Back in January, the Frederick Triathlon Club speaker was Dr. Robert Staley of Family Chiropractic Center. I was under the care of a chiropractor some time ago, but stopped going after my insurance stopped covering that doctor. I decided to go and listen to Dr. Staley's presentation and evaluate if I thought I should pick up chiropractic care again.
Dr. Staley seemed knowledgeable about working with athletes and seemed to have a total body approach instead of a spine-only focus. I decided that I would give chiropractic care a shot and scheduled an evaluation appointment.
At the evaluation, Dr. Staley asked about my history and completed a spinal exam. I mentioned two concussions when I was younger, and two recent rear-end accidents along with occasional migraines which hinted towards the tightness in my neck. I was given a prescription for x-rays and told to schedule another appointment once I had the films.
Three months later, once the running-centric part of my season was over, I finally scheduled a follow-up appointment and brought in my films. The films showed a loss of curvature in my cervical spine (in fact, my cervical spine almost curves backwards), the misalignment of my spinous process between vertebrae (the spinous process should be stacked one on top of the other but instead mine are all over the place), and some change in some of the spinal spaces in my cervical spine. And right on cue, I was also terribly stiff around my neck and shoulders and suffering almost daily migraines. Ouch.
As of today I have been through four chiropractic adjustments. I have noticed some temporary relief from my neck and shoulder stiffness and my daily migraines have eased (the weekend and day off today definitely helped). After my adjustment on Thursday, Dr. Staley recommended how to correct my desk position at work to help ease the stress on my neck. He's planning on addressing the top several things that I do the most (i.e. sit at a desk, sleep, commute in my car, workout, cook) to help with the care of my spine and body which should improve my long term prognosis of great health.
So far so good. I'm still a bit skeptical about chiropractic care even though I experienced some results when I was last under care of a chiropractor. He was using a ProAdjuster and spent no more than 5 minutes with me doing simply the adjustment; no concurrent lifestyle improvements like Dr. Staley is doing. So, I'm keeping my mind open as I receive treatments. The three-per-week treatments are certainly cramping my workout style, though.
One Month Done
5 years ago