Do You Have Good Bone Health?

If you said yes, is that a guess, or do you know for sure? Because I found out this week that my bones are in a bit of trouble. Scary, but I’m so glad I found out now, rather than later.

Here’s the story: I have had a severe pain in my neck for over a week now.  As a holistic health coach and trained yoga instructor, I was doing all the right things, or so I thought. But after the pain became worse and turned into a full-blown back spasm, I was forced to look deeper. When the body talks, we MUST listen! And I did. I realized it had been a few months into the 24/7 sciatic nerve pain (completely unrelated to the surgery I had last year) I had been experiencing, and I admitted: I needed professional help, STAT!

So I went to see a chiropractor.

And I’m so glad I did! Not only did I get to the root of my neck and back pain, but my new chiropractor, Dr. Lindy M Johnson of In-Line Chiropractic in Cypress, TX, had an actual conversation with me. You know, the kind where you actually talk about your life, get emotional, and the other person looks you in the eye with empathy, mutual respect, and offers encouragement? Yep, that really happened.

Me and my chiro-doctor, having a real live chat about my life. I told her about how I’ve had mysterious aches and pains for a while now.  She listened intently.  Then Dr. Lindy told me something that opened up Heaven’s Pearly Gates to my heart and soul: she said she really likes to get to the root of the issue with her patients. She doesn’t just treat the symptoms, she wants her patients to get WELL. She told me, “Venus, you’re in your prime of your life! You don’t have time for neck and back pain!” {Amen, 2 Soul Sistah finger snaps, and several high fives to you, Dr. Lindy!}

Damnit, I agree! Heck, I’m 41, and I’m with Dr, Lindy on this: a woman’s prime is in her 40s – 60s, maybe even up to her 70s!

I have too much living to do – no time for neck pain, back spasms, and sciatic nerve flare ups every time I want to work out. I’m a Modern Goddess mentally, emotionally, spiritually, but truth is, my body has felt out of whack for some time now. It seemed every time I would try to work out, some muscle would scream bloody murder. I began to wonder, along with my holistic health coach friends, if I was subconsciously doing this to myself, even after all the mind+body+spirit work I have been doing. And that made me sad. Well, after my visit today with Dr. Lindy, I have good news and bad news.

The bad news is…I WAS doing more damage every time I worked out. It didn’t matter whether it was yoga, walking, cardio with my favs Jillian Michaels, Rodney Yee, Sean Corn, or Shaun T Insanity (via DVD or iTunes), or whether I just sat at my desk working all day long. The fact is, my neck is more straight than curved, and that’s not normal. My spine and shoulders are out of alignment too. And Dr. Lindy says these young bones of mine were only going to get worse. (gulp.) Makes perfect sense to me, as I’ve had a few physically traumatic incidents in life, including really bad bicycle and car accidents.

Every time I stood or sat, it put a constant strain and pressure on my spinal cord. And that just created a domino effect of all kinds of nasty.

This made my muscles really frustrated…and even angry at times.  You already know this: anger is such a low vibration emotion.  Have you ever been frustrated after trying everything you know, after giving it your all, but still feel like you’re getting nowhere? No matter what I tried, whether is was warming up, stretching, using essential oils, sitting in a sea salt or apple cider vinegar whirlpool bath, or getting a massage, meditating, self-reiki, although I would feel better for a while, nothing lasted.

But I wouldn’t give up. I kept on trying, searching, looking for a way to get my body back into balance, feel strong, and release the aches and pains.

Remember that AAA quote about doing the same thing over and over again, how that’s the definition of insanity?

Yep, that was me. AND…despite my natural “happy go lucky” demeanor, you can guess what a Crabby Patty I must have turned into at times.  Thanks Hubby for being there for me, for all your wonderful back rubs, I promise to make it up to you! 🙂

The GOOD news?

Because I reached out for help to my amazing soul sister tribe of women friends (who encouraged me to see a chiropractor),  it led me a great meeting and life intervention with my new chiropractor, Dr. Lindy.  I have affirmation that my subconscious is all good. And Dr. Lindy says my condition is completely reversible, but it will take aggressive approach: several treatments per week until we see results, then scale it down to 1-2 treatments per month. I will need a lifetime of chiropractor visits to keep my bones in good shape from now on. And you know what? That’s just fine with me. So, you may be asking, what does this all mean for you?

Why did I share this experience?

Well, the moral of my story is, I don’t want you to suffer needlessly as I did. I probably could have resolved this long ago. But for whatever reason, it didn’t click to go see a chiropractor. The way I see it is, just like we need dentists for strong, long-lasting, healthy teeth, we all need a good chiropractor’s care to make sure we have good bone health. Poor alignment, nerve issues, headaches, stress on our spinal cord, back pain, all these things can manifest in so many ways, and instead of just treating it with guesswork (like me), you really deserve to get to the root of the issue quickly, so your body can heal itself.

There’s no need to suffer or put your health at risk by taking toxic pain killers, if there’s a healthier remedy. If you have never seen a chiropractor, I highly recommend you schedule an appointment today!

I’d LOVE to hear from you! Do you have a horror story like me, where you endure pain and then a heavenly chiropractor arrived with shiny stars, pink bubbles, and unicorns, gave you an alignment, and made all your aches and pains go away? Also, if you enjoyed this story and think you know someone who will love it too, please pass it on. My neck and back thank you! (Imagine me bowing gracefully – and painlessly.)