Once again my back has decided to remind me its back there. Pain got bad enough last week that Friday I broke down & went to the chiropractor. Being a little naive about chiropractic care I thought it would be crack crack & away you go feeling hopefully a little better. Nope I got a full on exam & x-rays. A follow up appointment was made for Monday & away I went.
Over the weekend I tried to not doing anything to make my back hurt worse. Mostly do nothing, use some ice, & get Amber to massage my lower back some. Most of this helped & by this AM my back was somewhat feeling "normal" . Normal for my back is pretty sore mostly with a constant bearable pain being present. More on this in a bit.
My chiropractor visit started with the Dr. going over my x-rays & saying yes your back is jacked, just not that jacked. Hopefully with some work it can be better but since I'm getting older & I've put treatment off for so long probably 90-95% is all I can ever expect. Which right now would seem freaking awesome!
Today the Dr. used some activator method of manipulation (seems like complete hoakem to me) & some electro stimulation ( from past use this works). I'm happy this chiro is more PT oriented than manipulation. After the electro stim they sprayed me with Biofreeze. I felt better after but I'm thinking this was more electro Stim & Biofreeze (Amber has access to this at work & shes not a big fan). That said Wednesday when I go back I think I'll skip the Biofreeze to see if there is a difference.
Several hours later & my back isn't killing me. Maybe this course will get me to where I can not have to be crippled 80% of the time. The immediate course of treatment is 2x/week for 3 weeks, then 1x/week for an additional 3 weeks. When I saw this on the sheet my first thought was wow I guess my insurance does cover chiropractic (turns out it does, coincidence?) Regardless I'm going to follow the plan for a change. After I'm out of the cripplng back pain phase I'm going to get some PT type stuff, core work, flexibility. All things I know I need.
In fact this spring I half assed core & flexibility & I went awhile with out back pain. Go figure. Guess its time to quit half assing & do it right. I'll see how it goes then figure out a "training plan". For now it looks like little to no running & limited biking. Bang for buck that means trainer I guess. With it being a 1000 degree seems best anyway. Going to put a real crimp in me breaking 17:29 before I'm 40 though.