I’ve been going to Live Well Family Chiropractic in Ajax for the past few weeks, the result of severe knee pain I’ve been suffering with since early 2015: what my doctor diagnosed as patella femoral pain syndrome. He had recommended that I go to for physiotherapy, which I did for months without much of a positive change. I was still in chronic pain and often unable even to walk; I did more complaining about the pain I was in than actually noting any significant improvement. Because of this, I stopped the physio and decided to just stop exercising, stop moving more than I needed to, and just hope for the best. It’s not to say that physiotherapy doesn’t work for everyone though. It just didn’t prove to be beneficial for me and my pain. My friend had to go to physiotherapy too and she managed to find a professional in her area through Avaana and she had nothing but great things to say about the service she received and she is well on the road to recovery now. It’s just a shame that I had to stop physio and exercise to see if this would make a difference.
Well, it didn’t. In fact, it just got worse.
Flash forward to this summer when my mom, also not in good shape, reached her peak of pain — the result of an accident from 2014 — and found herself referred to the Live Well Family Chiropractic office desperate to feel normal again. I was with her for her initial consultation and watched how Dr. Tara and the whole team determinedly set forward on making her feel better as quickly as possible. Within a few days, I could already see that she was feeling much better, so much so that she’s fit chiropractic care into her busy weekly schedule as often as possible. Seeing how much it helped her, as well as hearing how so many ‘traumas’ from our daily lives can effect our bodies so negatively, I thought that maybe this would be the solution for my knee pain.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally made my own consultation appointment and got my X-rays done. It never occurred to me how my childhood issues — tonsil removal at the age of three, ear tubes at the age of five and ear infections my entire life, and lack of coordination — all were manifestations stemming from the torticollis I had at birth. Of course, regular wear and tear of life just worsened the problem, leading to the issues I have today: including my knee issues, tight hips, and so forth. I’ve gone through three adjustments since my initial consultation and I swear to you, the three days in a row when I went for adjustments, I had no severe knee pain. After the first day, I felt perfect for about four or five hours, and then experienced some soreness afterward (but nothing like the intense pain I usually feel). I went the following day and the day after that for additional adjustments and my knees haven’t hurt since. I have some soreness in my neck and back, but it’s the good kind of sore you feel like after a good workout. I’m now rolling forward with the recommended plan Dr. Tara has set up for me, and I’m so excited to be heading toward the path to wellness. I joke about one day being flexible enough (and coordinated enough), as well as pain free to become a professional ballet dancer, but in all seriousness, I’d love to be able to have those things and be able to take some ballet classes for fun.
Whether with Ajax’s Live Well Family Chiropractic, or a chiropractic clinic in your own vicinity, I would highly recommend you visiting whether you’re feeling pained or not. As a psychology graduate, I know from years of courses on neurology and the functioning of the spinal cord just how crucial it is to have your nervous system in optimal health. It really does effect everything, because it’s in control of everything.
I’m a huge believer in maintaining my health and wellbeing naturally, and in all honesty, chiropractic care seemed about a billion times better than having to take an endless supply of pain meds, or even having to consider surgery to fix my knee problem. This is the healthy, most sensical solution to optimal health.
Have you ever used chiropractic care for any physical ailments? If so, what benefits have you seen? Let me know in the comments below!