During the Persian Gulf War I was an Airman in the Air Force working in a warehouse, driving trucks, forklifts, and lifting heavy boxes. I hurt my low back then–was out of commission for about 3 months. The medical doctors did x-rays and tests, they put me through physical therapy, ice therapy, and electrical stimulation. They put me on light duty for months. It wasn’t until I got out of the military and was in massage therapy school that I had the ah-ha moment of chiropractic. I was in excruciating pain and my instructor said, your sacro-iliac joints are misaligned. You need a chiropractic adjustment.
It was miraculous. The next day I felt almost 100% better.
I have had to manage low back pain ever since . It’s a process and some days are better than others, but the tools I have developed over time to help are what I have shaped my life and occupation around.
- Eat good food. (Maintaining a good weight is definitely a factor in low back pain)
- Move it or lose it. (Exercise is imperative)
- Yoga-intentional stretching (I’ve been bad about this lately)
- Massage. (of course)
- And Chiropractic
I have gone to many chiropractors over the years, and always, when I go, I see clients I have referred there. I love trying out new chiropractors, but like any profession, it’s good to get a good referral.
Until recently I have paid cash for my chiropractic visits. That pay range has been between $35 and $55 a session. I’m not interested in getting on a program, and I’m not interested in the bells and whistles–heat, TENS units (especially since they re-use the stickers-yuck), ice, machine manipulation–I can do all that stuff on my own.
My son needed a couple chiropractic adjustments to help him recover from a soccer injury so I took him and used my insurance. 2 times to the chiropractor–$400. The adjustment itself was affordable, but all the bells and whistles were through the roof expensive.
I just want the adjustment.
And I told them that. I was getting adjustments there as well. And even though I stated very clearly that I was not interested in electrical stimulation or heat, my chiropractor ushered me to the treatment room after my adjustment anyway. The tech person took me into a room and showed me how to stretch my piriformis–I think I know that one by now.
It’s a money making machine. If insurance will pay hundreds of dollars for adjunct therapies, then everybody is getting them. This is so much what I dislike about our health care system. The system will pay it–so we’ll do it. It’s the difference between a $55 adjustment, and a $200 visit.
This is why health care is so expensive and inaccessible to the masses. It doesn’t make sense.
Frustration in that situation led me to seek out a friend I’ve known for 12 years but have never visited for services. Dr. Joanna Hudec. She has always been active in our community, attending race events, supporting the massage therapist community, teaching bodywork professionals.
She does a great adjustment, she listens to what my concerns are, she doesn’t give me unnecessary bells and whistles, and she cares about her community.
Effective adjustments. And, she takes insurance. Bonus!
If you are looking for a good chiropractor, go see them at Spine Sports and Rehab.
Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, former owner of I.M. Spa, registered nurse at a local hospital, Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 24 plus years, a massage therapy educator, and a gardener. She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.