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Thursday, April 17, 2014

In 61 years I've never been to a chiropractor, but started going two weeks ago. I'm sold!! It's so helpful and I'm feeling better.

1. I'm thinking more about my posture, especially with keeping head located over spine, instead of jutting forward like a turtle. (Isn't that what we look like when we sit at the computer? Our heads come forward. He said today that the average human head weighs about 10-11 pounds. He said to imagine 5 lb bags of sugar--two of them, perched above your spinal column. They can either be supported by the strong backbone--good alignment---or they can jut forward creating pain in all those places. You got it….back of neck, shoulders.

2. He's much more interested in maintaining a healthy body through nutrition and good supplements, rather than prescription drugs. He's not against prescriptions, he just thinks that we can minimize their use if we take care of ourselves.

3. He's working on great gut bacteria (eewwww!). Probiotics are great, magnesium is essential. But those yucky foods (sugars, processed foods, too much white wheat) just crowd out the good bacteria. Eating sugar, or foods that immediately turn into sugar in your body, is a lot like throwing fertilizer all over the bad bacteria in your gut. Then the good ones don't stand a chance. In just 2 weeks, my insides feel a lot happier---all from probiotics and magnesium and watching the diet.

4. I've been doing exercises that are harmful to me (with a lumbar area that is practically straight instead of curved, and arthritic deterioration going on.)
---kettle bells are out for now.
--lifting bar bells is not good for me
--seated hand weight exercises are good. I can bicep curl or overhead press 20 pounders, but I shouldn't lift that from the ground.
--planks, pushups are good
--Yoga back bridge is fantastic--strengthens core and glutes and is spine friendly. Planks are fine.
--sit-ups, crunches, even bicycles for abs ---all not good for now

I've often wondered why my strength exercise program is so stop-and-go. I keep hurting myself, then take a few days to recover, then those few days turn into a month (whoops.) I've got to exercise more intelligently. Walking, biking, and elliptical (all of which I love) are completely fine for aerobics. Even swimming isn't good for me, even though in general swimming is great for arthritis. Too much pressure on the shoulders and neck. Maybe later.

Anyway, it's a real eye-opener to me to have a doctor that is so focused on nutrition and wellness. I do love my regular doctor too, but it's refreshing to have somebody try to figure out the problem rather than immediately writing another prescription.
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    I'm so glad that things are moving in the right direction for you!! Thanks for sharing what you've learned (and the Goodie too!!)

    Happy Easter!

    2474 days ago
    Thanks for sharing my friend. I am thinking that this is going to really help me, as well as you.

    2476 days ago
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    Beth, I'm just so glad that you have some relief. I remember how bad you were feeling before! I can hear the relief in your voice in your blogs!

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    2476 days ago
    I've been to a chiropractor before for pinched nerves in my neck, and it's amazing how quickly I had relief.

    I really need to work on my posture too, especially when sitting at the computer.
    2476 days ago
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    I haven't ever been to a chiropractor but your care sounds awesome! If it works and you feel better, wtg! I have a couple of friends that have been going for years and they love it. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2476 days ago
    Never been to a chiropractor. I am wondering, though, if the relief is only temporary, as many say they have been going for such a long period of years. emoticon
    2476 days ago
  • FLYER99
    Hello. I've been going to a chiropractor for over 10 years with lower back (lumbar area) issues complicated with some osteosrthritis. However, until I found my new chiropractor about 2 years ago the first one didn't do much for me. My current one is awesome. He got my back in the best shape it has been in for years. Now I see him regularly every 6 weeks to 2 months for a "checkup".

    However, like you, there are certain exercises I just can't do. After trial and error and with my chiropractor's help, I now know what I can and can't do. Like your chiropractor, mine also is into natural medicines and vitamins.

    Chiropractors tend to get a bad rap, especially from MD's, but no MD has helped my back and spine issues - only my chiropractor has helped with that.

    Good luck with your back issues!
    2476 days ago
  • MICKEYJ1961
    Glad to hear the chiro is working for you. I love my chiropractor. He has been a huge help with my hip and shoulder problems, and has given great advice about proper body alignment when standing, sitting, lying down, or exercising. Some of the other things he says I take with a grain of salt, but he has been such a lifesaver with my main issues that it is worth it. Best wishes for continued good health.
    2476 days ago
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