I was in a car accident last year and suffered a back and neck injury, along with a nasty bruise on my leg. I was sent by ambulance to the nearest hospital, and upon leaving, was given a prescription for pain medication and a “fare thee well.” When speaking to my nurse, I had specifically requested a prescription for a non-narcotic pain reliever, as I have concerns about becoming dependent on medicine, yet when I investigated the prescription I had been given, I was annoyed to learn that my request had been ignored, and I had been prescribed exactly what I had not wanted.
I was sore on that first day, but within the next few days, pain descended on me like the proverbial swarm of locusts. I am pretty physically fit and thought I could exercise the pain away, but the pain was too intense. I went to see a doctor and was told to take pills and it would get better, but this was as unsatisfactory to me then as it had been in the emergency room. After consulting with an attorney about compensation for my lost car and income, he insisted that I seek medical treatment of some sort and recommended a chiropractor.
As a personal trainer, I was wary of chiropractors. There are all sorts of negative stories circulating throughout the fitness world about treatments gone wrong, and psychological dependence on chiropractic care, but I was faced with that or conventional medicine as my only options, so I chose the former. Many alternative medical treatments are not covered by medical insurance, but thankfully, this one was. I wasn’t sure what to expect during my first treatment.
The office was pleasant and smelled nice, but the same could be said for most medical offices. I selected several pamphlets about the use of alternative medicine and read them while waiting, and I found that I agreed with most of them, particularly the ones that warned against overmedication and the impracticality of many traditional medical procedures.
When my name was called, I was ushered into an office, where a thorough medical history was taken, X-rays of my back and neck were made, and questions were asked about the level of pain I was experiencing. After this, I met with the chiropractor, a pleasant, articulate fellow who understood my reluctance to take medicine for my condition. We shall call him Dr. P.
When this consultation was complete, I was lead into a room with several strange looking tables and instructed to lie down.
During that first visit, Dr. P felt along my spine and tapped behind my ear with a chiropractic tool called an Integrator, then lead me across the hallway into another room, where I lay on a table with rollers that stretched and massaged the muscles of my back. When the table turned off, I walked to the front desk and scheduled my next appointment, and left. I remember feeling a little annoyed, thinking that the entire appointment had been a waste of time and ineffectual.
However, within the next few weeks, my pain went away and I experienced other positive benefits that I had not anticipated. My mood, which had sunk into depression because of the pain and the loss of my car, returned to its normally happy state, and I had energy where there had once been a deficit.
When Dr. P had tapped behind my ear with his Integrator, he had murmured something about opening up my nervous system, and how it would affect my entire body, but I didn’t believe him until I saw the effects in my own life.
I can honestly say that my trip to the chiropractor made the difference between my accident throwing me completely off-course (and possibly losing my ability to work efficiently) and what turned out to be a fairly rapid recovery.
There are many alternative medical procedures out there; some are covered by insurance, others aren’t. If you find yourself facing a debilitating injury, or if you are unhappy with the more traditional ways of treating illness and injury, I recommend that you weigh all of your options, not just the ones that are performed in hospitals. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you find.
Guest Blog by: Nan Gibbons, contributing writer at http://www.eatbreatheblog.com.
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