"Dude, are you trying to break my neck??"

Yesterday I finally went to a chiropractor. After years of neck and shoulder pain, I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2005. I went for physiotherapy at the hospital, but it really didn't do much for the pain. When I was in the US, I became interested in chiropractic, but since it was not covered under insurance (and anyone can tell you that US health-care costs a BOMB), I never went. Two pregnancies and countless nights up with babies later, my back has gotten worse and worse. The curvature of my spine is not that obvious when I'm clothed, so I am not worried about my appearance. It is the pain that really gets to me. I live in constant pain.
On bad days, it is hard for me to even fall asleep. Other than risky spinal surgery or a body brace when you're an adolescent, there is no way to reverse the effect of scoliosis. So the only thing I can do is try to keep it from getting worse, and find ways of dealing with the pain.

Last week at The Curve (why am I always there?), I noticed there was a chiropractic centre there called Back In Motion. I went in and took a card, and couldn't find it when I got home *LOL* Thankfully I remembered the name of the place, so I Googled it, got their number and made an appointment.

I arrived pretty early, so after filling in the forms, I had to wait quite a bit. They had this slide show going on in the waiting area about how chiropractic care is great for babies and kids...and after my treatment, I think I am going to take the kids there as well :D

Anyhoo, after a bit of waiting, Dr. Wong called me into the room. There was this chair that kinda reminded me of a dentist chair, except it had a hole in its headrest. The doctor spent some time interviewing me about my medical history, etc. He then told me to lie face-down on the chair while he checked my spine. He spotted

the abnormal curve immediately, of course, and said that the three spinal discs (or whatever they are called) involved seemed to be locked into place, which caused the pain.

He told me to take a deep breath and let it allllll out. So I did just that - deep breath in, breath ouuuuu-

*CRACK*

What the eff?!?! He had pushed down on my spine as hard as he could, and I could hear the loudest cracking sound ever. I also felt...A LOT BETTER. What a revelation! Shock at the technique aside, I truly felt much better. Much lighter.

He went on adjusting the other two discs (is that what they're called??) and went on working on my neck. It was like he was trying to break my neck, except I felt better instead of dead after.

When he was done with the adjustment, he took me to get electrocuted. Hahahaha! Just kidding. He patched some wires on my back which allowed electrical current through to my muscles. It was a ticklish, tingly sensation that also made my muscles stretch and contract involuntarily. Again, strange sensation, but it made me feel so much better at the end. Ten minutes later, he came and took the wires off me, and we talked about coping strategies. He told me that I should do yoga and swimming, and get frequent chiropractic adjustments (of course). I've made an appointment for next week ;D

All in all, it was a great experience. You've just got to relax and be open. I, personally, feel much better now, even after having to wear Afraz for a couple of hours afterward. I totally recommend it for anyone looking for a 100% natural solution to their issues (even if it has nothing to do with their spine). I know I'm going back for more!

19 comments:

  1. good review. My OH's scoliosis is more angled it worries me so much whenever he complains of back pain, one of the reasons why I dun encourage him to wear Afya hehe.. The eletric current thing is called TENS I believe.. I've heard so many chiropractic related success stories it's great to hear that it's working for you too.

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  2. Honestly, it is easier on my back to wear my babies rather than carry them in-arms. Its one of the reasons I needed carriers - they relieved the pain.

    I truly honestly enjoyed it! I can't believe I waited this long to get chiropractic care!

    I've been wanting to try out other natural remedies, but it all depends on location. So chiropractors won out for being located in a mall. Hahahaha.

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  3. hey, how much did it cost? i think something's not quite right with my back, it pains me at one particular spot, and i tend to slouch alot too. i got no idea who i should go to.

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  4. I think that's fantastic. I went to a chiropractor when I was a teenager, I was experiencing back pain and neck pain all the time. Within minutes he started popping my back and adjusting my neck, and like you said it sounded like he was breaking something haha but I felt like a million bucks after. It's intimidating but so worth the visit. Thanks for sharing, I'm glad it helped you!
    www.northpolechiropractic.com

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