I've had a history of back problems. No one has ever recommended chiropractic care. Usually my problems resolve in a week or less. This injury was the worst. I felt like I was in labor. I had to deep breathe to get up out of bed, shuffle to Sam's room, and groan into the rocking chair. I used heating pads continuously, a TENS unit, Motrin and Tylenol, then Aleve and Tylenol as needed.
After two weeks I was still in crazy pain. For the last five days I didn't see any improvement. I lived with 4/10 pain constantly, going up to 8/10 with effort (lifting car seat, sitting down while holding Sam, bending to pick up toys, sitting on hard chairs, basically what I do all day every day). A mom at playgroup saw my TENS unit and mentioned her husband was a chiropractor. Huh. I didn't even think to try that. After some online research I found a guy in Denver with great reviews and transparent prices. (I felt weird going to see a guy in my bishopric for health concerns, but maybe I will switch now that I know what it's like).
I couldn't wait for an appointment that would work with a babysitter/Ben, so I schlepped the kids along Monday afternoon. The doctor interviewed me about the pain, assessed my posture and flexibility, and then suggested a basic treatment plan. He thinks it could be disc related, but doesn't recommend imaging until this happens again. I did a 10 minute heat and electrical therapy set, then massage with a giant jack hammer tool. I kid you not, it was enormous. But it worked because I could feel my muscles loosen up. Then he did the classic adjustments, cracking up my spine, twisty on both sides, then again lying on my back. I was a little sore but no big change.
But the next morning I noticed I was MUCH better. I even skipped my pain meds because I was sick of taking them. All day I paid attention to my pain. It was about a 2/10 all day, bumping up to a 4 with aggravation.
Today? Even better. There are times I don't even notice my back. I can pick up Sam in his car seat with almost the normal amount of strain. My muscles are a little sore, like after a bad sleep position or a long workout. But hardly any actual "pain" today. I'm thrilled!
I have another appointment on Friday and I'm very much looking forward to it. I was so wary of chiropractors in the past. I'm totally converted. There are scammy ones out there. I read some ways to be sure you are seeing a decent practitioner. But I think it's another tool you can use, like massage, to take care of your body. Maybe one of my readers is saying, "Duh. I've been seeing a guy for years." In that case, shame on you for not telling me to go sooner! I wish I had gotten treatment immediately. When this inevitably happens again, I know I'll be seeking help right away.