I had my first adjustment last week with my chiropractor a.k.a. “Dr. Chiro”. I watched “The Adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman” a couple of days before, so this was at the forefront in my mind:
Thankfully, this wasn’t how it went – well the pretzely piece. My first stop was a hydro-bed. A rolling jet of water moves up and down your body (focusing on your area of hurt but hitting other areas as well) and it feels kind of nutty. It kind of tickled at first but when I was able to relax it felt good. It does move up around your neck and I’m positive this must have been what it felt like when in the womb.
We went to another room to discuss my x-rays. Guess what? Dr. Chiro asked me if I had my gallbladder out to which I answered yes and how did he know. Sure enough, I have staples in me and they showed up on the x-rays. Funny, I had no idea there were staples needed so you can bet your bottom dollar I googled that business to ensure this was how it was supposed to be. It is. Seeing these staples was my favorite part by the way.
Anyway, I have a pinched nerve currently and then I have some other things happening with ye ol’ spine. I have one degenerated disc – he thinks from a fall earlier on in life and bone or whatever has grown around it. It puts some odd pressure on another disc but this one seems to be holding up well. Good job disc I don’t remember the number of! There are some alignment issues as well that we are going to work on, too. All in all, it will be a few weeks of PT. I have kick-ass chiropractic coverage (25 free sessions a year!) so I will be using up these bad boys but then it’s only $35 a session after that so I’m good.
Then onto the adjustment table.
I told Dr. Chiro I was nervous about it. He laughed and told me not to worry <— because THAT always works for me. I laid down and he pointed out that I’m massively stiff. Not any news to me but I don’t realize it since this is my state of normalcy. Then the weird adjustments started. I laughed hysterically. It wasn’t a high-pitched laugh, more of a deep-belly laugh I couldn’t control. It didn’t hurt per say, although the areas that are currently tender felt it more than others. It was so out of my realm of experience that I still can quite describe it.
When we were in the room with the x-rays he had posters of orthotics. Since I jacked up my arch a few years back and am certain this is what has irked my ankle, I asked him if this was something he looked at. I also went on to explain my poor PT appt from earlier. He said we would do some foot-mapping to see if this was anything he could help with or not. Score! Essentially, I’m just pouring out all of my running ailments – one stop shop!
This week I have three adjustments – last night/Wed/Thurs. For the most part, my back is feeling better and I kicked the pain meds on Saturday. It’s still stiff but I have a lot more movement and less pain – yay! I also turned the corner with this cold so another win for me. I even did some laundry this weekend, albeit, I borrowed a Radio Flyer from a friend to transport said laundry to my laundry room. I may have looked like an idiot but it was a brilliant plan, if I do say so myself.
Hope you all are having a good week. I’m reserving judgement… bad dreams. I need to stop watching LOST right before I go to sleep at night!
p.s. I need a new office chair – this one is killing me at the moment.