Today I am thankful for living a life free of pain. I lived in near constant pain for nearly 12 years after a football injury nearly cost me my life. While in high school, I went in for a tackle, missed, and somehow made contact with the ground at a 45 degree angle damaging vertebrae in my neck and skull. Over the next several years, I’d pass out without warning, battled insomnia, memory loss (I still don’t remember much of high school), numbness in my extremities, and suffered though constant pain in my neck and shoulders. The muscles in my neck would pull to one side and nearly every picture that was taken of me during that time had my head cocked to the side like a confused dog. Unlike some of my high school friends who used alcohol recreationally, I used it often to moderate the pain. It was the only thing that eased my symptoms. I thought I’d just have to deal with this pain for the rest of my life.
Fast forward 12 years. I find myself at chiropractor’s office at my wife’s suggestion. Although I didn’t think that being a doctor of chiropractic was a “real” doctor, I didn’t think I had much to lose other than the $20 dollars I had to pay for a “spinal adjustment”. Little did I know that the only thing that needed “adjustment” was my attitude.
What exactly is chiropractic care? Here’s an abridged definition from the American Chiropractic Association:
Chiropractic is a health care profession that is most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. . The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Within a month, the pain in my neck diminished to ZERO. 12 years of pain gone in a month!? Why didn’t I do this sooner? I once again rediscovered mental clarity, happiness, and an ability to sleep! Within six weeks, my head was actually straight in photos! Now I get adjusted every two weeks and am building back my fitness base. I’ve been pain free for over two years now and I will be forever grateful for chiropractic care. If you’re dealing with chronic pain, please give chiropractic care a shot.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I cannot help but be grateful and full of thanks for all that I have. For the month of November, I will write about some of these things.