Anecdotal Review: Chiropractor Visit
Tomorrow is my first visit to a chiropractor. It's the same one that worked on my father about 14 years ago, and he did a good job of fixing a number of issues that my dad had from chronic inactivity in a seated position (he was a salesman and drove places all the time).
I have an appointment with a sports medicine doc in two weeks, but if the chiro fixes my issues, then I won't need anyone else. He specializes in sports-related injuries. Hell, his practice is at a Bally's, and is called "Total Athletic Care."
If he shatters my spine while adjusting a subluxation, I'll have my gf log on and report on my condition. :5bouncy:
Expect a review around 9PM.
Oh snap... (pun intended)
Spot the operative word.
Tomorrow is my first visit to a chiropractor
Why the hell did you start this thread now, then? That's like having a New Year's Eve countdown starting in November.
The smart money is on; nothing of note actually happens and Steve's back feels better after the rub 'n' twist.
Consider this is a pre-emptive, your anecdote sucks.
Make something up with pirates in instead.
Those who esteme qi have no strength. ~ Exposition of Insights into the Thirteen Postures Attrib: Wu Yuxiang founder of Wu style tai chi.
Originally Posted by Stickx
Alright, I got back from my first appointment.
The doctor spent about 10-20 minutes asking me about my various problems, including detailed questions about the frequency and intensity of pain, and its localization in my body. After this, he asked me to stand and sit as I normally do, and made some observations about my posture and orientation. After this, he spent about 20 minutes over the course of the appointment asking me to hold my limbs out straight and resist while he applied pressure to them in different directions. As he did this, he would touch or ask me to touch certain spots on my body which either made resisting more difficult or more easy. It was ridiculous how in one moment, I was effortlessly resisting him, but when he barely touched a certain part of my back, I was completely unable to stop him from pushing.
After these diagnostic actions, he explained to me that when I stand straight up, my spine has an outward curve from right to left, that my right shoulder was lower than my left, and that my neck tilted to the right. He said that this was common, like "having plaque on your teeth when you visit the dentist." He also discussed how I had "adhesions" in my shoulder that were scar tissue that kept the muscle from fully contracting or extending. He also said I had some imbalances in my vertebrae, meaning they weren't straight enough.
He attached several electrodes to my upper back as I lay flat on my stomach, and used a combination of electrical and heat therapy to stimulate the muscles for about 5-10 minutes.
After this, he made 2 "adjustments" to my spine, the stuff that you typically think about when you hear "Chiropractor."
The first adjustment he made to my spine was directly in the middle of my back. As I exhaled, he made a rapid push on my back that made my spine crack AWESOME and a brief flare-up of pain.
The second adjustment was to my neck. While I was lying on my back, he asked me to relax my neck, then he wrenched my head to the left while pushing my neck to the right. That made an even more AWESOME CRACKING SOUND, but resulted in a flare-up of pain for about 2 minutes (the main reason I went in was because of chronic neck pain for the past month).
I have another appointment with him on Saturday so he can go over some more material and information, in the meantime, I am prohibited from doing weightlifting (especially the upper-body, including bodyweight exercises), but cardio exercise is fine. He said that bagwork and shadowboxing might have some minor risk, and he asked me to refrain from sparring or intense cardio classes.
I'll probably have my membership frozen at my school for a bit until I get the ok from him to train.
All in all, a positive experience, and my neck is already somewhat better.
I have to emphasize that if you think you can crack your body awesome, you don't know **** until you get a chiropractor to do it.
It's only awesome the first few times. After your body gets used to it, the cracking isn't as spectacular (not just percieved as spectacular, but the cracks aren't as loud or abrupt). Funny thing, though, after I had a few visits to a chiro, I can now crack my own back (twist 3/4ths around in a chair, neck manipulation, I'd have to show you to...), but apparently that's a good thing.
I can crack my own back already doing the "centerfold" stretch (no joke-that's what it's called).
Originally Posted by Abominable Snowman
But this guy is awesome, and he focuses exclusively on sports-related injuries.
What's a centerfold stretch? I keep getting porn sites and sports (entertainment-wise) sites.
While sitting on the floor with your feet out in front of you, bend your left leg and put the foot to the right side of your right knee. Put your right elbow on the left side of your left knee and use your elbow to twist your body. This will help a great deal. It's called the "centerfold stretch" because you look like you're posing for a centerfold.