Thursday, August 22, 2013

What is Chiropractic? My Success Story!

If you're newer to my blog you may not know the whole scoop.  My husband is a Chiropractor.  But that's not how I was introduced to chiropractic.  I have been a Chiropractic Assistant for almost 12 years.  Since I was 19!

I'm getting a bit ahead of myself here.  What is Chiropractic?
From ACA:
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used 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.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

And the biggest question: WHY should people get adjusted?
My simple answer...Health is wealth.  Your health is truly the only thing you own.  Your central nervous system runs through your spine.  Any disruption in the information going from your brain to the rest of your body may cause a disruption in body function.

My husband tells his patient "Only 10% of your nerves are for pain, 90% are for function.  So once you have pain you might already have significant damage."

I am NOT a doctor.  This is not intended as medical advise.
Are you ready for MY story?

When I was 9 years old I experience my very first Migraine.  This was no ordinary headache.  It started with "aura" (think tunnel vision only the outer area is bright blinding light), followed by light sensitivity, nausea, intense vomiting and a headache that would bring a grown person to their knees.  All of this at age 9!

My mom took me to the pediatrician and at some point I was given 800 mg of Ibruprofen for migraines.  THAT was a joke!  A "horsepill" for a kid and it did not "fix" anything.  I had X-rays and MRI at what age I have no idea.  Fast forward to 18 years old and I still get Migraines sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly and we still haven't figured out the "trigger."  I had seen several chiropractors and other doctors but nothing seems to work.  I tried just about every drug on the market at the time.

Fast forward to 24 years old...6 years ago.  I moved cross-country, divorced and the migraines are still coming on strong.  No medication I have taken has "cured" these intense, dibilitating headaches.  I let my boyfriend (now-husband) take a look at my x-rays and medical records.  He says he can help!  At this point I am skeptical because I have been getting adjusted and while it helped it did not "FIX" it.  But I'll try just about anything!
After just 1 of these specific cervical (neck) treatments I stopped having Migraines.

Here I am...6 Years after that first adjustment and I have not had a single migraine since.  Yes, I have had headaches...but no migraines.  I may not be "cured" and I will NEVER stop getting adjusted but I am happy that there is a drug-free, natural alternative for this "condition."

If you struggle with health-related issues Chiropractic might be the answer.  Check out the chart below!

If you are interested or have questions please feel free to contact me.  I am happy to help!!!


carol said...

We used to have an amazingly wonderful chiropractor. I was completely blown away by what he could do. Sadly, he has passed away. We have tried a couple other chiros but they don't seem to know what they are doing. Certainly don't get the same results. Any tips for finding a GOOD chiro??

Mary Smith said...

Hi Carol!
My husband attended Parker College of Chiropractic but he has also attended MANY additional courses for things like extremity, nutrition, hormone function, sports injury etc.
I would suggest asking researching the reviews of local chiropractors and asking people you know.
In our office we do not advertise and 90% of our patients are referred by other patients.

If you live near Hollywood, FL I know a GREAT one! = )
Just my 2 cents! Hope you find a good one. I know it's not easy but they are out there.

Holly said...

The only time I have visited a chiropractor, I developed sciatica as a result of his "adjustments." I realize that they help a lot of people, but I honestly don't know if I will ever go back.

Mary Smith said...

Many people mistakenly identify sciatica as regular ole back pain.
Sciatica is a specific condition and is not cause by an adjustment. That being said, just as in all professions there are good, not so good and bad. The key is finding a good one!

Heavenly Bodies said...

Yes, you have to find a good chiropractor, we went to one for a long time only to find out from one of them they were cheating people out of their money.

He opened up his own office and was a gem. Need to find here sigh.

Mary Smith said...

Cheating people (even insurance companies) is NOT cool!!!
Last week a patient brought in an EOB (explanation of benefits)from her insurance company. Only it was for a skin doctor. The doctor had charged for extra services. NOT cool!
It happens everywhere. This is why I suggest asking a friend or family member if they are happy with their doctor. Referrals are the way to go!

Unknown said...

Hello, Mary and fellow posters! I'm so glad you shared your chiropractic story, Mary. There are so many people that can be helped with chiropractic, and the best way to encourage them is to share stories. On that same note, I am sad to hear the stories posted about bad experiences with a chiropractor. Alas, in all fields there are a number of bad eggs. The good news is that there are thousands of great ones! I work for Palmer College of Chiropractic but have also been a chiropractic patient my whole life. It change my dad's life--resulting in him NOT having to have surgery when one leg was shorter than the other. I hope those of you who had a less than positive experience can find the right chiropractor for you--it can make a huge difference. That's in any field, though. I had a horrible dentist once (doing procedures that resulted in me needing more work), but then I found an amazing one. When you find the right doctor for you--no matter what the specialty--it's a wonderful thing. Best in health to all of you!

Lisa Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop...a strong back is necessary for all the things we want to do :)

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

We love our chiropractor! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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Mary Smith said...

I love all of the comments so far. However, this is NOT the place to advertise your chiropractic clinic.
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