The Chiropractor

Hi, everyone! Last week I went to the chiropractor for the first time. My wife had been trying to get me to go for months, saying that it would help with the tension in my neck and shoulders. I didn’t believe her. I always thought that it was a muscle thing and that a chiropractor would be no real help. I was wrong. The chiropractor explained how the spine, when it’s out of alignment, effects your nervous system, and how people with PTSD can benefit from chiropractic care. When the spine is out of alignment it constricts the parasympathetic nervous system, the part that slows down the heart rate and lets you relax.

I was very nervous about my first visit because my latest flashbacks make me more jumpy, especially when somebody is behind me, but she knew about my situation (because she’s my wife’s chiropractor too) and was very cautious and understanding. She had me put on a gown and she looked at my back and sent me for X-rays. I had a little breakdown after we left. I think it was because I felt vulnerable in the gown and with somebody completely new touching my back.

When we came back with the X-rays, she looked at them with us and showed me what was going on with my back, neck, and shoulders. She found that I had had whiplash at some point in my life. I’m not sure what it’s from. It could be from when I fell off a horse when I was 12, or from the trauma when I was younger. Either way, left untreated for so long, it has caused a lot of problems that need fixing.

She showed me how bad my back was. A healthy back moves when you bend and twist. Mine doesn’t. It’s stuck. After my first adjustment, I was amazed! My neck was moving so much more freely and a lot of the tension in my shoulders had gone away… for about a day, but that little break from it was awesome!

So, now I’m going to the chiropractor twice a week, and my therapist once a week. I hope that between them and my regular doctor, I’ll be able to start getting some real relief. I need it!

I guess that’s all for now. Thanks for reading,

T.
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