Thursday, May 10, 2007

I'm Liking this Prescription

A couple of months ago I started getting occasional pains in my head and some odd pressure. I mentioned it to my doctor at my annual check up. She noticed some tension in my neck and shoulder and wondered if that may be the cause. I was supposed to let her know in a week if it was still bothering me. Well, I eventually did make another appointment with her about it.
At this second appointment she was really shocked by the tension in my neck and shoulder. She stood me in front of the mirror and showed me that I'm actually *lopsided*. How is it I never noticed that? No matter. That isn't important.
What I like about this situation is the prescription she gave me...Physical therapy! I went today for my second session and guess what my PT consists of??? First I lay down with a heating pad on my shoulders for, oh, I'm guessing five to ten minutes. Then the therapist comes in and massages my neck and shoulders for about the same amount of time. Then I flip over on my back and he pulls and pushes my neck and shoulders in various directions to stretch the muscles. Finally I do some exercises he has shown me and a little work with weights. And I leave feeling sooooo relaxed.
Today my therapist said he can already see a slight improvement. He also mentioned that in his eighteen years as a physical therapist he's never seen someone as messed up as me. OK, those weren't his exact words, but I think that's what he meant.
Anyway, I'm not sure if my lopsided shoulder is the cause of my head stuff, but I sure like this physical therapy business. I'm wondering, can I fake not improving just so I can keep doing therapy three times a week???

By the way...This entry is my 99th post. That means, tomorrow I'm posting my 100 Things. I've had fun writing tomorrow's post and I hope you'll come back to read it.

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annie said...

You crack me up...
Izzy's chiropractor will adjust me when he notices I look tight and I love it too! I take her on tues and thurs. He has said before that he hasn't seen anyone whose back was as tight as mine.
Hope you get it straightened out :o)

Mandalyn said...

I'm glad you are feeling better. I work in a rehab dept. and, occasionally, use the physical therapists for a little massaging on my neck as well. It's nice to work in a place like that!

I really like to go to a massage therapist when I have the extra money! It's amazing how tight you can get and not even realize it.

Hope you continue to feel better!

CoachJ said...

By all means, fake it baby!! And let us know if it works.....this is really great as long as the insurance is footin' the bill, huh? Lookin' forward to reading your 100 things.

JennaG said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is lopsided! I love going to a chiropractor--our insurance doesn't cover it though--so I don't go as often as I should. Hope you are better soon.

Lauren S. said...

That sounds like a great prescription! I hope you will continue to improve!

Jen said...

Yes physical therapy is the best! I had it for similar reasons as you, shortly after my 2nd son was born and it was amazing! Its also amazing how great you will feel when you get it all ironed out! By the way, I've been MIA (see my blog), but thanks for the tag last week - next week I plan to catch up! Have a blessed Mother's Day! Jen

momteacherfriend said...

Sign me up for that!
If I am stressed it always goes to my left shoulder. I love massages. I guess I need to convince my Doctor I need PT

Irritable Mother said...

Annie ~ Sorry for cracking you up. I hope it didn't hurt!

Mandalyn ~ My husband and I have a dream of being wealthy enough someday to have a personal masseuse and getting daily massages. Ahhhhh, that would be so nice!

Coach J ~ Yeah, I haven't totally figured out who's footin' the bill for this PT. But I'll let you know if faking it works!

Jenna ~ My chiropractor is great, too, and very gracious when I miss a few appointments...He does get on my case about not doing my exercises though. Bad girl!

Lauren ~ Thanks. I hope for continued improvement, too!

Jen ~ Thanks for checking in. I'm glad to know you've been outside enjoying the weather, not inside hog-tied by your kids!!!

Mom ~ Have your people call my people and we'll get you set up. *wink*