I don't know about you, but I'm a firm believer in chiropractors. Each to their own, I know, we all have our certain preferred methods of healing. Some swear by Ayurvedic medicine, others modern medicine, acupuncture, the list goes on. But if you ask me, I think chiros are the coolest thing since sliced bread, I simply adore them.
The first time I ever went to a chiropractor I was 4 years old and I had severely strained my neck.
I remember being in complete distress, normally so active and rambunctious, I couldn't move my neck to the left or the right more than a few degrees. My parents took me to see their chiro in Oakland. I was nervous beyond belief.
I timidly hopped on the table while he poked and prodded my upper body, accessing the problem as gently as he could. I didn't like him twisting my head and the only remedy at the time they could come up with were dangling stickers before me. I was a sucker for them, and once me held them in front of me, a little to the right, I glanced in their direction and BAM, he had adjusted my neck in one fell swoop.
Cheeky devil! The second side was a bit of a war because then I knew EXACTLY what was coming. Before I knew it, I was fixed. I remember walking out of the office triumphantly, parading to the car admiring my stickers, a trophy for being "such a brave girl."
I have gone to a chiro ever since. I usually go for maintenance or if I have a particular problem that I need addressed. When I found out we were moving Down Under, I hoped and prayed that I could find a good chiro that I trusted. Lucky for me, I did find one who did an excellent job and was local to boot.
After my first adjustment and assessment he recommended an XRAY, and I thought, "Why on earth would I need one of those?" From what he could see, I'm losing the curve of my cervical spine. Dread, fear, anxiety- (all of the above really) started rising up to the surface..... But I'm a YOGA TEACHER, I need to be able to move my body. I'm only 30, what am I going to go when I'm OLD? Arthritic neck... no way. Can't it be fixed? Will I ever do a headstand again...?
Since I don't like CT Scans, MRI's or XRAYS, I opted out of a voluntarily dose of radiation. I need to do stretches to loosen the muscles above my collar bones to avoid them from pulling my neck forward. I simply need to roll a towel, place it under my neck and gently hang my head off the the edge of my bed for a few minutes a day.
I'll keep stretching, loosening and lengthening my body as best I can. Yoga is therapeutic and can help fix a myriad of ailments, this I know. I just hope that I'll be able to fix or alleviate this problem and prevent a very painful future of having an arthritic neck.
Yo, I'm Erica
I'm Erica: a globe trotting Pinterest addict, sushi enthusiast, craft beer drinker, yogini, wife and mum.... not in that order.