The body is a curious device.
I write this as I’ve returned from the chiropractor having initially booked an appointment concerned about my knee. Having had similar discomfort before, I knew it wasn’t something that a typical massage therapist could have taken care of despite it being a muscular issue; my chiropractor often deals with the muscular aspect of my body which causes postural and muscular impact. Chiropractors are all too often seen as ‘back crackers’ but whose specialties include, as outlined on my chiropractor, Elaine Donovan’s website, ‘the diagnosis and treatment of problems associated with joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the body and particularly those of the spine. Treatment usually consists of manipulative techniques’.
Upon initial inspection Elaine established that my hip to the left side (the same side as the knee issues) was slightly misaligned which was causing the strain on my knee and giving me the impression of ‘feeling twisted’. I’d initially expected that this was an appointment that I could be squeezed into, assuming to correct the issue would take only moments to resolve but as Elaine advised ‘knees are the innocent party really, if they’re feeling out of whack the cause is usually something to do with the feet, hips or back.’ It transpired that actually the twisted knee was the cause of a number of knock on effects; not only was the knee twisted and hip misaligned but my back was taking a considerable hit and my neck too! It’s pretty difficult to conclusively determine the chicken and the egg in this scenario but I found it amazing that a seemingly small issue, which wasn’t causing me any vast difficulty but more of an annoyance and some discomfort, was actually the result of a number of other causal influences.
Without visiting Elaine I probably could have carried on as normal. However on reflection, all it could take is a trip or fall on already strained joint to cause some serious implications. Instead, the little annoyance is resolved and my body, quite literally, sighed with relief by the end of the appointment- Elaine and I both joke that it’s her favourite part of a session because you leave the table all floppy where the body relaxes so much. I guess the moral of the story is, it’s worth getting the slight misalignments checked over, there is probably some bigger issue behind it!