I suffered from migraines and had a chronically impaired immune system which made me miss too many days of school. I ended up being held back a year and was living on ibuprofen at the age of 14 until my mother happened to start cleaning the house of an upper cervical chiropractor back in Michigan.
After starting care, my immune system seemed to get stronger, and my migraines went away completely. I can literally say I haven’t had a migraine since; I have had the odd headache come up when I’ve needed to be adjusted, however I have NOT had a migraine since my first adjustment. As I’ve continued with upper cervical chiropractic care I rarely get sick, my seasonal allergies that used to be so bad I couldn’t do anything outside in the months of May or June have gone away. I contribute all the health improvements I’ve received to upper cervical chiropractic care and will be eternally grateful for being introduced to it.
I felt so strongly about how this care affected me, that I felt the need to pursue it as a profession to share the same beliefs that the body can heal. Learning more and more about upper cervical chiropractic and the understanding us chiropractors have about the body it just made sense. The human body was designed to be healthy and when there is interference present in the nervous system it can manifest in a plethora of symptoms and conditions. Removing the cause of that interference, allowing the body to communicate from brain to body optimally allows us to function how we were designed to function.
I was deemed with so many health issues as I was growing up; EVERYTHING under the sun from hormonal imbalances/irregular cycles to being chronically sick with strep throat & tonsilitis. I did not grow up with chiropractic care being implemented when I was younger, yet we had our horses adjusted regularly during the rodeo season. My parents, as many people do, had believed that chiropractic was specifically for neck and back pain, but not for other health issues like immunity or healthy growth/development.
So it wasn’t until I was 16 and had a major horse accident where I ended up getting a severe concussion and whiplash that I started looking for chiropractic care because I ended up in severe pain EVERYWHERE. With that being said, I was suffering from the traditional post-concussion-like symptoms that for about 3 months following, however nothing “too major” UNTIL 6 months after when my TMJ flared up (which it felt like I broke my jaw). Another 6 months following that, I started having rib pain, low back pain, and severe neck pain. This all led to my spine essentially being twisted from “head-to-toe” and where I felt it most, was my achilles tendon; it felt like it was so tight, that it was going to tear at any given moment. This went on for years and I tried literally everything; I was ready to cut my leg off.
Until my friend with MS told me about an upper cervical chiropractor back in Alberta, Canada.
Well long story short, I left his office after my first adjustment and was pain-free for the first time in a long time, where it felt like I was walking straight again! So I went for a run that night, and I cried because after 4 long years filled with excruciating pain, I wasn’t in pain anymore.
After that I made up my mind and wanted to go to school to become an upper cervical chiropractor. I wanted to give people the hope I was given after so many years of suffering. I encourage others to try upper cervical chiropractic for many reasons but to ultimately get their body to function optimally and to be able to live your best life for as long you can!
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