Posted in Life + Living

Chiropractor – 1 year update

A week or so ago, I had an updated exam with my Chiropractor.  This week marks a year since I started seeing a chiropractor.  The first time I wrote about it was back in February of 2013 and I observed:

 I was able to get in on Friday and they did some pretty fancy scans to figure out what the problem is, where it might be, and what might be causing it.  I had to wait through the weekend to find out what the problem was, but when I got the results, they were a bit staggering

The C1 vertebrae in my neck, for example, is being pulled to the left 175% more than the right because those muscles are activated and compensating

A year ago, I was going to physical therapy, building standing stations, swearing off gaming, picking up swimming… basically anything I could to try to figure out the back pain.  I was driven to the Chiropractor when I had extreme pain in the form of spasms that were interrupting my ability to do my job effectively.

On the 24th, I had an updated scan, and I’ve got good things to report:

Chiropractor EMG Asymmetry

Changes.  Last year, there was a >25lb difference in weight distribution.  At this latest scan, it’s down to ~10lb difference.  The mid-thoracic is no longer having spasms and most of my days, my back feels good.  I’m no longer taking advil and tylenol multiple times a day, or even daily any more.  The rest of the scans were great, too:

Chiropractor NCM Scan

This chart (above) is showing that the muscles that were being over worked are no longer being overworked to the extremes that they were in the past.  The T11,T12 and L1 areas are still problematic, but it’s come a long way since then.  I certainly FEEL better.

Chiropractor EMG Thermal

What these charts are showing is that in Feb 2013, there was a pretty significant problem with muscle asymmetry/fatigue.  My newest scans are so much closer to the  normal scan.  I was really happy to see this.

I got a high-five and stickers, though, for a new scan that they performed:

PhysicalFitness

I’m fit as a fiddle when it comes to my heart and athletic aerobic abilities.  They were saying that the blue areas were for super-athletes like Olympians or whatnot.

🙂  Considering the type of blog I’m trying to keep here, I’m very happy to report that I am (for all intents and purposes) healthy. Special thanks go to Dr. Gary and the team at my local Chiropractor for all of their assistance in getting me functioning this well.  Especially to Brittany and Jess for fitting me in where they can, and for constantly tolerating all of my needs to reschedule appointments.

In the next year, I hope to continue seeing improvements in my overall health and wellness.  Specifically, I would like to see a reduction in stiffness in my back, and to address the pain in my hip.

In a nutshell, though, I’m happy just to be able to work out again 🙂  Now it’s a matter of getting back into a great routine now that it’s been a year and a half since really being into it.

Posted in Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Self-Reflection

Cruisin’ through Christmas season

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We sent Christmas cards out this year. We ordered them from snapfish send the little proof card had a mini version of our Christmas cases on it. It’s about 1″x1/2″ … The size makes it totally cute.

It’s hard to believe how close we are to the new year.  I feel like I’m getting a head start on my new years resolutions. We joined a gym, we do iaido, we’re operating on a balanced budget… Life is good.

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Posted in College, Life + Living, Self-Reflection

Choices: compromise for success

I figured out last night that they shut off the a/c at 8, and the lights at 9. I studied by the glow of my computer until about 9:30 and then called it a night.

Being an adult is hard, lol..

There are days when I kick myself for going to work instead of finishing college first. But, the thing is, I love the work that I do, the people that I work with, and the opportunities that I have to grow and progress in my career. No, it’s not easy to do it all, when it all is so much some times, but I am glad that I have the opportunity to do so, and the support from all of my family and my friends.

I also figured out why freshman gain 15 pounds their first year–“dinner” last night was Nutter Butter Bites and a Pearson’s Nut Roll.  Had I gone home, I would’ve had baked salmon with lemon and pepper, but I also wouldn’t have gotten as much done.  These are the choices we make.