The Lingering Pain in My Back…
I found out nearly ten years ago that I have a couple of herniated discs in my lower back. When I was first diagnosed I was dealing with grueling spasms and pain that made me pretty much worthless to do anything.
I decided not to get the suggested back surgery. I heard horror stories of back surgeries gone wrong and I was worried that something worse would come of it. Instead I picked up a consistent yoga practice that helped with my back pain (and really changed my life). I went years without “throwing my back out”, which was a relief.
Yet the pain lingered.
Lately this pain has climbed its way up my spine to my neck and shoulder areas. Unable to soften the screams from my body, I scheduled an overdue massage last weekend. This helped a lot.
The massage therapist suggested that I get a chiropractic adjustment. She said that when your bones are out of place that they can push on your muscles and cause pain. If I don’t correct the structural issues in place, then I will continue to have the same issues.
I hadn’t had a chiropractic adjustment in over a decade. But since the pain has become hard to ignore, I took her advice and made an appointment 🙂
I realized as I filled out the patient health history forms that I’ve just sort of learned to live with the pain.It’s always there. Sometimes worse then others.
Chiropractic Care, Endometriosis & Fertility
As I chatted with the chiropractor about my history and listened to him talk about the role of chiropractic in healing, I had an A-HA moment. Why had I never paid attention to the role of my back issues and endometriosis pain?
He reminded me that the nerves in your lower back feed into your reproductive organs. They also affect your large intestines, appendix and bladder.
Chiropractic care helps restore normal peristaltic motion, which is the muscular functioning controlled by your autonomous nervous system.
For those of us with endometriosis, peristaltic motion can become blocked, sending uterine tissue to the abdominal cavity as well as to the uterus.
Chiropractic can also help bring your pelvis back to proper alignment. In correction of structural issues in the pelvic region, he said that many women he treated were able to get pregnant.
Pelvic Misalignment, Endometriosis & Pain
I’ve felt like my body is a bit off-kilter for awhile now, as if my right side is longer then the other. Come to find out that I was right.
The chiropractor told me that my right leg sits about a third of an inch longer then the other! This, he said, has to do with my pelvis being out of alignment.
This got me to thinking…. the location of endo pain for me has consistently been on my right side. And my pelvis is tipped to the right. Connection? Seems so.
After a few pops and cracks up my back and a nice “Vampire Diaries like” crack of my neck, I left his office a bit bewildered. I’d spent years dealing with the pain in my lower back, now gravitating up my spine. By not addressing this was I just adding fuel to the fire?
In the days to follow, I’ve been pretty sore. He definitely woke something up in there. I’m hoping it’s worth it 🙂
On the Positive Side?
Seems that a lot of ladies with endometriosis have had positive experiences with chiropractic care, even if only for a short time.
I certainly have hopes that both of these cases will be true for me too 🙂
What about you…. have you tried chiropractic care? What was your experience like?
I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below….