Lifting is tough on the body. Of course, not exercising can be just as bad for you, if not worse. Long hours sitting in the car, at a desk and on the couch all combine to create a host of problems in our hips and core. Add in all of the time we spend hunched over cellphones and it’s no wonder that our bodies are a mess! Since injuring my rotator cuff and pec minor in 2014, I spend a fair amount of time on mobility. But it’s not enough. I believe in self-maintenance but I also believe in regular chiropractic and soft tissue care.
The problem is that not all chiropractors are created equal. I had a guy who I went to for a couple of years and he did great work, including adjusting my extremities. I’d leave his office feeling like new money, ready to take on the world! Unfortunately after driving almost two hours to get back home, I’d undone most of what he’d done. I tried other providers close to me but they weren’t able to adjust me for one reason or another. So I stopped trying. I did get occasional sports massages from Stephanie Williams, LMT the co-owner of Iron Beast and those got me through a rough patch when every set of bench pressing caused intense pain. Stephanie opened up my shoulders and chest to the point where I can maintain my range of motion with daily foam rolling and mobility work. Then I went to Stephanie with a nagging pain in my left hip. She worked on me and told me about two minutes into the session that I needed to see a chiropractor. My spine is slightly twisted and my pelvis is rotated anteriorly. Not good. Neither is the shooting pain I feel when I’m coming out of a squat.
You can see in the above video of my last meet that my feet aren’t even. My left foot is slightly in front of the right.
It’s even worse in my second attempt.
Now that we know the problem and that it’s not something I can correct myself at this time, I’ve started the quest for a competent chiropractor but I don’t want just anybody. Here are my criteria in no particular order:
- No more than a thirty minute drive from me.
- Don’t tell me to stop lifting. You’re wasting my time and yours.
- Demonstrate that you have experience with athletes, preferably strength athletes not just sedentary eggshells who wander in because they’ve had a car wreck or slipped in the grocery store aisle. I’m interested in an optimum life, not just existing. If you have experience with Active Release Therapy (ART) that will be a definite plus.
- Prioritize educating me to maintain myself with periodic return visits. I don’t mind several visits in the short-term but I intend to be a partner in my healthcare not a passive guinea pig.
I’ve found a couple of possibilities and my next post will cover the results of the initial visits.
John Greaves III writes for a variety of outlets including Power Magazine, StrengthAdvocate.com and Powerlifting Watch. He is the founder of Garage Gym Life and has authored two fiction books involving powerlifting both of which are available on Amazon.com. He is a record holding Masters powerlifter, a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a former Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor and was a silver medalist at the 2001 International Kickboxing Federation National Championships. He is constantly seeking out interesting people who have rejected an average life in favor of building an extraordinary legacy. John’s been training for twenty-three years and from a garage gym for sixteen. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.