Last night I lay in bed thinking about how my back and neck hurt and how great it would be to have an adjustment. I couldn’t wait till morning to wake up and call the chiro (which Ryan and I call "Cairo" as in… "You going to Egypt today?…. Yeah, my appt is at 4" HAHA!) and get an appointment for this afternoon.
Anyhow, I thought it might be an interesting topic (ok, maybe not THAT interesting) for TFT.
See, before having Porter, I had gone to the chiro a few times. But nothing regularly. I knew of people who made it a regular (weekly or bi-weekly) thing, but I never felt the need. Around 16 weeks pregnant I had horrible back pains in my upper back between my shoulder blades. I got in with a chiropractor and they wanted me to be on this "wellness plan" of going 3 times a week for a few months etc. Well, I went twice a week (or so) throughout the rest of my pregnancy and I really don’t know how I would have made it without it. If I missed a week, I could tell. My back would hurt more. My hips got out of whack and my SI joint started to act up.
Well, about 6 weeks ago I had that horrible migraine so I got in with a different chiropractor and have been seeing them about once a week. I can really tell when I’ve missed my weekly and there are times when I sleep wrong and I call to get in that day and the second he adjusts me I am feeling 100% better.
Anyhow… where am I going. All this rambling! Now, awhile back Jessica called me frantic about this article about chiropractic adjustments causing blood clots and strokes in patients. I kind of freaked out, but never read the article myself so of course I wasn’t about to swear off my saving grace through my pregnancy. I think it was Jessica’s physical therapist that was telling her that they didn’t "condone" (is that the word?) chiropractic adjustments and that their belief is to train the muscles properly to help align the back (ok Jess, I can’t remember our whole conversation it was forever ago, but I think thats what they had said, right?)
This just got me thinking… how do others stand on the use of chiropractors? I know my chiropractors both have infants and children patients that they regularly adjust (think of all the running, falling, yanking, twisting, picking up etc that kids get), so they obviously feel that its just a part of the lifestyle such as visiting the dentist etc. Do you use a chiro regularly? Or do you just go when you feel "out of whack?" Have you never been? Are you against chiropractors? Do you feel they’re "bad" for your health or that its unnatural to manipulate the spine?
I’m not getting into all the detail/info that the chiropractors have told me about how every nerve that controls your body/functions runs through your spine and how just little misalignments can affect things like stomach issues, asthma, headaches etc. I don’t know enough about all that. All I know is that I can tell when I need an adjustment (and it is definitely today!) and that the adjustments work wonders!