In recent weeks, I’ve been experiencing a number of irritating symptoms. Well, I say “weeks”, but it’s been closer to two months! The first is when I wake up. Usually, first thing as I sit up in bed, I spend the first five to ten minutes feeling dizzy. This has been accompanied by headaches and a stiff neck, almost to the point where it’s been reducing the mobility of my neck and head. Where’s Dr. House when you need him?
Unfortunately, I was raised during that “unhappy medium” generation where one was expected to “suck it up” when experiencing symptoms that are considered minor, coupled with the period where visiting a doctor’s office became an all-day activity instead a of a fifteen-minute visit!
I should point out that any symptom that persists for more than about a week should be addressed by your family physician or medical practitioner. Even mild symptoms, like persistent headaches or dizziness, can be a sign of something serious. Most people are inclined to think, “Big deal, it’s just a headache…” But a headache isn’t a condition, it’s a symptom!
Enter my chiropractor! For those who may not know, a Chiropractor is a doctor who deals with the musculoskeletal structure, including the spine through hands-on manipulation. The idea is that proper alignment of those systems will allow the body to heal other outlying conditions without the need for surgery or conventional treatments.
Chiropractors have received a bad rap in some circles, in recent years. But lets be honest; there’s risk in any medical procedure, no matter how minor or serious. But I have to say, my chiropractor usually provides a significant level of relief from the pains I experience from, you know, training, karate, the excess strain on my spine from my work…
Yesterday morning, a ten-minute appointment resulted in relief. Once I explained where my back hurt, my doctor cracked the spinal column in ways that aren’t possible on one’s own. Almost as soon as he finished doing his adjustment, my neck and back felt scores better. I had a nap when I got home (one of my favourite hobbies) and I was pleasantly surprised when I got up and noticed that my head wasn’t spinning.
There are a variety of options for taking care of oneself, including massage therapy, chiropractor and acupuncture. Although considered “alternative medicine”, I can personally attest that they provide results for many conditions. But if you feel any pain or stiffness that doesn’t dissipate within days, have it looked after. Your body will thank you. ☯