On Tuesday, I finally had another homework assignment and this one I saw coming - neck stretches. Three times per day at 30 seconds per stretch means 7.5 minutes of time out of my day to improve the flexibility of my neck and surrounding muscles/tendons/ligaments. I have already noticed a difference in the ROM of the stretches so improvement is being made quickly. Since the stretches are easy enough to do seated at my desk, I have no excuse not to do them while working, watching TV, right after dinner, etc.
After an extremely long and challenging day at work on Wednesday, I had a twinge of pain on the left side of my head. I believe it was trigged by 50% stress and 50% dehydration, so I worked on my pressure points to try and relieve the ache and made sure to drink extra water. I had enough relief that I was generally pain-free during my drive home, but I knew the my migraine was still lingering when I went to bed. I woke up the next morning, and as expected, the pain was still there. I grabbed an ice pack and placed it on the back left side of my head and relaxed while I work my points again and drank some water. About 15 minutes later, the pain was gone for good. While this migraine didn't depart on its own, I was able to relieve it without medication and that makes me very happy.
And for my last appointment this week (I was expecting this too), Dr. Staley dropped me to two adjustments per week. His original plan was six weeks of three/week then six weeks of two/week then finally six weeks of one/week, but I am well ahead of schedule so there's no need to keep to that original plan. My body has always healed quickly so I'm not surprised that given the rough state I was in when I started chiropractic care, that I've already improved more than the doctor's expectations. Plus, I am willing to make some lifestyle changes including desk position modifications and stretching because I enjoy good health, so that definitely aids the in-office care I receive.
Now that I'm down to two appointments per week, I really need to put together my training plan and get moving.