Just went to the chiropractor for the first time this afternoon. I’ve never had any sort of back pain before, no injuries, no car accidents, have never broken anything, no major illnesses, never been to the hospital, nothing. So it’s my very, very first experience with any of this.
I’m distrustful of doctors in general and prefer to just leave my body as it is with no interference.
But this back pain was not going away, so I had three choices – physical therapy, chiropractor, or acupuncture. All of these I’d have to pay $300 out of pocket before insurance kicked in.
Physical therapy was $250 just for the initial consultation. The chiro was $100 for the first 2 sessions and people told me great things about what just one adjustment had done for them, so I made my decision. (Acupuncture is still an option, but just seemed less likely to work… I know people swear by it, but I can’t quite get my head around how needles in my arm or whatever will help my stiff back.)
So, recap – she said it’s my SI joint, not sciatica. Basically it’s 2 joints somewhere in your low back that are supposed to be fluid and let you walk, but mine got tight somehow, probably from the lunges I tried to do at home a few weeks ago, plus being pregnant in general?
She did 4 adjustments, one in my back, one on each side of my hips, and one in my neck.
I was really wary about those, just having someone crack my body like that. Epecially the neck, yiiiiiiikes. I told her my concerns, and she assured me it was completely safe.
I’m extra paranoid because one of my close friends who’s had a lifetime of back problems, been to every kind of doc and specialist, and read countless books, said do NOT go to a chiropractor, they can cause more harm than good. And then told me a scary story about someone she heard about who had a stroke after an adjustment.
Soooo… I don’t feel much different, but am about to go to the gym to get in a short walk and try to loosen up. (Damn Minnesota, too icy to walk outside.)
My head does hurt a little though, and I’m not prone to headaches, so I’m still paranoid about the neck adjustment. And the sound was awful.
Ok, any opinions on this? Anyone been to physical therapy, chiropractor or acupuncture? I want to know it all, good and bad. I’m supposed to go in for a followup tomorrow afternoon and then she wants to see me twice next week. She said after that I should feel at least 50% better… I’m hopeful, but think I will refuse any more neck adjustments….