Last week my column, First Visit to a Chiropractor Adjusted Her Opinion, focused on my first chiropractic appointment. Due to the high cost, I started seeing a different chiropractor at a wellness center run by my husband’s employer. Chiropractic care is one of the many treatment options offered free of charge. Other services include physical therapy and acupuncture.
During my first appointment, my new chiropractor explained how manipulation can cause soreness. This can cause a flare in people with fibromyalgia. He also explained that during the manipulations toxins are released. This may make you to feel ill for a day or two afterward.
We discussed many of my underlying health issues. I suffer from carpal tunnel in my right arm. I have chronic neck, shoulder, back and hip pain. My knees are shot. Frankly, I’m a mess! He said “Don’t worry because I can fix all that.” He all but guaranteed he will have me dancing again. I’m optimistic, but still have a few doubts.
Just like my first adjustment, there were a lot of loud, cracking noises going on. It seems like it should hurt, but it really doesn’t. Because I was uncertain as to how the manipulations would feel, my body tensed before each one. The fear of pain was present and hard to shake.
After he was finished working me over, we discussed his recommendations for an ongoing treatment plan. He thinks once a week would be best, which is far less aggressive than the prior chiropractor’s recommendation of three times a week.
He also recommended I begin physical therapy. I should start in the heated pool, available free of charge, at the wellness center. Exercising with my knotted up muscles, and painful joints is very difficult, and has caused many fibro flares over the years. When I’m in the pool, my muscles and joints will be supported by the water. I will be able to move more freely; using the resistance of the water to strengthen my joints and muscles.
The first meeting with the doctor went very well, but I felt ill the next two days. I had a minor flare and the toxins got to me a bit, but it wasn’t enough to deter me from a second appointment.
My second appointment was amazing. I felt great when I jumped off the table. I was energetic, which is something I don’t experience very often. I could reach above my head and behind my back without excruciating pain. Not only do I have more range of motion in my arms and shoulders, but I even have a little swing in my hips when I walk.
Everything was wonderful, until the next day. I went into a major flare that lasted three days. After my third visit, the same thing happened, so I had a conversation with my doctor about it. I love the results of the adjustments, but I’m not loving side effects. Will I continue to experience this, or will it get better over time?
My doctor is confident that my fibro flares should lessen over time. My range of motion should continue to get better and my pain should lessen. After only four adjustments, I see a major improvement. The fibro flares are worth dealing with as long as I continue to make progress. I plan to continue weekly treatments as long as necessary. I am hopeful that I will be able to dance again soon!
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