Fear of the Chiropractor

So, how many of you have a fear of going to the Chiropractor?  I would have raised my hand several years ago, but I wouldn’t now!

The visions of someone “cracking” your spine or twisting your neck made me nervous. (Chiropractors don’t really do that!) Just the thought of having back pain and someone putting pressure on my injury made me cringe. I really didn’t understand what Chiropractic was all about.  I knew it was supposed to make you feel better, but I couldn’t even imagine it! Until one day when I really hurt my back so bad that I couldn’t sit, sleep on my back or even put my clothes on.

I was on my way to visit my son, Alex, in MN and drove 6 hours in my car pretty much without stopping. When I got there, we went to a baseball game and I sat in one of those saggy camping chairs for 2 hours.  When I got up from the chair, my lower back hurt terribly.  As the minutes past, the pain grew stronger and stronger where I could hardly walk back to the car or even sit in the car.  Alex was very concerned about me and I thought I was going to end up in the hospital that night.  He got me to his apartment, gave me some Aleve and said he was taking me to his chiropractor in the morning.  I slept sitting up all night because I couldn’t lay down. That morning he called his Chiropractor and told him my situation. He asked if he could get me in right away that morning.  Alex also had an appointment that morning. To tell you the truth I was petrified.

Somehow, I got my clothes on and we both went to his chiropractor.  I sat in on my son’s adjustment to see what it was all about.  His doctor was very caring and manipulated my son’s back and neck.  I watched, and the tears rolled out of my eyes, because I was in so much pain I couldn’t even imagine anyone touching my back. But Alex sighed a comfortable sigh and said “See, it is that easy.”

Alex’s doctor brought me into his X-ray area and took a full series of X-rays to make sure there wasn’t something else going on. He showed me on the X-ray that my spine was not aligned. He brought me into the adjustment room and put me on a tilt table. I was afraid, but I trusted Alex’s doctor so much and thought, I can hardly move now and if he helps me with the pain, it is all worth it.

Well, I had my very first adjustment.  Oh my gosh, I will tell you that the relief was instant. That severe shooting pain in my back and down my leg was gone.  I could stand up straight.  I literally burst into tears and hugged Alex’s chiropractor and thanked him over and over. I couldn’t believe the pain had subsided.  My muscles were a little sore because I was compensating for the pain, but as the day went on they loosened up quite a bit too.

Well, I lost my fear of Chiropractic. Now, I go regularly to get adjusted. I have educated myself on the great benefits of Chiropractic over the last several years and how it helps to keep your body healthy.  I believe in educating yourself and getting a consultation with a Chiropractor to hear what it is and what the benefits are.  A good Chiropractor will take their time to ease you of any fears and will answer all your questions.

Don’t be Afraid of Chiropractic!  It is a practice that will help your body to heal and help you to feel better! It Does a Body Good!