FD Moore, Bike Rider
I am an avid and experienced bicyclist, keeping fit is a lifestyle choice for me. But for as long as I can remember, I’ve never been able to do enough abdominal exercises to prevent my lower back from seizing up or giving out. With the 2011 cycling season coming into full swing, I found that the lower back pain I had experienced for years had degenerated to the point that I could not ride more than 30 minutes. I felt like a 100 year old man getting off my bike, and trying to stand up straight was challenging. Knowing that I was supposed to be doing 6-hour rides later in the summer, I knew that this just wasn’t going to work.
I knew that my own doctor would probably just give me some anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers and send me to physical therapy, which I didn’t want to do. A friend referred me to Lighthouse Chiropractic. I’ve always been skeptical and untrusting of chiropractic medicine, but at this point I was desperate for relief and had tried everything on my own. With my 100-mile bike ride as my goal and none of my own solutions working, I figured I would at least give it a try.
After just three or four sessions (just one week), I began noticing incredible and virtually instant improvement! My pain on the bike went from a 9 or 10 (on a10 point scale), to a 4 or 5! The more time I spent getting adjusted and stretching, the more my pain was reduced. In just a few months my pain was nonexistent! Throughout my treatment plan, I learned that the muscles in my back and hips were tight and in pain because they were protecting my poorly aligned spine. My exercising put more stress on systems that were already stressed out. Fix the problem, and the symptoms will naturally take care of themselves. Fix the symptoms (as I tried), and they will return, guaranteed!
In August of 2011, I rode 100 extremely hilly miles in the Reston Century. I finished in the 6-hour event tired, but back pain free! Chiropractic care works. They have made a very happy and true believer out of me! Thank you Lighthouse Chiropractic!