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Week #7

Friday, January 04, 2013

A few months ago, I woke up with a bad back. I was walking over to the side and with some steps; I would lose my breath as nerve pain shot up and down my legs. I figured it was sciatica. Not much you can do with sciatica other than get muscle relaxers, a massage and rest. I would have to go to the ER to get medicine and I wasn’t about ready to go to the ER. I didn’t know any massage therapists and I sure as hell wasn’t going to be the guy that got on a massage table with my shirt off…and have it collapse on the floor. Funny, and sad at the same time, that I would want to be miserable because of my weight.

My wife got a good referral for a local chiropractor so I made an appointment. Long story short, I had a bad sacroiliac joint due to both weight and flat feet. Like Fred Flintstone flat feet. I wore a 4E width shoe. It seems my almost 370 pound girth was causing my width to expand as well. As the chiropractor felt around my back, he felt a few areas that needed adjusting and manipulated and recommended a massage regimen to go along with it. I figured I would give it a shot because anything was better than how I was feeling at the time. Along with the spinal manipulation, he recommended some orthotic inserts that would help correct my issues….at a cost of $225. These were not Dr. Scholl’s since my weight alone would crush those flatter than a pancake. These would withstand the heavy load I would be asking them to carry daily.

When they came, the chiropractor told me that there would be a required schedule to break them in but after a few weeks, I wouldn’t know I was even wearing them. I followed the schedule. My lower back ached, mostly as these orthotic inserts shifted my sacroiliac joint back into place and the muscles around it shifted as well. Together with the weekly massages and adjustments, my back started to get better and better. The inserts, just like he said, were becoming so normal to me that, as I was told at the time I ordered them, I didn’t realize they were even there. These were custom molded to my feet. They had become a part of me and they were drastically improving my quality of life.

This is just like the Ideal Protein plan. It is second nature, a part of me; a direct extension of my everyday life. I don’t even realize I am doing it because it is making me feel better. It is improving my quality of life. Like the orthotics, I don’t question their validity or their mechanism, I just do it. I do it because they are both necessary. I take them both wherever I go without question. They both provide comfort and assurance of wellness and alignment. I now wonder why I didn’t do this before.

There may be some people that have issues with either chiropractic medicine or a strict regimen such as Ideal Protein. I have since introduced the IP program to the same chiropractor who turned me onto these fantastic inserts. I believe that he is going to add it to his practice. Why wouldn’t he? Normally, chiropractors see people who have some weigh issues, like me, who suffer from back problems. It is an added value to his current clients and may potentially add more clients to his current base. It is too valuable to not have there, in my opinion. Why not fix the problems at their core? We’ll see what comes of it. But, as I am a firm believer now in chiropractic medicine, I am certain that IP can change lives in the same way…one packet at a time.
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