutely amazing! I can't believe I didn't do it sooner.

by D.
(West Virginia)

I wrenched my back and neck slipping in deep mud during a fast warmup after a big snowfall. I should have let my self fall. I'm a large woman and even though I caught myself, my weight continued to twist me. I rested and took ibuprofen for several days in hopes I had just pulled my muscles. The pain was annoying, my neck and shoulders hurt and when standing I felt like I had an icepick in my butt next to my spine. Needless to say I did less and less. I found that I could only stand for 5-10 minutes at a time before I needed to sit down. I just dealt with it.

On a whim (a year later) I went into a chiropractic office. The chiropractor was great; professional, knowledgeable, friendly and non-judgemental about my size. He adjusted the left side of my neck, right side of my neck, my middle back, in between my shoulder blades and popped both of hips. He said I would probably hate him in the morning because I would be really sore. As soon I got up off the table there was an immediate fix, 90 percent in my particular case. I felt better right away.

It was absolutely amazing, I can't believe I didn't do it sooner. I had a scheduled acupuncture appointment immediately after and then went home and took ibuprofen, hydrated and rested. It was amazing, I was not sore at all, I could standup straight, I could walk better, and I could stand for more than 10 minutes. I went from constant pain to almost no pain. Absolutely amazing! I still had some of the icepick pain. I gave it two weeks to see if it would work itself out.

I went back for a second adjustment. He again did both sides of my neck and upper back again and tried to adjust my hip/tail bone spot several times. I was sore after that adjustment from the force of it and also since that area has been sore for a year. Because the chiropractic table is small, I have a hard time relaxing enough for him to completely align that area. I tend to resist, because of my size and the table being narrow I feel like I might fall off the table. Anyway, the second adjust did help and got rid of the stabbing icepick pain. It is now just a dull pain. So now I'm about 95 percent fixed. I'm more mobile now, I've started exercising again and I'm losing weight to help and get into better shape. I'm also doing stretching exercises that he told me to do to help that area.

I will be going back for another adjustment or two. I'm hoping this next adjustment will completely solve the problem. I feel that if I could just relax enough, he could pop that last little spot.

Lovely post, D. Stay with the program and those exercises. Buy your chiropractor a nice bottle or red wine, or raw honey, or something; he's obviously made a big difference to your life.

Dr B

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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