Thursday, December 01, 2005

ADJUSTMENT

I dropped Bailey off at the groomer yesterday and on the way back home I decided to park near the golf course go “skiing” for a while. Skiing is in quotes because I haven’t skate-skied in 3 years and my form is terrible – especially going up hills. We received another inch or two of snow overnight, so I had to do a little trail blazing, which didn’t help matters. Once I got to where the other skiers had packed down a trail the day before, it was a lot easier. I skied for about 35 minutes before calling it a day. If nothing else, my triceps got a great workout.

Later in the afternoon I headed out for another 10 mile trail run. My left knee hurt off and on during the run. Nothing severe, just a dull pain that would come and go. I’m not sure if it’s from mileage, footing, wearing Yaktrax, skiing or a chiropractic adjustment I got on Wednesday.

About 10 years ago I was playing basketball and tried to block a guys shot, rolled on/off his back and landed on the back of my neck. I went to a chiropractor for a few months, but haven’t seen one in 9-10 years. Recently my mother-in-law saw a Doctor that practices a form of treatment called NUCCA – National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. Since she offered to pay for my initial visit, I decided to take her up on the offer. I haven’t been having any pain, but I know “things” are out of whack.

It turns out one leg is shorter than the other. That’s something I suspected because I feel myself leaning to my left as I run. Something I found really interesting was getting weighed with each foot on a different scale. One side of my body actually weighs 8 pounds more than the other. X-rays showed that my body was a zig-zag, with my head leaning one way and my spine the other. She said the off-set each other very well and that’s why I don’t have any symptoms – at least for the time being. She gave me an adjustment and then took another set of x-rays to show me the difference. Now I go back in a week and a half to see if the adjustment “held.” I’ll keep you posted.

6 comments:

Susan said...

I'm very interested to see how your next visit is . . . eight pounds - that's amazing.

Chad Austin said...

She said 8 lbs was at the end of the acceptable range and said she'd seen people with a 20 lb difference. I think I'd just run in circles with that big a difference.

Thomas said...

What did she do to you to give you that adjustment?

Chad Austin said...

Thomas, I laid down on my left side and she pressed down about 25 times just behind my right ear lobe. Then I went into a relaxation room and sat in a recliner for 15-20 minutes.

Double said...

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Chad Austin said...

What about preventative maintenance?