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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chiropractic Experiment

At the Tri for the Y last weekend they had a local chiropractic practice doing free adjustments and massages. I went before the race mostly because I was there so early and I was bored, and hey, I'm a sucker for anything free.

I actually ended up getting worked on after the race as well. I was treated by two different doctors, but both agreed that I had some issues that needed continuing care so they gave me a card for a free evaluation in their office. Since I did feel better after they worked on me, I decided to give it a try. It seems like people either see a chiropractor regularly and rave about it, or have never been and think it is all made up. I have been having some serious neck pain lately. Last time I was traveling it was so bad that I was waking up at night with pounding headaches. I have also had chronic hip and IT band  issues since my days as a gymnast. And I am willing to try most things once!

At my evaluation, the chiropractor used little sensors and ran them down my back starting at the top. This created a map of my spine on the computer, showing where the issues are. Basically I'm pretty imbalanced. I already knew that, but I thought my imbalance was mental, not physical :-)

Today I went back for my first real session. The chiropractor spent nearly an hour with me. He spent the first half of the session doing further exam and analysis. He then started the adjustment. It was strange, at times a little uncomfortable, but not bad. The scariest parts where when he applied pressure and then a part of the table dropped beneath me. The table made a noise that at first I thought was my back! He also used this little power tool that vibrated really quickly and almost sounded like a jackhammer. When he put used it on my IT bands I felt an instant release.

My verdict is that I liked it! I felt so much better when I left the office today. And the bonus is that my insurance covers it, so I only have to pay my regular co-pay making it way cheaper than a massage. So I'll be back!

Have you ever been to a chiropractor? Did you like it?


  1. It’s a good thing the spine adjustment with your chiropractor went fine. Your body does feel a lot better after a session, no? That’s because the therapy can effectively ease the muscular and joint stress caused by fatigue or injury. It will also help in keeping your body prepared for your future events, especially in running.

  2. It's nice to hear your chiropractic experience, Kiersten. This therapy can reveal the physiological imbalances you didn't know you had. It can be a little scary about the cracking sound you'd hear, but it's just all in the mind. See, you got the instant result that you want.

    Shan @Brandon Chiropractor

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