I Got Cracked and Have Kept Going Back

Chiropractors. Most people love 'em or hate 'em. And for many years, I was not a fan — that is, until recently.

In college, I had a nasty experience when I went to see a chiropractor for back spasms. The bad experience actually had nothing to do with the adjustments and everything to do with customer service.

After seeing the chiropractor for months, my back had not improved. I wanted to start seeing a physical therapist (PT), but the chiropractor discouraged against it. (Big red flag.) Once he gave me the referral, I began to exclusively see the PT — against the chiropractors orders. And my back problems went away.

But I had to return to the chiropractor to have him sign some insurance papers, and that’s when things went downhill. He actually yelled at me for deviating from his treatment plan (of just seeing him). The entire experience was enough to make me write off chiropractors for about 10 years...

It’s a hamstring issue that forced me to give a good “cracking” a try again. For the past several months, I’ve tried everything from massage to yoga to stretching to get my right hamstring muscle to release, but nothing has helped.

Although I haven't been a fan of chiropractors, I've always thought that seeing someone who keeps your skeleton in good shape probably needs to be a part of a wellness approach. I mean, what’s the point in getting a massage to relax your muscles, if your screwed up skeleton is just going to pull them back into odd places?

After hearing from multiple, athletic people — including Nancy, my massage therapist at Village Health — that I should probably give the chiropractor a shot, I caved. My boyfriend suggested that I see his chiropractor, Dr. Craig Aaron, of Aaron Chiropractic Center in Marietta, so I did.

Dr. Aaron, co-creator of the “Yoga for the Regular Guy” program, is easy to interact with, and since he has regularly worked with professional athletes (see the gallery of photos), I feel like he knows what he’s talking about. During my first visit, Dr. Aaron moved my various limbs around as he looked at my range of motion and body alignment. He did a few back adjustments and showed me some new stretches to try for my hamstring issue.

Dr. Aaron told me that the only thing he noticed was that one hip sat a little higher than the other, which is something I’ve heard before. So that could be contributing to my hamstring problem.

By the end of the appointment, I had a greater range of motion in my hamstring. The best way to describe how I felt after being worked on is relaxed. The only downside is that about an hour after leaving the first visit, I got a bit of a headache, which could have been because of the neck adjustment — or the fact that I had not been adjusted for 10 years. I can tell you that on my next visit, I told Dr. Aaron about the headache, so he didn’t do the same movements on my neck. And I didn’t get a headache.

After two visits, I do feel better. (And thankfully, Dr. Aaron’s practice takes my insurance, so I’m not completely paying out of pocket.) The funny thing is that the pain in my hamstring has shifted a bit, but it’s not as intense as it was before. Also, I did get a massage after the first visit and Nancy said that she felt an improvement in the area. So I'm feeling optimistic and will likely start to integrate adjustments into my wellness routine. 

At this point, I’m not positive that seeing Dr. Aaron is an absolute “fit,” but I know it’s sure not a “miss.” Thank you, Dr. Aaron, for reminding me that all chiropractors aren’t jerks — and that it's good to get "cracked" every once and awhile. 

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