I feel like I’m still pretty young… Am I wrong? I mean, 31 is not THAT old is it? So I shouldn’t be waking up in the morning with neck and back pain all the time right?! Well lately that has been my reality.
In November I woke up one morning and could not turn my neck to the left, like at all. I was in so much pain. I have no idea why. I hadn’t done anything super crazy to cause an injury but I felt like I’d been hit by a truck.
Long story short, I had an x-ray done of my neck, went to the chiropractor for a few weeks and it slowly started feeling better.
Fast forward to the beginning of February and I had started exercising more regularly but certain exercises were causing a popping along my spine and then all of the sudden I woke up with a pain in my lower back and I couldn’t bend over. I eased up on the exercises and decided to see a different chiropractor.
She had come to our church and did a little class on health so I had talked to her briefly there and felt like we would be a good fit. Also, she had offered a free consultation and nerve testing to those that attended so what could it hurt right?
They did x-rays of my back this time. And then we went over my neck and back x-rays together.
So, first, here’s the x-ray of my neck.
The doctor said that my neck isn’t curved back like it’s supposed to be, that it’s started straightening out. The image below is what a neck curve is supposed to look like.
That’s a nice pretty curve right? Defintely not what mine looks like!
Below is my back x-ray. You can see that my spine is slightly curved to the left. It’s supposed to be straight. So that’s not great.
The doctor said that these things can be fixed and reversed. Over a 7 month period.
She would want to see me 3 times a week for 4 weeks and then once a week for the following 6 months. That’s a lot of appointments! And it wouldn’t be cheap.
So, I’m trying to decide if it’s worth it. Will all those adjustments really help? Is there something else I can do?
My husband thinks I should get the opinion of a primary care physician. Another family member suggested talking to a personal trainer to see if they think by working out and strengthening my muscles specifically in those areas, if that would help correct it.
So, what do you think? What would you do? Will it be worth it to put all the time and money into the chiropractor visits? Could I benefit more from working with a personal trainer?
All I know is I want the aches and pains and headaches to go away. I want to feel like my young 31 self! 🙂
Thanks for listening, or reading haha! I’d love to know what you think!