After nearly 8 hours of riding over the weekend, my neck, which I injured in a previous “stretching incident,”was getting sore. So I decided to go to a chiropractor recommended to me by another cyclist.
When I arrived, the first thing he did was explain to me the purpose & limitations of chiropractic work, which was nice, because apparently some chiros are pretty religious about their ability to treat EVERYTHING that can go wrong with your body.
After talking about that and discussing my injury, he ordered a couple of neck x-rays. When he showed them to me, I was immediately taken aback by the side view- before he could say anything, I gasped an “oh my gosh!”Ã‚ I noticed immediately that my cervical vertebrae were straight as a post! (the vertebrae of the neck should curve forward)
Luckily, everything else- space between the bones, etc.- looked great. He made three “adjustments” and instructed me to come back on Saturday and Monday. He feels that with a series of treatments, he’ll be able to get everything back into proper form, and I’ll only have to come back on an “as needed” basis.
So I went home feeling hopeful. It wasn’t until a few hours later that I realized how much my neck had affected my movements- I was in my car and turned to look behind me to back out of a parking space… only I did it without really turning my shoulders and body- only my head! I felt like an owl! I’m a little sore right now, but even more hopeful since I realized that so little can make such a difference. Updates to follow!