I’ve had bad posture my entire life. Growing up, I didn’t know why I always slouched so much. I just knew that I was comfortable that way. Years later, I realized that it’s because of the muscle weakness caused by mitochondrial myopathy.
Last year was the first time that I ever experienced ongoing back pain when I somehow tweaked my neck and lost all range of motion involving my neck muscles. I couldn’t find a single way to relieve the tension. At the time, my uncle had fallen ill. Living in Southern California, my family and I had to take the 605 freeway to visit him in the hospital. If you’ve ever been on the 605 freeway, you know it’s awful. Especially for someone with neck pain. It’s eroded with thousands of potholes. That’s when my mom and I decided it was time to bring me to a chiropractor.
My mom has been getting adjusted by a chiropractor for years because of a car accident. I went to her appointments when I was young, so I knew what to expect. She informed me that I might be sore afterward and that it’ll take a couple of visits to completely get rid of the muscle pain. The doctor was very understanding of my disease and was kind enough to adjust me while I stayed seated in my wheelchair.
I experienced some pain as he put pressure on certain areas of my neck, but after a few adjustments and stretches, I regained most of my range of motion back. I made sure to ask him if there was anything I could do on my own to avoid getting myself into the same situation. He suggested lying down on my back and resting my arms above my head. That way gravity would be working to pull my shoulders back.