I went for my first McTimoney chiropractic treatment. yesterday. A friend's been trying to get me to go for ages, but I had bad experiences with physio and remedial massage, so I really wasn't very keen. I'm very much as the point of 'last resort', now though, so I decided to give it a go.
I have to be honest and say that I can't for the life of me see how the little flicks they do could make the slightest bit of difference, but I'm keeping an open mind.The practitioner, though, was a breath of fresh air!
He was the only one not to look at me like I'm mad, or making it up, when I listed the many types of pain and neurological disturbance I get every day. It was so nice to have someone tell me it's a good idea to use a walking stick rather than fall down(!), and not sit there and tell me I should use my arm more, swing my arm naturally as I walk, relax my shoulder and all sorts of other things that are, quite frankly, impossible with the pain. Thank God for someone with the common sense to see that I wouldn't be holding my arm this way, doing everything one-handed and walking with a stick if I didn't have to!
He decided against the normal diagnostic testing, because it's too 'antagonistic' and would only make things worse ( I was already having a bad day); and just took a really thorough history. I was speechless - a medical person with the sense to see that pulling my arm around just to see if it hurts is a bad idea? One who actually realises that I know my pain best, and doesn't argue with me about it? Unheard of!
He did a couple of very small things to start the treatment off, and then I have to go back next week. Despite being incredibly gentle, I was still in a lot of pain afterwards and had a pretty miserable evening, but I was expecting that. Unlike the other treatments, though, I will be going back; even if it doesn't make a blind bit of difference, it's worth the money just to find someone who actually listens!
[Sorry if this post is too long, I was just so amazed by yesterday, I wanted to share it!]