I got a second opinion on my spine. This guy was very professional and knowledgeable (very curious about my barefoot dress shoes as well).
He came to the same conclusion - my neck needs a bit of work. He was very excited that I found this problem at such an early stage and is confident I will heal quickly.
He took a lot of time to explain the relationship of the spinal nervous system to systemic health and that the neck is the most important piece of the puzzle (before examining me). He did my first adjustment and showed me all the neat magic tricks like how the strength in one side of my body is much weaker than the other side, then perform the adjustment, and boom they work the same.
I've been doing a lot of research since first posting about this and am sold on the concept - truly corrective chiropractic work.
If you're in Houston, check out Woodway Wellness - Dr. Terry Smedstad
Lastly, he accepts health insurance unlike the other guy, which was interesting..
I got my spine examined at a chiropractor and it turns out my cervical spine (neck) is slightly curved in the wrong direction. I was told that left unchecked this could shave 15 years off my life and cause a whole host of health issues down the road. The theory is that it is basically pinching off nerve signals to the rest of my body.
The chiro was pretty convincing and reviews online seemed to rate him highly. My x-rays looked similar to ones online which touted similar information on the subject. The problem is he wants 3x a week adjustments (I live 1 hour away) and $3500 for the first 3 months. Then after 3 months I get evaluated and possibly move down to 2x week or 1x week for the rest of my life.
I am pretty young and the "curvature" is so slight that I am not too worried about taking time to make sure my ducks are aligned before jumping into some kind of treatment like this.
My question(s) is(are): Has anyone had any experience with this situation? Also, there is surely a way to keep your spine in alignment aside from receiving adjustments for the rest of your life, right?
Sitting at a desk all day surely isn't helping.
Part of the examination included a 45 minute class on how to read your own X-rays and make basic sense of your spinal/nervous situation. He convincingly spoke about how if you let your insurance company dictate the care you receive you are going to end up like everyone else - sick. He went on to say the source of a lot of issues are diet, lifestyle, and (of course) spinal/nervous system health which doctors don't address because their specialty is medicine, or surgery, etc.
He added that many people willingly pay a couple thousand to straighten their teeth, but shy away from a couple thousand to align their spine. And it's hard to believe it can fix so many things, things that aren't even noticeably wrong with you yet. (This sounds like trying to convince a "generally healthy" person to try Paleo, right everyone?)