The last time I had been to a chiropractor was when I was a senior in high school. I was a linebacker for the football team, and I took a pretty rough hit that messed my back up on our final game of the season. I was relieved at the time that we had no more games, but my mom was only concerned about getting me to a Sacramento chiropractor. She was worried that I had injuries that would haunt me for the rest of my life if I did not have them checked out quickly.
I was humoring her by going, but it actually turned into a really good thing. I did end up having some damage to my lower back because of the hard hit, and I was in therapy for several weeks. I did not really feel the full brunt of the pain for a couple of days, and that is when I realized that my mom was right to get me to a chiropractor right away. The pain was minimal the following week and completely gone within two more weeks. I got to know the chiropractor pretty well, and he explained to me that if I have future pain, then I should get back to him.
That was nearly 20 years ago, and I was not feeling the pain again until I tried to play football again, this time with my sons. When I got tackled, the exact same area started causing me pain. I knew that I needed to get to a chiropractor because that is the only thing that helped me when I was much younger. This time, the doctor was able to help me a bit faster and without a lot of extensive physical therapy, but then again, the hit was not nearly as hard either. This time, I am going to keep getting regular chiropractic adjustments though, because my body is telling me that this is something I should have never stopped!