bad back and chiropractic care
I have been right on track with my marathon plan. That is until today. I have had a bad back forever and I have been seeing a Chiropractor since August. I have low back pain and a damaged L5 disc as well as a fairly severe rotation in my backbone. It is sort of like the spiky bumps down a stegasaurus's back pointed to the side. (You like that one?) He has been able to correct the rotation over time. I have had awesome results with this type of care and scaled back gradually to one visit per month or as needed.
On Saturday, I was stupid and lifted my 55 pound dog (55 pounds used to be nothing to me until the back issues began again) up to a shelf at the local dog wash. I figured I'd strained a little too hard but still made it thru my 12 mile run that afternoon. On Sunday, I was a little sore and yesterday it was worse. I could barely get out of bed this morning...had to roll to one side in agony.
I wore my back brace all day today (one that I had fitted to me for flare ups) because I knew I had a 7 mile quality run tonight after work. I did go to the gym back just moving my legs to walk during warm up hurt. I cranked up the treadmill to 7.3 and tried to suck it up but I only made it to 3 miles before I almost started to cry from the pain.
Luckily I got in to see the chiropractor within two hours and he said that I was completely rotated again. After some electrodes, biofreeze, ice, rolling table therapy and and adjustment, the sharp pains that take my breath away when I move are gone for the most part. It was instantaneous! I still have pulled muscle pain but I can make do with that. I am hoping to get to my easy 5 miles tomorrow night but if not, I'll make it up Thursday and Friday just in time for a hill run of 12 miles with a buddy on Saturday.
If any of you are suspicious about chiropractic care, don't be...just spend a lot of time interviewing and asking tons of questions before you let them touch you. Use one that your friends use too. Mine is not only a good doctor but totally hot too!!!
ps-He has in house massage therapists that are included in his treatment hence included in my copay!!!!
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