You know when you have to admit that maybe you were wrong? Today was one of those days for me. My neck and back are hurting more by the day, so luckily I went to a chiropractor this morning for some help. I was afraid that all he was going to do was crack my neck and back a million times and call it a day, but it really was so much better than that. We did more strength and movement tests. After I almost let out a silent blood curdling scream when he poked my neck and back in just the right places he showed me on a skeleton the vertebrae that have gone out of line. It was a lot more than I thought! He really listened to me and made me feel like he was going to help me the best he could, which is not always the case in all doctor visits so it was nice. We started with ultrasound therapy on the right side of my neck and the right upper back to help the inflammation. Next he rubbed a natural inflammatory gel on the areas that hurt and gave a massage, which was actually much more painful than relaxing. I thought he was trying touch every single part of me that hurt, but really he was just trying to rub gel on all the inflammed areas. After the gel torture, he pulled on my neck to kind of stretch out those muscles. It did crack just once but I don’t think that was the intention at all. Lastly he adjusted my back just once, and since I do generally crack my back it wasn’t as exciting as it is to some people I think.
I told him how I took a nap in a really awkward position, and he said that wasn’t the cause, there was no way. This sort of thing is something that builds up over time and the nap was the hair that broke the camel’s back so to speak. He kept asking me: has this sort of pain ever happened before? I said no initially. But he kept on asking, so I was like: yeah I mean I pinch nerves in my neck a few times a year, and he was like: really? That’s not normal. Then, he was looking at my posture, which is Horrible. Like my shoulders turn in and I crunch over, I just have always had bad posture, so I need to work on that. He noticed that my right shoulder was higher than my left. I was like: oh yeah, you know I carry a really heavy shoulder bag to work every day. He looked at me like: seriously, you didn’t think you mention this! He said that was the real cause – and then I had to come home and admit to Abe that he was right and it was my bag this whole time. He said that I could carry a backpack to try and even out my shoulders again. My right one is higher because my body is constantly trying to hold the weight of my bag even when it’s not on, I know WTF. Now I can’t move my neck and I’m deformed. I hope that with more visits that he can help me stand up straight and allow for me to sit here without being in pain, I don’t think that’s so much to ask. If this doesn’t work, I’m also starting physical therapy in a week!