I went to the chiropractor for the first time. I’ve debated about going for years and since people always ask my opinion on chiropractors I thought it was something I should try. Although, I wouldn’t have tried it unmotivated.  Really, though, the tale is rather uneventful.

I went to Gina Carucci in Rocky Hill because she came recommended from multiple people, both clients and colleagues. What finally pushed me there was some remnants of chostocondritus (see earlier blog…I pretty much whined about it all winter). While I’d made huge progress with time, ice, anti-inflammitories, Pilates and massage, there was still a general mild ache that wouldn’t go away. It was an ache I could have lived my whole life with but didn’t want to.

I went. She made some adjustments and I found instant relief. Now I will say, one thing that actually encouraged me to try chiropractic was a great sports medicine doctor (Dr. Czarnecki in Glastonbury). He had done what I imagine is something like an adjustment to me before and I’ve also had instant relief.  Full disclosure:  I love being poked, prodded, pulled and moved around.

I’m not sure it’s so instant for everyone.  I think I was able to see results so quickly because I’m youngish, I’m dealing with a new issue that I caught early, I do Pilates and am very active, I know my body really well, and I get massages about once a month. If you’re dealing with a chronic issue that you’ve had for years, adding movement, massage or chiropractic might take longer to unravel. Every body is different.

I went for about six to eight sessions. I’ll go back if things get aggravated, but it’s not something I have to do for the rest of my life, and I wasn’t pressured or pushed to keep coming indefinitely.

I can recommend Gina Carucci. If she isn’t in your area, here are some tips to finding the right chiropractor for you if you decide that is the right option for you:

  • Go to someone recommended from someone you trust
  • Be clear and honest about what makes you comfortable or uncomfortable. If you don’t want them to crack something a good chiropractor will listen and has other tricks up their sleeve
  • For real results you need movement or exercises to go along with the chiropractor appointments.
  • Trust your body. You know it better than anyone.