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Sep 22, 17, 06:13 AM #31
Sep 22, 17, 06:14 AM #32Nothing like a good adjustment
Sep 22, 17, 07:41 AM #33
I started going to a chiropractor 3 years ago because of excruciating pain which radiated down my left leg. My first visit x-rays were taken that revealed bone spurs on my lower 2 lumbar vertebrae that pressed on a nerve. Chiropractic medicine is not quackery, it works. It took a few weeks but today I go every other month for maintenance. I'm in no pain now but do exercises given to me by my chiropractor if I overdue between visits. Yes I was a skeptic at first but I'm reformed and give a to chiropractors.
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Sep 22, 17, 10:58 AM #38One thing that can have a big impact on your body is how you sleep. Considering that you're basically in a similar position for 6-8 hours, doing it as comfortably as you can will make a world of difference.
After never having any real issues sleeping, about 18 months ago I started developing a very sleep depriving issue with my arms tingling in the night, and would have to numerous times stand up and shake them out to get the circulation going properly.
It was that same feeling you get when your arm feels like it has fallen asleep from being in the same position for too long.
I couldn't understand why all of the sudden I was having this problem. I had just begun insulin injections, so I was suspicious that something about that was messing with me considering it had made me rapidly gain weight and develop high blood pressure. The doctors shook their heads like they've never heard of insulin interfering with sleep.
One nurse asked if I was happy with my pillow.
Truth is for years I've been using those memory foam type pillows, and what she said made me realize that the one I had been using had flattened over time, and was no longer as supportive as it used to be.
I began my search for a sturdy memory foam pillow, (as some are more supportive than others), and while at Walmart I came across a pillow that I was for certain was ridiculous and couldn't possibly be comfortable called the "Side Sleeper Pro".
Well for starters I am a side sleeper. This thing was shaped weird and not at all like a traditional pillow. It's more or less shaped like an uneven horse shoe where one side is a bit longer than the other.
It's comes with a removable cover that can be laundered which takes a bit of getting used to in putting it back on the odd shaped pillow.
To keep it fresh between washings, I spray it (as well as my sheets) every morning with my own homemade fabric refresher (that is pennies to the dollar as I make it with cheap yellow bottle Suavitel fabric softener, baking soda, and water in a spray bottle).
Immediately upon using this pillow my sleeping problems were over and done with.
The thing that I found remarkable is how I'm now able to sleep for hours comfortably in the same position without the pillow moving. I will sometime in the middle of the night turn over and sleep the other way for the rest of my sleep. The weird shape cradles your neck and head, and it's somehow more normal to the shape of your neck and head than a traditional pillow, (though by looking at it you might not think so).
I have now used this same pillow for 18 months, and was worried that it would soon flatten with its poly air-beaded filling, but I just fluff it up and redistribute the filling. I'm convinced that whenever I think it's seen its better days, I no doubt will get another one.
Everyone has their own rituals with sleeping that make them more comfortable. In addition to this side sleeper pillow, I for years have been using a body pillow which I cuddle like a person making sure to also have it between my legs to cushion my knees.
Other than having to get up in the night once or twice to leak, I pretty much sleep like a baby, and aside from a good comfortable nights sleep being good for your posture, it's just all around good for your health to making you stronger to avoid illness, and plenty of good sleep is healing for when you are ill.
Speaking of posture, a good desk chair means a world of difference if by chance you have to be in one all day long. Too much time in the wrong chair will mess you up.
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Sep 22, 17, 11:18 AM #39
Sep 22, 17, 11:25 AM #40Just stay away from the ones that are located next door to a law office.
Sep 23, 17, 07:00 AM #41
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Sep 23, 17, 07:15 AM #42
I don't know the statistics on this, but I know many people who have had back surgery that improved, but still have back pain to some degree. Neck and back pain are often chronic conditions with or without surgery.
The spinal column is a very fragile thing and can get out of alignment very easily. That's why some people go regularly for years. It makes them feel better and helps relieve chronic pain.
Sep 23, 17, 08:09 AM #43Highly recommend the Chiro Doc. I was told many years ago that I would "have" to have back surgery. That was over 30 yrs ago. I still run into my Ortho Doc and he always asks me "Did you ever have that surgery? Well, no I did not. I've learned how to take care of and treat my back pain as soon as the 1st sign hits me. When it's worse I just go back for a few Chiro visits and I'm back to normal. Also any neck issues they can take care of as well. The shoulder is a different animal! An aggressive massage therapist and ice worked best for me, along with some stretching exercises. Go to the Chiro! You'll be glad you did.
Sep 23, 17, 08:26 AM #44I've never been to a chiropractor but my brother has gone to one for years. Just doing some google research let's me know I'd rather trust my neck or back with real doctors. One report that I read said the cracking or popping of the joints was no more than gases being resettled in the joints when manipulated, same as one popping their knuckles. It doesn't realign anything. The cracking sound heard/felt by the patient gives a placebo effect within their body that something helpful has happened. Kind of a mind over matter effect. What the chiropractor is probably doing that makes many people feel better when they leave the office is no more than what an occupational therapist or other similar medical practices could do. If you went through a session with a professionally trained massage therapist your body would also feel much better after a visit....., for a period of time.
Also, some doctors believe there could be a risk of a stroke in some patients with certain type neck problems with the "realignment" procedures used by chiropractors.
Another complaint was that too many chiropractors are into the money grab thing, taking far too many x-rays than needed or selling products that are useless to the patient. In addition, they claim that their services can help with all kinds of ailments from high blood pressure to cancer, a too good to be true claim to begin with.
I'm sure that just like other job possessions there are good, average, and bad chiropractors. But a lot of what most do sounds like quackery to me, or no more than what a massage therapist could do. I'd rather trust my back or neck to the actual medical community. I would place the practice of chiropractory in the medical pseudoscience category.
Sep 23, 17, 09:34 AM #45