In all my years, I never really gave much thought about chiropractic and was always on the fence whether it was beneficial or not. I used to tell myself that maybe I should go see one but then I never really had a reason to go – or so I thought. A few months ago, I strained my lower back muscle while inappropriately lifting a barbell off the gym floor that didn’t really weigh that much. After a week I was still in pain, so I figured now would be a good time to make an appointment with a chiropractor.
I chose Alamo Heights Chiropractic mainly because it was right around the corner from where I live, as well as reading all the good things on their Facebook page that patients had to say about Dr. Tremblay, her services and friendly staff. I honestly thought I was going to go in and have a quick spinal adjustment and be prescribed a muscle relaxant and out the door in 30 minutes or so, and I would never see Dr. Tremblay again.
But to my pleasant surprise, that single office visit has inspired me to improve my health and wellness far beyond what I ever imagined. I also have a newfound appreciation for all the hard work that my psoas muscle does for me every single waking – and moving – moment. I also have to tell you how silently stunned I was to learn that X-rays and other tests that morning revealed that I definitely needed some work, and that my spine was out of balance. I also discovered that one left shoulder drooped, one hip was higher than the other and my neck was straight as a board instead of having a nice curve to it. I also found that my ability to stretch was terrible and posture was quite poor.
I can’t tell you how glad I am that I had the good sense to see Dr. Tremblay. I love the stretching exercises I have learned from Jeff, and, of course, the weekly spinal adjustments. Not just because they feel good, but because I know they are helping me get back into alignment. One thing I’m really happy about is that prior to visiting Alamo Heights Chiropractic, I had terrible posture. I used to try to stand up straight when walking, but it was a strain and right away I would start breathing heavily and get shortness of breath and never understood why. Now my body automatically forces me to stand with my shoulders back and my head high. Also, whenever I used to drive, I would always slump forward like a hunchback. Now, as soon as I sit in my car, my body automatically sits erect with no effort on my part. And did I tell you that I’m sleeping better, too?
I am truly impressed with Dr. Tremblay’s knowledge. In fact, I always tell friends that she is so committed and passionate about her patients and their health. I think about how I would be had I never visited her office. I would still be having back pain and continuing to do the same negative repetitive habits that are detrimental to my overall well-being. I don’t necessarily want to be live to be 100, but if that should be the case, I want to have good spinal health that will allow me to swim, play tennis, hike and work out pain free just as I do today. And there’s no reason why I can’t. So as I prepare to journey into 2013, I hope you all will join me in standing tall and becoming “ambassadors of health.”