My mother was always ahead of her time when it came to health and wellness. When we were children, she insisted my brothers and me take quality vitamins, even though I was envious of my friends who took the Flinstones brand. She said they were basically just sugar and not worth taking.
I knew what aloe vera juice and gel were from the time I could talk. Again, it had to be high quality aloe juice, but we always had it on hand. It was taken when we were well and sick. The gel was from an aloe plant and used for burns or skin conditions. Local honey was mixed with lemon and taken for sore throats. All of this, and we didn’t even live in a compound — we were just “regular” kids living in a “regular” neighborhood.
Despite so many non-traditional health cures and preventative measures, none of us went to the chiropractor and I definitely remember my father saying chiropractors were not “real” doctors. For the record, he also didn’t practice my mother’s non-traditional alternative medicine and health measures. He was a “meat and three” type of guy, if there ever was one.
As an adult, I do remember my mother began seeing a chiropractor and she told me I should do the same. Since I felt fine, I saw no need.
You would think I would have thought about preventative care since I have always been a big proponent of vitamins and other natural cures for things.
When we got married and began having children, I developed what would become chronic neck pain. It usually started late in the afternoon and continued for hours. Of course icing it, resting it, or slowing down, was not something I could do —babies, toddlers and young children offer no sympathy and had to be cared for. After years of this almost daily pain, I finally went to a rather well-known orthopedist. At first he said I probably had arthritis. I was mortified since I was a young woman in good health.
After examining me and taking X-rays, he told me there was nothing wrong with me. While I was relieved I didn’t have arthritis, I still wanted an answer as to why I had neck pain. Did he think it was in my head? He offered to give me anti-inflamatory pills, but I declined not wanting a drug to fix my problem. He also said it was probably because I was always looking down at my computer or carrying children on my hip, both of which were true.
The pain continued for years, and I just dealt with it. Then, I happened to meet a lovely woman who just happened to be a chiropractor. I told her about my pain and of course, she suggested I come to her practice for treatment. I was nervous — I had no idea what to expect.
After taking X-rays and showing me how my spine lacked the curve it should have, I began getting adjusted three times a week. After a few months, guess what? I had no pain at all. None.
After five years, I am still a big fan and believer in chiropractic care. Obviously, you should seek out one you feel comfortable with, and of course, do your own research. But trust me when I tell you my results were real.
For a time, I stopped going due to my crazy schedule and a change in our insurance. After not going for awhile, my neck pain came back.
Not as severe, but I could feel that same old pain. I immediately got back on schedule with my chiropractic care routine and soon the pain was gone again. Now I try not to go a week without an adjustment and I typically feel great — all without taking any pills except vitamins.
Any time you can do something natural to heal yourself without medication, it’s always a beautiful thing.
Do you have a chiropractic testimonial to tell? I would love to hear from you if you do.
South Forsyth resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.