Updated: Dec 2, 2022
On October 8th of 2022 I was at a CERT field training exercise. I was one of 4 volunteers that was assigned to pick up a "wounded" man and carry him out of a "burning" building to the triage area outside. I appropriately squatted and picked up the stretcher by using mostly my thigh strength....or so I thought.
About half way up out of the squat position I heard a loud pop like a gun had gone off. I fell to my knees and the Captain told me I was out and someone else took my spot. Not wanting to completely quit I managed to ignore the pain until the Captain met with us as a group and we were released to go home.
The drive home was excruciatingly painful. So what happened? Long story short - I have compressed disks in my lower back. It was so bad that I went to Scripps Walk-in Urgent care for x-rays. The ER Doc came in and assumed that I was looking for oxycodone for said "back pain" - Side note... I do not and cannot use any opioid! But that's a story for another day.
My regular MD viewed the x-rays called it a collapsed disk and prescribed physical therapy. I waited a few weeks before I started PT and during that time was ever so slowly improving. Unfortunately PT set me back to the beginning through no fault of the Physical therapist. He was patient and knowledgeable - (not to mention, pretty darn cute!
I can say that because I'm old enough to be his mother - ha!) It just wasn't what I needed at that time. My back had not healed enough to withstand the exercises.
So I went in a different direction.
This is when I turned to the above healing modalities.
My first visit was with Dr. Godfrey. He does not use manual manipulation - he uses an activator - and spent about an hour with me. He also has a table that stands up then lowers it so I didn't have to climb on the table for treatment. That first visit gave me some relief. I still need a few more visits with Dr. G. to get back to normal.
On my first visit with Lars at HWC I couldn't get out of the chair without him helping me up. He even had to put my shoes on because I could not bend down to reach them without causing severe pain. The first treatment caused a reduction in the pain.
My second visit at HWC was with Rachael. She still helped me with my shoes, but I was able to get out of the chair on my own even though I still had some pain. Awesome progress with just two treatments.
I have set myself up with recurring visits with the above specialists because of the noticeable improvement, all medication free!
Bottom line is - These alternative treatments work! These three therapists are highly skilled! They keep their treatments affordable because they want us to reap the benefits of quality, effective treatments. I always come away feeling better than I went in.
I recommend them as your first line of defense when dealing with a physical injury that isn't life threatening. (Although as a side note: Dr. Godfrey did save my life one time, but that's a story for another post)
Then the icing on the cake to speed healing is to go outside, lay on the grass, dirt, or beach....and simply look up!
Photo by: J Santino - San Diego