Doug described the human body to me this way: A regular physician is a chemical engineer, balancing your body with drugs when necessary. A chiropractor is the mechanical engineer, balancing your body by making sure everything is in alignment. With this in mind, I went to the chiropractor today for the first time in about 10 years.
My back is so messed up from when I was a transcriptionist, and the stress I carry (along with bad posture, extra weight, etc.) makes it so my muscles never quite heal. I always have knots or sore spots, and even have a large clunker in my left shoulder (from being left-handed, in general - have you ever tried to take notes in college with right-handed desks?). My right shoulder flared up with Roman early on but went away with PT... I should have known that eventually, adding a second child would bring it all back. It's to the point that I wake up at night when I change positions, because my right shoulder/neck is all cramped up.
Chiropractors are amazing. I don't know why I don't check in with one on a monthly basis. The pain in my shoulder, neck, & back after my first visit today has narrowed down to the source of the pain (my rhomboid muscle); all referred achiness is gone, my range of motion is better, and I didn't have a headache all day. Of course, the actual adjustment... oh, golly. I didn't know my spine could crackle in so many different places. I treated myself with a haircut & color afterward, & I return on Tuesday for some more bone-crackling.
Kids are fine... will update about them later. My laptop has gone into the fix-it shop for a couple days, so no photos.