I didn't set out to become a patient but my Sweetie has been having some serious and unrelenting pain due to a fall a few months ago. She visited an orthopedic doctor we know and he diagnosed it as an inflammation in L-4 of her back. He recommended some exercises and ice packs which she religiously does. At least he didn't suggest back surgery or even epidurals to get the pain relief she needs.
Weeks later, the pain continued, and on some days she was in agony. So in desperation, she called for an appointment with a chiropractor our neighbor recommended. His office was nearby and he takes Medicare, so she went there by herself. And she came home feeling better, both physically and emotionally.
Needless to say, I decided to go meet this guy who made her life better. So on her follow-up visit a few days later, I watched and listened closely to what he was doing and saying. It all seemed to make perfect sense, that something in her was not exactly where it should be in order to align perfectly with the rest of her body. A few snaps, or as he referred to them "alignments" or "adjustments." It was all very fast and she was smiling even more than before. The pain was clearly gone or going away. She was comfortable and definitely more relaxed than just a few days before she visited him.
She asked me if I might want to schedule an appointment to see if he could help me with some of the pains I've been suffering for years. I said yes and after some paperwork and discussion, he had me on the table. He performed a few (three or four) alignments. There were some clearly noticeable 'snaps' or 'pops' sounds. But no pain. And he was through.
I didn't immediately notice any difference in anything but I felt like something good had happened. He wanted to see me again the following Tuesday and I was eager to be there.
Meanwhile, I spent much of the weekend reading about chiropractic, including watching a number of videos of patients actually being treated. It was an eye-opening experience. I could easily see that many of my lifetime collection of painful events could probably have been successfully and more quickly treated than whatever method I decided to use.
On Tuesday, (yesterday) I was back for my follow-up visit with our newly discovered chiropractor. Judy was also there for her follow-up visit.
We actually spent more time talking than being ‘popped’ back into alignment. The reason for all the talk, mostly questions, was because I had been spending a lot of time watching YouTube videos of chiropractors treating patients for a wide range of conditions, including some I would never thought to be ‘body-alignment’ related. Like acid reflux problems (which I don’t have), and cramps/tingling/burning/stabbing-pain problems with my feet, along with restless-legs, mostly when I lie down in bed (which I do have).
After actually seeing Judy’s instant return to mobility-without-pain, I’m thinking chiropractors can fix a lot of problems that conventional medicine cannot.
Update: It is now 2-5-17 and I haven't been back. After three treatments, he and I both agreed that he can't fix my tingling/cramping/burning sensations in my feet, but he suggested I take Magnesium supplements. I purchased some but I know to check with my doctor first about taking any kind of supplements or medicines, prescription or over-the-counter. He said I could take the Magnesium pills for up to 10 days but that's it. Magnesium reduces and counters the affects of my thyroid medication.
So I tried the Magnesium for 10 days and I really couldn't tell if it helped or not. Although I didn't have any serious spasms or cramping/burning events, the tingling was still there. So I opted to remain off the Magnesium rather than risk causing more thyroid problems. The thyroid can be a serious problem if its not functioning right, with or without pills.
As for Judy, she also finished her last treatment with him. She is very happy with the treatments he gave her. Although she isn't all the way back to normal, her leg/hip is no longer a serious and painful problem like she was before seeing him.
Another update: 2-13-17 During Judy's visit last week she mentioned to the chiropractor that my back really hurts. She told him that I keep saying it started after my last visit when he did something to my back. I initially said I didn't want to have any more adjustments but he explained that the symptoms suggest that my hip is out of alignment. He convinced me to have another adjustment to see if it would help. He used the drop table and pushed hard in the middle of my back. Although I didn't hear or feel any shift in my bones, he said that treatment should take care of it. And to return on Monday (today) to see if it helped. I'll be there later this morning, but in the meantime we purchased another Select Comfort Number's Bed to replace our old Select Comfort Numbers Bed which we thought may be a contributing factor to my back pain. I feel somewhat better but I'm not sure whether it is due to the 'adjustment' or our new bed. I'll know more in about three hours.