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Re: Doctor visit

When I had the bad episode Sunday night that drove me to finally make the
appointment, I used a microwave heat wrap  - rice and lavender inside
fabric - which helped quite a bit.  However, the chiropractor said that
while that was a good thing to do at the time, I should use ice if I needed
it that night after her treatment.  Her massage had brought blood to the
surface and it would be too soon to use heat which would enhance that more.
Later, heat again would be fine.  I found this as interesting as when she
told me that muscles tighten when I sleep.

I cannot afford a regular visit to a chiropractor or masseuse and I hope it
won't become necessary even if I could afford it.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 2:24 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Doctor visit

> Well, Kitty, FWIW, I've been going to my chiropractor every 2 weeks
> for over 20 years; he keeps the old bod going.    Without him, I'd be
> a pretzel.  Before I started going to him, I spent a lot of time on
> the floor in substantial discomfort with a back that turned me into a
> 'C' shape.  Of course, I've got the best chiropractor on the planet;
> he's fantastic - they all are not.  But, point is, everything is
> connected in the old bod and unless you have something like a
> herniated disk or similar, a good chiropractor putting things back
> where they belong plus the exercises they should give you, will make
> a lot of difference.  Muscle tension can twist your spine - I know
> this; happens to me.
> Massage is also good if you can find a good person to do it; in fact
> my back quack has a masseuse in his office; unfortunately, I can't
> swing the extra $$ for it, but I sure wish I could!  Massage is, IMO,
> the absolute height of luxury; my idea of heaven.
> Depending on what's causing your problem, moist heat is also a good
> thing.  I use a warm wet washcloth on a heating pad.  Key is to do it
> for 20 minutes and no longer and if your muscles are really tight,
> repeat this every hour (which gets really tedious) and you will be
> amazed how much it helps.  Has to be moist heat, tho'...not dry heat.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> >
> > Thank you all for your concern.  I guess I'm just sort of from the
> same
> > school John is.  Tough it out. I do not like the idea of forever
> medication.
> > I've been on Naproxen, though, since about October and the
> Chiropractor
> > said, not now, but down the line, it would be good to get off of
> it. I think
> > an occasional trip when I can afford it to the chiropractor would
> be my best
> > course of action, as well as working on the stretching every night.
>  Really,
> > I am fine all day, just a vague, dull ache in my arm during the day
> if I
> > even think about it.  The problem is mainly at night, so if I can
> work
> > around that, I shouldn't have much of a problem at all.
> > You know, I feel pretty guilty whining about this.  I know many of
> you live
> > with many more health difficulties than I do.  We all have aches
> and pains
> > and learn to deal with those that simply cannot be fixed.  We
> simply learn
> > to accept and adjust our lives to continue doing the things we
> enjoy.  I'm
> > not missing out on a thing - except a bit of sleep.
> >
> > Kitty
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