"I initially came into your office 3 weeks ago because I have chronic pain from a car accident that happened over 7 years ago. I have osteoarthritis in my lower back and neck. My back hurt from the base of my skull all the way to the bottom of my back. My shoulders burn because the muscles are so tight. I have limited range of motion in my neck, especially when turning it to the left. I would have dizzy spells on a daily basis. I have chronic headaches, tinnitus (ringing in my ears) and TMJ. I was born with a foot deformity which caused me to walk on the outside of my feet. This resulted in a bone spur in my right heal along with tendonitis.

Since you’ve been treating me, my back pain has improved dramatically. I do still have the occasional day when I will do too much and the pain in my lower back will return, but most days of the week, I have no lower back pain! My shoulders used to burn 24/7 but now they only burn a couple days a week and the burning sensation is not as wide spread as it once was. The range of motion in my neck has improved. I’ve noticed that I haven’t had to turn my whole upper body to look to my left when I’m driving. The frequency of my dizzy spells has diminished to where I rarely have them. I do still have the chronic headache but it’s a quarter of the intensity it used to be. My TMJ has improved as well. My jaw isn’t nearly as sore as it used to be and it doesn’t pop in and out of place as much either. I’ve also noticed that I’m walking properly on my feet. It’s the first relief I’ve had in more than seven years!

Your treatment has changed things I never thought it would. I can play with my kids without worrying about how much I’ll pay for it later. I actually went outside with them— by myself— this weekend, and we had a snowball fight and built a snowman. I was able to play with them the way I want to without needing my husband there to do the heavy lifting. I don’t wake up in the middle of the night with cramps in my back. I’m actually sleeping through the night. I’m standing up straighter. After years of pain and several doctors telling me there’s nothing they can do, I had lost hope that I would ever feel relief from this pain. By the end of the day, it was almost unbearable. I would literally get up from the dinner table every night, get on the floor and curl up in the fetal position, hoping for some relief. I haven’t done that since I started coming here. I’m much more cheerful now and am not so irritable at the end of the day. I would wake up in the morning and barely be able to get out of bed because my back was cramped so badly. Now I practically jump out of bed. I actually feel good when I wake up in the morning! I feel refreshed and ready to start my day instead of dreading having to get out of bed. I used to feel like I was a 28-year-old woman trapped in a 78-year-old’s body. Now, I’m starting to feel my age again. The mood in my house is better and happier. My husband used to come home late every night. This past week, he’s been coming home early! It’s almost as though my family is feeling my relief. It’s amazing. I didn’t realize my pain affected them so much. I also didn’t realize how much pain I was actually experiencing because I had been feeling it for so long. For the first time in years, I’m optimistic about my future. I know that I will continue to feel even better as my treatment progresses and my body heals. It’s hard to believe that just three weeks ago I thought I would have to live in pain for the rest of my life.

When I first came into your office, I was skeptical. I thought you’d go through your process of treatment and in the end tell me there’s nothing left you can do for me. Just like all the other doctors I’ve seen. I never imagined that a chiropractor would be able to heal my body the way you have. And I never thought I would feel so much better after such a short amount of time. My husband has been telling me to go see a chiropractor for years. I’m so glad I finally listened. After more than seven years of marriage, he finally won an argument and I couldn’t be happier."

Blayre McCrum