O the Chiropractor: A Zen like Natural Health Oasis in the Heart of the Northwest Tucsonby Pat Alvarez on Feb. 02, 2012, under Health and Wellness
A Zen like Natural Health Oasis in the Heart of the Northwest Tucson
Last week I visited a chiropractor. I’d been to one years ago, but wasn’t comfortable. After a couple of visits, the practitioner’s hand slipped a further south than where I thought it needed to go – a very light touch…almost a brush…definitely not adjusting anything. It wasn’t overt, but something felt wrong. I never went back.
That’s the thing about being a woman. When you get touching treatments, adjustments or massage from a man (or a woman), you need to heed any radar warning that something isn’t right. Go with your gut and trust it. Sometimes we don’t listen to vague fears, that pinging feeling. As women, we are taught to be polite, friendly and cooperative. Fortunately, I’m a tad paranoid – suspicious if you will – and having grown up in a major city, I’ve learned the importance of obeying your personal alarm system.
I checked my health coverage website and found a single listing for a female chiropractor. I was surprised my health insurance even covered this; I tripped over the information by accident while surfing. I suffer pain in my thigh, hip, lower back and neck and it’s gotten progressively worse. Most nights I can’t stay asleep, because the pain in my hip radiates down the front and side of my thigh and becomes so uncomfortable it wakes me up.
I viewed www.Naturallifechiropractic.com and was impressed. The Doctor explains her philosophy along with an anatomy lesson – on-line. She outlines how she helps clients achieve structural integrity.
I made an appointment last week. My biggest fear was she would put me in a headlock and do something scary like snap my neck to the side. A friend went to a chiropractor years ago and told me they did this. Scared the Bejesus out of me. But, instead she did a history and exam followed by several soothing treatment modalities. I got a referral for a series of x-rays. I saw a film about the body and how it works showing the equipment used and how it impacts the spine.
Things sure change. They have tables for stretching the spine, an electronic tapping hammer like tool for adjusting the spine and a massager that looks like a meat tenderizer. They use electric signal therapies for pain.
I was taped along my lower back and felt the difference in my stance. My husband thought it was pretty funny and questioned if the tape was really doing anything. He’s analytical, you know, manly.
Soft Zen like music played in the treatment rooms and the reception area has comfy couches and interesting reading material. The staff are so happy and nice, it’s like they came from a different planet. The beautiful gated complex and buildings are across the road from Tohono Chul Park in North West Tucson, near Ina and Oracle. The compound is called Natural Life Holistic Oasis and is set up to be a one stop shop for alternative medicine – personal training, coaching, massage, counseling, osteopathic medicine and hypnosis to name a few partners.
By the time I left, I was feeling better.
I went for my second appointment this week and for x-rays, which the Doctor will explain at the next visit after reviewing them. I’m glad I went. She doesn’t know I’m writing this and I’m not about to tell her. We’ll see who’s reading my blog.
There’s one problem. My dermatologist, also a female, is Dr. Orlick. The new chiropractor is named Dr. Orwick. In what universe does that happen? Mine. They could be the O’s, 1 and 2, in my phone and Outlook Address book.
I have enough trouble keeping details straight…maybe I’ll start calling them both Dr. O – there’s just too much stuff in this head already and one of my pressing worries is my brain will explode.