My 1st Chiropractic Appointment

As some of you have known from previous posts, I have been suffering from pain while running (sometimes while walking). I went to two different doctors, both of which have told me two different things.

For the first doctor, I was diagnosed with Sesamoiditis. The second doctor said it was Turf Toe. I followed all instruction, used crutches, rested, and took my anti-inflammatories. But did it work? Not really.

On Saturday, I ran for 5 miles and it went well, so I decided to run again on Sunday. Though my foot knee got jacked. My gait obviously changed and it was what caused the knee problems. The pain was almost unbearable, so I stayed off of it for the remainder of the day and all day Monday. Chilled with the pup for the most part (more on her later!!!).

Out of desperation, I decided to try something new: Chiropractic Therapy. I figured what the hell...nothing else worked nor did anyone seem to know exactly what was going on with me.

The office got me in super quick and did 3 different treatments.

  1. Electrotherapy - I got hooked up to some sticky pads at the knee, foot, and ankle which sent electric currents into the surrounding muscles. There was a buzzing/pulsing sensation that occurred and I got a feeling of warmth through out that area. It was a nice start, but the next treatment was my favorite!
  2. Deep Tissue Massage - The doc used a warm oil and rubbed deeply into the muscles of my foot and leg. She focused on the areas of pain and also paid close attention to the peroneal muscles as she suspected that was what was causing my knee issues. She definitely pressed hard, but it felt yummy!
  3. Crack-a-lack! Spinal Manipulation - Finally she ended it with a solid crack. She had me lay on my stomach as she took note of the tension in my body. She said that I hold the left side of my body tighter than the right. So she laid me in a way where she could crack the left side of my spine. It was so loud and scary, but it didn't hurt at all. 

She didn't want to do more than what was listed above because she wanted to make sure my body didn't get too sore from everything.  Honestly, I was little disappointed because I wanted more, but it was what it was.

On the way home, I felt tingling sensations through my left side and my spine just felt...different. I worried a little, but the more I thought of it, the more I realized how my left side felt relaxed. It made me laugh actually because I didn't know if it was all in my head.

Later that evening, I felt like I was extremely energetic and the endorphins in my body where flowing like crazy. Then I took notice to how I walked. It was different...the pain was dissipating. I was able to walk up and down the stairs as normal (this has been the most difficult thing in all of this).

I went for a run later that evening. I wanted to see if this truly helped. I went for 4 issues. I ran 5 miles tonight. Again, no problems. I took it slow and steady in both sessions. I didn't time it and focused on comfort.

I am not going to lie knee and foot are sore from both runs, but I am not in agonizing pain. I can still walk without pain and go up and down the stairs with little issue. It is the most relief I have had in weeks and I am hopeful again that the JFK 50 is in my future!

I have another appointment with my chiropractor on Friday, then every week or two thereafter until the JFK. I am very much looking forward to them! If one session did this much for me, I wonder what 2 can do!?

Have you ever been to a chiropractor? Did you think it was successful?

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