Monday, February 13, 2006

Unkink in your spine in less than a day

I've become an expert in getting the kinks out of my own spine in less than a day (at least for my body, and probably yours, whoever still reads this thing, too). After giving some anonymous tips over the Internet on how to do so, I decided to publish it on my blog.

First things first, you must take care of it as soon as you can semi comfortably get out of the house. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the kink.

The magic formula for all my kinks in my back and neck is simple. Reduce your inflammation as much as possible using known proven methods, then get your spine in a neutral position.

1: Schedule an appointment with your acupuncturist. If you don't have one, find a certified acupuncturist who focuses on a western medicine approach to acupuncture. They are more focused on removing the inflammation around the inflammed area by sticking needles and massaging those areas (not painful, and very very effective for short term), and less concerned about opening up blocked passage of your chakra gates so your chi can flow out (the eastern medicine way of thinking). After you schedule that, schedule an appointment with your chriropractor so you can can go there immediately after your acupuncture appointment.

2: 4 hours before the acupunture appointment, take 800mg of advil. This is a safe dose (unless you have an ulcer). Call your doctor first if you wanna be cautious.

3: Go to your acupuncture appointment.

4: Immediately after the acupuncture appointment, go directly to the chiropractor.

What you did from steps 2-4 was that, you've significantly reduced the inflammation at least for the short time being, then went to an expert that can adjust your spine to a neutral position. Because you've reduced the inflammation, the adjustment should be easy for the chiropractor. But you can't do one without the other. For example, you can't just remove the inflammation and not do anything about it. Your spine is still not in a neutral position, and the inflammation will start coming back rather quickly. If your kink was light enough, it might just unravel itself on the way to the chiropractor. Its happened to me a few times. Getting back to the point to you can't do one and not the other, you can't just skip the reducing the inflammation part before going to the chiropractor because if its moderately inflammed, the adjustment won't happen or it might be so inflammed that when you try to adjust it, it'll just get more inflammed because you're aggravating it.

And the last step (5) : Take it easy for the rest of the day.

Keep in mind that you did something that made your spine get twisted up. And even though you've dealt with it, what you should be thinking of is figuring out why or how your spine got kinked. Is it your posture? Is it the bed you're sleeping on? Is your pillow giving you enough support? Figure that out and you don't even need steps 1 through 5.

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