Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Chiro & Massage Therapy

3 1/2 years ago I was in a car accident.  I lived in the Phoenix area at the time.  I was on my way to work, a typical warm June morning in the Valley of the Sun.  I was in a summer dress, my hair up in a perfect summer updo and drinking the strawberry smoothie I made myself for breakfast. 

It was a 25 mile, 1 hour drive in stop and go traffic from my house to my office.  We were moving along pretty good when the cars in front of me stopped pretty quickly.  I stopped, but the guy behind me didn't.  Didn't even touch his breaks.  I watched him get closer and closer and closer, then it sounded like I was hit by a freight train as I watched him slam into the back of my truck in my rear view. 

I just sat there for a minute, strawberry smoothie covering the windshield, the headliner, the steering wheel and needless to say... me.  After two unsuccessful attempts to contact 911, they were calling me back.  Bluetooth... forgot that it was on and my ear piece had flown off my ear and was who knows where.  Police on their way, the driver that hit me came to my window and asked if I was ok.  Still wasn't really sure, but I thought I was fine.  Was reluctant to want to see the damage, but checked it
out and it really didn't look too awful, but his truck... not so good. 

I was able to drive my truck away without any broken parts, but there were many, many bent ones, damage was much greater once you really took a look.  I'm not even going into the repair and insurance process, that is a story all on its own.

The thankful part of this story, is that my injuries were minor and that also I was driving my full size Dodge truck that amazingly withstood the 40mph+ impact and kept me safe.  Although the accident wasn't major it was bad enough to create extremely uncomfortable pain in my neck, back and shoulders.  My neck was so stiff and sore that I would nearly cry at the mere thought of turning my head.  Sleeping was nearly impossible unless in an upright position with many pillows.  This went on for about 3 months and I soon had my first trips ever to the chiropractor and massage therapist to get my muscles to relax.

Since then I have moved back to Washington and make monthly appointments with two of my most cherished medical professionals.  Lilly relaxes me and Julie cracks me.  Its a glorious affair.  I am thankful for their knowledge and natural abilities to keep my neck from returning to its post accident status (which it has tried to do several times since).  I do not like taking pain medication or muscle relaxers therefore, a couple of Advil, massage therapy and spinal manipulation followed by lots of water have been lifesavers for me. 

Thank you ladies for taking such great care of me! See you both tomorrow!


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  2. Are you still undergoing therapy? After my accident and therapy sessions, I still make visit my therapist regularly. Even though my injuries are healed already, I have found that massage therapy does wonders in lowering heart rate, blood pressure and eliminating body toxins. I hope you’re fully healed now.

    Quentin Edberg