Last week I shared about how crummy I was feeling after my first kayaking trip. I’m feeling much better now, but unfortunately things got worse before they got better. I ended the week with a horrible pain in my back, a tingling arm and all around tense muscles as I tried to compensate for the pain.
My husband insisted that I make an appointment to see a chiropractor. I resisted because the thought of someone moving my bones around made me slightly nauseous– I don’t even like it when someone cracks their knuckles near me! I even tried sleeping on the floor for a couple of nights, with no luck.
I know someone locally whose husband is a chiropractor, and I really enjoy following her blog where she talks about her natural treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I figured she would be a good person to get advice from, and I was definitely at the point of needing help. I was surprised to hear her say that chiropractic is one of the most important components to decreasing inflammation in the body. Within an hour my husband had set up my first two appointments and the next day I went in to see if they could straighten me out!
During my follow up appointment we reviewed my x-rays and I was very surprised to see just how misaligned my body was. The doctor explained how the body is amazing and fully capable of healing itself—as long as everything is working properly. This includes the musculoskeletal system, which is arguably the most important, as it is in charge of sending messages to the appropriate parts of the body. At this point everything started to click and I thought:
1. Why has no one sent me to the chiropractor earlier? (just in case you’re wondering, I forgive you all. But seriously, AFTER the fact, all of my friends told me how much they love their chiropractor, and I’m wondering why no one talks about this in normal life?)
2. This is probably why my other treatments seem to have hit a wall. Could this be the missing link that my body needs to get back on track?
3. Pain is our body’s way of signaling that something is wrong. Even though this is not what I expected to have come from that kayaking trip, I am thankful that I have been listening to my body. It’s probably been trying to tell me something was wrong for a long time, and this was the last ditch effort to get my attention!
Anyway….I have now gone in for three adjustments and I am excited to say my pain is gone, and I am hopeful that as I continue on the treatment plan I can work my way back into alignment to help my body heal naturally.
The whole experience has taught me some other things as well. Mainly, I was required to sit down and evaluate my current and previous forms of treatment and whether or not they are working. I am finally to the point where I feel confident taking control of my health. I am no longer going to agree with whatever treatment the doctor suggests, especially when they haven’t taken the time to get to know my situation. I know my body better than anyone else and it is up to me to determine the best course of treatment (despite what the insurance companies say…but that’s a whole different story!).
I think the quote from Thomas Edison that is printed on the chiropractor’s business card says it best:
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and the cause and prevention of disease.”
Now that is a doctor I can back…(haha, get it—back? Because he’s a chiropractor!)
Thanks for your concern after my last post, friends. I am thankful to have such a great community surrounding me! Now go see the chiropractor–it’s important preventative care!