How I Almost Missed The Solution To My Back Injury

November 2, 2008 · Print This Article

…This is a brief story of how about how a skeptic (me) visited a chiropractor as a last resort, and became so convinced that I built a business around serving chiropractors…

We should never have watched that video. My friends and I got a hold of a video of the Korean National Tae Kwon Do demonstration team. These guys were absolutely amazing. Breaking boards, flying kicks, and acrobatics of all kinds.

They were the best of the best in a nation where Tae Kwon Do is the national sport. After watching the video, my fellow Tae Kwon Do class mates and I had no choice but to put together our own black belt demonstration team.

The technique that stood out for me was the 540 degree jump spinning kick. In this kick, you have to jump in the air, and then spin around completely once – that’s 360 degrees, and then another 180 degrees, and kick a board and break it with your heel before landing.

The Unexpected Back Injury

It takes a while to get this one right. I must have practiced that kick 400 times over the course of 3 weeks.

I still was surprised when I developed a pain all along my back, like a high tension wire running from the base of my neck all the way down my spine. I’d never had back issues before, and had been training for years so I didn’t make the connection at first.

But after a couple of weeks of not being able to even look down because my neck and back hurt so much, I started to get worried. I went to see the doctor – a sports medicine specialist, and he examined me. Since he was an orthopedic doctor focusing on sports injuries, I was hoping that he would have an answer for me. Well he did – 800mg of ibuprofin.  The most common version of this over the counter is called Motrin, and it is was is called a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory. He also offered to take X-Rays. He just said I’ll have to get the muscles in my back to relax and the drugs would help me do that.

Well, this was not the solution I was looking for. Then one night at a party, a friend of mine told me about her Chiropractor. She suggested that I go see him to see if he could help. I had never been to a Chiropractor before, and the thought of someone “manipulating my spine” when my back was in such pain was not very appealing.

But when my friend, whom I had known for a long time, told me she takes her kids to see this Chiropractor, I decided to give in and at least go for an initial visit.

My First Visit To The Chiropractor

At my first visit, this doctor sat down and listened to me about my injury and how I thought it came about. He examined my posture, my back and neck, and took some X-Rays. He found some “trigger points” on my back – places where the muscles were very tight and knotted, and spent some time on those to free them up. He then performed an adjustment on my back, by having me cross my arms in front of me, and then “hugging” me and adjusting my spine. I thought to myself – “here we go…”

I felt almost instant relief. I could hardly believe it. I mean, the pain was not totally gone, but it made a huge difference right away. He told me it would take a few more visits to get the problems with my back corrected.

I thought to myself, “Yeah, I’ll bet it will. You’ll probably have me coming back here for life!” But I was willing to continue for a while after such a dramatic result after my first visit.

So I went back about three times a week for three weeks. My back steadily improved over those visits, until after the third week he said to me “I think you are all set.” He gave me some advice about how to avoid this type of injury in the future, and also recommended that I come back every 4-6 weeks for a “maintenance” adjustment. But, he said, “that is up to you and how your back is feeling.”

Needless to say, this experience really changed my views about Chiropractic adjustments, and Chiropractors in general. Like any profession, there are good and bad practitioners – I was lucky to get a good one.

Fast Forward To Today

That was 10 years ago. As I get older, things like sports, too much time on the computer, and other factors get my back out of alignment from time to time. Now I visit the chiropractor when I have a problem, and then I try to go every 4-6 weeks for a while after that to keep things in tune. I’ve moved a couple of times and have seen about 6 different chiropractors.

Along the way I’ve found that chiropractors tend to be very “proactive” in nature. All the ones I’ve worked with have taken the time to listen to my concerns, and help me come up with preventative ways to stay out of their office. They have helped me with back and neck problems, given me tips on my posture, and recommended a number of exercises and stretches to help keep my back healthy and feeling good.

Now, in the area I live I have several chiropractors that I have become friends with. As I learned more about their businesses and challenges, I got involved with helping several of them establish a presence on the Internet so that they show up in Google searches.

They were having a tough time getting value out of the print Yellow Pages, and I helped them get a web site up and running using WordPress, and do some very targeted local search optimization so that they show up in the local search results in Google and Yahoo. I also helped them manage their online reviews, and build tighter relationships with their customers through an email newsletter. As a result, they are getting new customer inquiries every week from people doing searches on Google and Yahoo looking for chiropractic care.

After doing this several times, I got really good at it and turned it into a repeatable process.  Now I’ve built a business helping other chiropractors establish an online presence and get new customers from local Internet searches.

That’s My Story – What Is Yours?

So that’s my story. I’ve come a long way from that initial skeptic who couldn’t imagine going in to see a chiropractor. Chiropractic care has helped me tremendously over the years, and now it has become a big part of my business as well.

What is your story? I’d love to hear about your experiences with Chiropractors – if you are reading this please leave a comment below!

p.s. If you are looking for a recommendation for a Sunnyvale Chiropractor or a San Jose Chiropractor click those links to find two of the best.

About the author

Don is the publisher of Expand2Web, a website devoted to helping small business owners like Chiropractors build Wordpress powered websites, and get a steady stream of new customers from Google and Yahoo. In his leisure time Don enjoys learning to play Jazz piano, skiing, and wake boarding. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the San Jose, California where they enjoy traveling and exploring the Redwoods and the Pacific ocean beaches.


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Comments

3 Responses to “How I Almost Missed The Solution To My Back Injury”

  1. Dan Waldron on November 2nd, 2008 1:16 pm

    I must say this is a great article i enjoyed reading it keep the good work :)

  2. Sports News » Blog Archive » How I Almost Missed The Solution To My Back Injury on November 2nd, 2008 1:27 pm

    [...] Chiropractor2Web put an intriguing blog post on How I Almost Missed The Solution To My Back InjuryHere’s a quick excerptAs I get older, things like sports, too much time on the computer, and other factors get my back out of alignment from time to time….I went to see the doctor – a sports medicine specialist, and he examined me….Since he was an orthopedic doctor focusing on sports injuries, I was hoping that he would have an answer for me. Well he did – 800mg of ibuprofin….They were the best of the best in a nation where Tae Kwon Do is the national sport…. [...]

  3. Don on November 2nd, 2008 1:47 pm

    Thank you Dan – I appreciate you dropping by!

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