Chiropractic care saved my life, and I don’t mean in a spiritual way, I mean in a physical way. I truly feel that if weren’t for chiropractic adjustments and an optimally functioning nervous system, I could have been seriously injured or quite possibly could have died. I know that may sound crazy to some of you, so let me explain why.
In July 2006 I was hit by a motorcycle while riding my bike. I was with a group of friends up in “The Gaps” – the north Georgia mountains – where we had gone for some big hill riding, a 55+ mile bike ride that took you up and down three big mountain passes. At the top of the third climb (Woody’s Gap), we gathered together before heading down the mountain, which was a 5-mile descent and then took you into the town of Dahlonega. I was not a fast cyclist, so took up the rear heading down the mountain.
If you’ve ever been in the Gaps, you know it’s full of bikes – both road bikes and motorcycles, in particular, the crotch-rocket motorcycles that go speeding up & down those roads. A few minutes into going down this mountain, a large group of them passed me, I remember them zipping by and then all of a sudden I felt something odd, and remember thinking “I’ve never felt that before.” It had to have been the moment of impact when one of those crotch rockets hit my wheel, but the rest is a blur. I remember bits and pieces after that, including sliding down the road on my belly, “Superman” style, with my arms and legs in the air. I remember sitting up right next to the guardrail, as the mountain went down very steep on the other side. I saw bike parts all over the road (both my bike and the motorcycle). I remember standing up and walking, and some woman telling me to sit down. I remember looking at my wrist, seeing that it was all distorted, knowing it was broken (was obviously in shock, as it didn’t hurt initially). I remember some man kneeling near me, telling me he hit me. Thank goodness he stopped, as otherwise I would have had no idea what had happened.
Remember when I said I was the last one going down the mountain? Well since my friends were ahead of me, none of them knew this happened. I was alone, and totally relied on strangers to help me. They called 911, they took my bike, someone gave me an ice pack, and they talked to me. The ambulance took me to the hospital, my friends eventually found out and met me there, and the woman who took my bike dropped it off at the hospital. I had X-rays & a CAT Scan, and then transferred to a hospital in Atlanta – I had a badly fractured right wrist in a few places, a broken shoulder blade, and massive road rash all over me. Yea, that Superman style skidding down the mountain resulted in road rash all over my thighs, my belly & my breasts. Oh the pain.
However, that was the extent of my injuries. How is that possible? He was probably going 50mph and I was going probably 30mph, and I had NO scratches or cuts on my face. There were no cracks in my helmet. My head did not touch the ground.
The only thing that can explain it is that my nervous system was working as optimally as possible, my subconscious took over and instinctively I protected my head. There is no other explanation, at least not that I can think of. I can’t get hit that bad, be thrown from my bike, roll and skid all over the ground, come to a stop, and have no cuts on my head or face. Yes I can say God was looking out for me, but I think he looks out for most people. I believe, I feel, I know that because of chiropractic care, I was free of subluxations that day, and my body was working at its best, and my nervous system kicked in in a matter of split seconds and I held my head strong off the ground, my subconscious at work. I didn’t intentionally do it. It just happened. I had been getting regular adjustments for 10 years, and my nervous system was at it’s best that day.
Do you want chiropractic care on your side in the event of an accident? Chiropractic care is not about pain; it’s about health and optimal function. Every day, every week in my office I see “miracles” – people getting better, reporting better health and function, better energy, better sleep (and yes less pain as well). You are better off having a body free of subluxations, than one with. When was your last chiropractic visit? Are you getting adjusted? There is nothing more important than your health and your life. Make sure you visit a chiropractor on a regular basis.
I’m sure glad I get adjusted. I’m at the 10-year anniversary of that crash and I’m very glad I’m alive and well.