CarliAnn here! Recently I have begun visiting a chiropractor for misalignment issues, before this I was a skeptic. I work three jobs: dance for dance company, coach gymnastics to elementary-age kids, and serve/bartend at a restaurant. All of these jobs on their own are physically demanding. Together, they eventually led to a kink in my neck so intense that I couldn't turn my head to shoulder check while driving. Needless to say, I would have done anything for full mobility. When a co-worker suggested I go see a chiropractor, I thought "let's give this a try".
I should explain why I was a skeptic in the first place. Mainly it was from lack of knowledge and hearing the "horror" stories: "My friend's dance teacher suffered a stroke after going to the chiropractor."
From my research I have found that strokes from visiting the chiropractor are extremely rare, 1% in fact. The other concern I had was someone actually "cracking" my back and neck. I am not one to do that on my own so the loud sounds and discomfort that may occur was a concern for me.
After speaking with my chiropractor, he laid out more than one option for treatment. One choice could be the faster manual alignment option with the cracks and pops. The second option is a longer, more gentler sliding of bones back into alignment. After all of my concerns, believe it or not, I chose the first option. I learned that the cracks and pops are carbon dioxide being released that were trapped due to the misalignment of the skeleton and knots in the muscles. After knowing that, it made the loud sounds manageable. He also applied direct pressure to the knots in my back muscles to loosen up those tight areas.
Since my first appointment, I have been back to see my chiropractor a handful of times. The healing process begins right away, but going back to see him has helped keep the process going. I did need to ice at points in the day and before bed, due to the inflammation that was present from the initial injury. I feel more relaxed through my shoulders, back and neck than I have in a long time. It has made my dancing better, as well as my sleeping. While I am raving about chiropractic treatment, let me tell you a little bit more about it:
Chiropractic care involves hands on manipulation and other treatments to align the musculoskeletal structure, mainly joints and the spine. The purpose is to allow the body to heal from traumatic events such as falling or repetitive movement without medicine or surgery. Chiropractic care works mainly with the structure components of the body including: tendons, ligaments, bones, and cartilage. Complaints of headaches, leg or arm pain can also be resolved with the help of a chiropractor. Nerves can be pinched by misaligned bones or the swelling of the surrounding tissue. This can lead to sciatic nerve pain in the legs, shooting pain down the arms or headaches. For more information and for other dancer's views on their experiences, please check out the links below:
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CarliAnn & Ella