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Getting Adjusted

Last night I went to a chiropractor for the very first time ever in my life. Tonight I'm going back again.

You see, I ended up getting a free consultation after having some tests done at the guy's booth at the Health Fair last weekend (where I'd taken my mom and grandparents to get flu shots). According to his tests (which included standing with each foot on a different scale, and standing in front of a series of vertical coloured strings) I am 11 pounds heavier on my right side, and my spine and neck are seriously messed up. I figured, what the heck? I'll go in and see what he's got to say.

So, I went. He did a few more tests along my spine with electrodes or something, and came up with the computer equivalent of the coloured string test I'd taken previously. It seems my spine is curving slightly to the right (very likely caused by my incorrectly placed computer mouse at work; I just figured that out right now!), and my neck is a bit out of sorts as well. I also have a hump between my shoulders (which I already knew about, although I was previously told by another medical professional it was just a large lipoma, or fatty tissue tumour, whereas it's actually a "dowager's hump" - a bone-on-bone deformity - and NOT something that can be fixed with a little liposuction, dammit!), which we can't do anything about except work on preventing it getting worse.

Then I laid down on the table - and for those of you who've been to a chiropractor will know what I'm talking about - and he manipulated my spine, causing loud pops and snaps which were a little disconcerting, but not painful at all. Then I flipped over onto my back and he massaged and manipulated my neck, and before I knew it, he snapped it right then left - the latter causing not only a loud sharp SNAP, but also made my ears ring! Apparently this is a good thing all this popping and snapping - it means my vertebrae are getting put back into place. However, they won't likely stay that way, and I'll have to return for several more visits in order to correct the problems I already have.

I'm sure some of you are thinking I've been taken in by a quack, and maybe I have, but I've decided to go for it and see if anything can be done to fix the damage that years of poor posture have done. Who knows? Maybe I won't be as achy when I get up in the morning. Maybe I won't get as fatigued as I do now. Maybe I'll stand up straighter. We'll see.