Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ice packs are my new bff


So yesterday I went to a chiropractor recommended to me by my dear friend Chanell, and he was a godsend.

Immediately after telling him briefly about where my pain is coming from and how it feels he told me it was a spasm due to stress (not a pulled muscle). He didn't have to ask me if I was under stress, I immediately concurred. Why it hadn't dawned on me that stress might be causing my physical pain, I don't know. 
I am a firm believer in the physical body being directly affected by the emotional stresses that is placed upon it. Why I don't perpetually keep this in mind, I don't know... either.
Without saying anything about what kind of stress I am under he immediately began telling me all about what he thinks it may be. He basically described my family dynamics to a T. He said that the kind of pain I am dealing with is a direct result and physical manifestation of emotional stress. After he relayed to me what he thought, I was speechless. I mean, yeah, I've been under a lot of stress in the last year. This year has been one of the most stressful of my life and it has definitely been a hard year for my family, to say the least. But was this guys psychic or something? I still don't even know what to do with it. I mean, I'm still kind of speechless. 
Anyway, he had me ice my back before the adjustment and he let me know that since I am in so much pain that he would only adjust the vertebrae around the spasm, until the pain dissipates more. He also told me I had four rib outs (what does that mean?) and that my neck is extremely stiff, but that we would work on those later. He didn't have me lie down for my adjustment since I couldn't really get on the table, so he adjusted me in a chair against the wall twice and I could not believe how many pops and cracks I heard. Even he commented on how badly I needed an adjustment.
But you know what? I immediately felt a difference. And this morning I woke up in less pain than I have since I hurt my back on Saturday. I mean, I still had moments where I wanted to shriek before my medicine kicked in, but I wasn't constantly in pain. I couldn't believe how sweet and kind this guy was. He wasn't just interested in helping my back feel better, he was genuinely interested in helping me understand that I need to get to a place, emotionally, where I can let go of my stresses so that I don't ever need to come into his office in pain. He only charges for one adjustment a day, but during that day I can come in for an adjustment as many times as I want. He suggested that I start to do this on Thursday. So tomorrow I will be staying in the area so that I can go into his office as many times as I want and I only have to pay once. 

Is this guy a saint??
So it looks like I'm gonna get better. Even Sue said to me last night that, though it seems like I'll always be in this much pain and that it seems like I'll never feel normal again, slowly but surely it will get better (she has had similar back problems so she knows all about this stuff). I have something to look forward to.
But enough of all this back pain stuff. I wanted to share a few photos of my baby (since I don't have a child yet, I treat my little Bogart like my baby). He's been pretty mischievous lately and I've snapped a few phone shots of him being is naughty little self.

{trying to catch a fly}




{not supposed to be there and he knows it}

{new succulent!}

{oh and I thought this word verification was pretty funny}

~Andrea~
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