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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

What Pain ?

After much prodding from wife, I finally decided to go to a Chiropractor. You see, I've had this terrible pain in the neck almost every day for the past 3 weeks, this usually occurs after having been seated for a long time. And between my day job, driving, surfing on the net and even the little writing I do, I spend at least eight hours everyday seated.

From the little fact I've known about Chiropractic medicine, it supposedly re-aligns your spine to its proper position. I remember my brother-in-law going to a Chiropractor every so often to relieve his lower back pain.

So there we were, at a Chiropractor's office patiently waiting for my turn, which by the way is painted fire engine red. Then from a room behind me, we hear a loud cry. Wifey and I look at each other, I tried to shrug it off and played it cool by going back to whatever I was reading, then another cry but louder this time.

The secretary, looks at me and asks "Sir, are you afraid?". How could not one be? When all you know is your spine will be re-aligned, but no one told you it would hurt like hell!

Silence. The crying has ceased, I could only hear the doctor's voice and what seems to be a grown man asking some questions. They appear in the waiting room with all smiles, as if nothing happened.

Dr. Pardis calls my name "Sir Benjie, step this way please." Hesitant but still trying to play it cool, I stepped into his observation room, which looked more like a torture cell with that weird bed that stood vertically and stools which were uniquely shaped.

After, the obligatory Q&A he asked me to strip off my shirt and he then proceeded to tap my back, and touch my neck. He soon asked me to stand on the vertical bed, I found myself looking for the chains as soon as I stepped on that gadget, which was made horizontal with a push of a button. He tapped my back, which Magene would soon tell me is called a lumbar tap, and asked me to inhale deeply and then exhale. I feel him put a little pressure on a part of my back, then CRACK! A mixture of amazement and relief came. Dr. Pardis went a few inches lower and did the same thing. I let out a sigh of relief, the same sigh I give out everytime I get a body massage. I was asked to lay on my back this time,as my neck was now the focus of Dr. Pardis' hands, he turned it slowly then a jerk. Magene laughed as she heard a series of crackle from each side of my neck. It was over, I was hoping for some more but I reminded myself that he was a Chiropractor not a masseur.

The torture-bed looking contraption went vertical, I felt good, Magene was smiling, Dr. Pardis was smiling. Everything was good. He gave me some final instructions and that I should see him soon for a follow-up, we paid his fee and was given a souvenir photo of my first visit.

On the way home, I couldn't help but talk how it felt good and how my back and neck was relieved.

Oh yeah, did I tell you how good it felt?


3 Comments:

  • Benj, glad it worked out....and yes, filmmaking can be hazardous to your health...

    By Blogger Misha Anissimov, at 10:48 PM  

  • I've been wanting to go to one, but it's soooo expensive! How much did you pay for single visit?

    By Blogger Dean, at 8:33 AM  

  • I used to have a sore back until I visited the Bend Clinic here in Toronto. These guys are great I want to give them a free plug if it's ok...Toronto Chiropractor

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:18 AM  

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