I'm once again under the care of a chiropractor. Don't worry, it's not the same one who said my pain was caused by my huge honkers - which turned out to be untrue because 10 months after reduction surgery I still have back pain. No, this guy is an intern at the local chiropractic college. He and his doctor-teachers prescribed an aggressive treatment regime involving adjustments and electrical stimulation twice a week for 6 weeks. After 4 weeks I can say the pain is subsiding. I still have an ache but I almost never get the tingling anymore.
He's not just treating the chronic midback pain. I also have lower back problems and tightness in the shoulders that pulls my neck and upper thoracics out. It's especially bad after a tense day, which I've had a lot of lately. I'm usually so tight that he can't move anything without marinating me in BioFreeze first. I think I'm becoming a BioFreeze junkie; that stuff is fantastic!
Today we found out just how potent the BioFreeze is. While adjusting me he nicked my back with a fingernail just enough to draw blood. Normally such a small cut would bead up and clot within seconds but this one kept bleeding & bleeding & bleeding. He tried swiping at it with an antiseptic wipe. That didn't work but it burned like a mother. I could tell he was getting a little panicked. He went looking for a doctor and a first aid kit while I laid down with a tissue on top of the cut. He came back and applied a bandaid - which I started bleeding through. The doctor who was observing him said the BioFreeze was probably causing an increased blood flow to the area. I knew it relaxed my muscles but I didn't know it could have an effect like that! Eventually with pressure and another tissue on top of the bandaid he got the bleeding to stop.
I don't know what's wrong with me but I thought the whole situation was hilarious. I could hardly wait to text my brothers and tell them about it. Poor guy. He told me he became a chiropractor because he didn't like blood.