This morning I went to my chiropractor. I probably hadn’t been adjusted since I graduated from high school. That’s about 3 years ago. Since then I have had lots of physically and emotionally traumatic (in the medical sense of the word) experiences which worked together negatively to make my body lose its natural alignment. I already knew that being in alignment is good for body wellness (duh!) and that it makes you feel better but I didn’t quite understand all the ramifications of a body that is out of wack. According to my chiro-man, when a person’s body is out of alignment, it can cause adverse affects including everything from increased allergies, digestive problems, numbness in appendages, headaches and indigestion to tiredness and a million other symptoms. Needless to say, I have been experiencing a lot of those symptoms (okay, like all) but have been trying to ignore them. I’ve been assuming (and hoping) that they’re nothing serious. Well guess what?! My body is totally and completely fucked up.
My doctor took x-rays on Monday and analyzed them and had me come back today for an explanation and adjustment. Let’s just say that even I could tell my body was messed up. The picture on the left isn’t of me, but it shows an x-ray of a normal neck. Do you see the curve to the spine? That is supposed to be there. My spine in the neck area is completely freaking straight. How straight you ask? As straight as my doctor’s ruler.
In addition to my neck, my upper back is all janky with locked discs and is causing me to hunch over. Not to mention that my hip alignment is off kilter too. I asked my doctor if everything was as bad as it sounded and he looked me straight in the eye and said, “yes, but at least everything is still correctable.”
So I had my first alignment in years after that conference (it felt amazinggg) and he has me scheduled to come in three times a week until I’ve made some serious progress and can be weaned off getting cracked every other day.
I still can’t even believe it. I just keep thinking to myself, “how did it get so bad?!” and then I wonder what people would do back in the olden days before there was any sort of valid medical profession. Like back in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Did people just get effed up backs and then deal with the pain from them forever?!? All I can say is that I feel so lucky that I won’t have to deal with any wackadoodle alignment issues ever again after this summer. God bless chiropractic care! <3
p.s. Have you ever been to a chiropractor? What was your experience like? Do you think it is a valid form of healthcare or do you think it’s all baloney?