I'd been having trouble sleeping for a little over a month when I came across a Maximized Living booth at the Mind, Body & Spirit EXPO in February of last year. One of the gentlemen stopped me long enough to convince me ot let him test their alignment machine on me. I don't remember his name, though I wish I did because he definitely changed my life that day, but for the sake of the story let's call him Ron.
On with the story...
Though I was familiar with the device from having seen a chiropractor previously, I allowed Ron to explain how the device worked and test it out on me. When the results appeared on the screen, I was a little flabbergasted. To say I had a cervical misalignment was putting it mildly. I asked Ron several questions regarding how a misalignment in that area would affect me physically. Is that something that could be corrected? About how long he thought such a correction would take, and so on. Of course, most of his answers didn't satisfy me because a lot depended on what my X-rays showed. As so, Ron began his pitch. I was ready to walk away and make an appointment to see my primary doctor and get her recommendations when something told me to stop and really listen. Ron explained how they would schedule me to come in for X-rays and when they were ready the doctor had a chance to review them, they would bring me in and discuss the results after telling me a little more about chiropractic care and Maximized Living. Only catch, if you want it it call it that, was I had to pay upfront and commit to the appointment.
Two weeks later, I found myself meeting with Tamara and Dr. Baron for the first time, I didn't meet Danielle until later. As I sat waiting to get the "results" of my X-rays, my mom beside me, I'm planning worst case scenario. Which to me was, "sorry, we can't fix the damage, it is too bad," and I'll never sleep through the night again. As long as he doesn't say that, anything is good news, right? So he comes in and puts my X-ray on the light box and I'm thinking to myself, "yeah, so. Looks like an X-ray to me."
That's when he started asking me questions about my symptoms, and asking about headaches and how often I got them and how severe they were. In hindsight, I should have been more concerned about Dr. Baron's fixation with headaches, but that's a story for another day. Within an hour, I'd learned that I was treatable, and a good night's sleep was somewhere in my future. I'd committed to coming in for an adjustment three times a week and I'd also made the decision, on my own, to get a massage at least once a week to help the muscles relax and allow the adjustment to take better hold.
Best Decision Ever!!!
That first adjustment took place in March 2015, I remember being hyper-vigilant wanting to keep track of any and all changes I felt, but for me chiropractic was a slow and subtle thing. One day I had an "AH HA" moment and I realized I'd slept through the night, and couldn't remember when I last awoke in the middle of the night. Of course, that same night I woke up, but I'd been sleeping fine before, I know I had. I noticed several other issues I have were changing, they were not as prevalent and causing as many concerns.
So I slowly began feeling better, day by day. It's a pretty awesome feeling to all of a sudden feel better, when you didn't think you felt bad to begin with.
I remember being excited to tell Dr. Baron that it had been two entire months since the last time I woke up in the middle of the night because I could not feel my arm anymore or because feeling suddenly came rushing back in and jolted me awake.
It's been ten months and I've gone from three adjustments a week down to one. From a -12 degree curve to a +10. I sleep through the night, I don't have headaches (not that I did before I started) and even though it's no testament to my actual health... I feel great!