Joint Pain Insights

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A Big Fat Torticollis, Before A Wedding…

Obvious neck pain...

Cynthia's neck pain raged like fire early on a springtime morning in May and sent the bride to my door at 7:00 AM; with a Torticollis…

A Torticollis is not a breakfast pastry -  this is a condition where one’s head is bent laterally to one side and is stuck in that position. This is a very painful condition, and it can take hours to get a person out of pain using the drug Codeine…

Without any fast acting anti-inflammatory drugs, it can take days…

I had three and a half hours and a huge dilemma on my hands…

Hormonal bio-chemistry at a wedding is capable of producing all kinds of joint pain; and it usually does so in the form of neck pain just hours before, and some of the hours after the ceremony at the reception…

During my assessment it was revealed that the bride, was having a ‘Big Fat Greek Style Wedding’ with her bridal party, her family and not the Greek Orthodox, but instead, the Catholic Church…

As it turned out, an attempt at peace-making the week before went from Molotov Cocktail to an Atom Bomb force argument when Cynthia, our bride, suggested that her best friend, who was a Lesbian, escort her mother and her grandmother up the aisle dressed in a Tux (the shock was to be tempered with a pink tie and cummerbund of course), instead of her cousin, Rick, whom Cynthia despised…

But, since it was a full on, large Catholic wedding, the idea of her lesbian friend and a tuxedo was not being received well…

And this had forced our bride and her friend to instigate a covert plan of action the week before…

Which is another story…

But, the sheer stress of this action had put our Cynthia under so much tension that, during sleep the night before her big day, her neck twisted into a stiff and painful Torticollis; which in turn became my pre-wedding challenge...

Why Neck Pain Erupts
Wildly At Weddings…

Is there any chance you all could take it just a little easier at that open bar...?

Weddings themselves can be inspiring, spiritual, loving and gentle events -it’s just the planning, timing, buying, styling, dressing, choreography, coordinating with a hundred other businesses, and staging that is a bit of a worry…

Weddings possess their own special arena…

Decisions get made with 100% percent emotion and usually little or no logic. This is because logic leads to penny pinching, and penny pinching is not beautiful, extravagant, or romantic– unless being an accountant or an actuary is the thing that ignites that special, romantic spark in you...(?)

Needless to say, emotions around weddings erupt like large, silent, unseen volcanoes in the form of chemical lava racing through our brain tissues – when we take a look at the physiology that a wedding produces; we find that weddings are a mecca for multiple hormonal interactions that, as I have found in my personal/professional experience, are literally are a pain in the neck…

Compliments of our bio-chemistry as it relates to our stress hormones – to be brief and not too detailed, as hormones are secreted, they convert through cascading effects into other substances, and then wreak havoc on your body if the fallout from this chemical reaction, as it interacts with your body, is not used by means of physical exertion…

Among the aftershocks are muscle spasms and subluxation (mis-alignments in your bones) …

Hormonal fallout that can also aggravate Osteoarthritic conditions in your neck and other locations in your body…

Some of this fallout can also maintain stress (and dump fat into the body in the case of the hormone Cortisol) if it is not used up physically. Many of us, especially at a wedding will combat the tension of these hormonal overloads by drinking copious amounts of alcohol, followed by drunken uncoordinated dance moves that can lead to accidents and injury…

Including neck pain in all forms…

Having attended about twenty weddings in my life time, for fifteen of those, I was a Chiropractor…

At each of those fifteen I attended, between 3 and 5 people ended up in neck pain due to a combination of stress and/or accident… 

Yeah...some chiro will end up working on him...Wasn't me btw...

So, I have decided to post my top five Neck Pain wedding incidents...

With our winner at the top of the list…

1. The Torticollis noted in the opening of this blog is my winner of course… (Love you Cindy, don’t be mad…)

2. Accidental tripping off the bandstand while trying to dance with a female guitarist who gave an ace slap to that guy’s face, right on the sweet spot, rotating his head farther than his head was planning on turning that night…

3. One unfortunate lady who got whiplash doing the ‘Duck Dance’…(?)

Coming in for a close 4th and 5th place...

4. The priest who’s jaw spontaneously locked and he had to mumble the ceremony… (technically a TMJ and minor neck adjustment, but, was one of the best…)

5. Eileen the bridesmaid, who got Holy Water in her ear when they splashed it everywhere out of one of the instruments the priests swing around; she shook her head so hard her neck went into spasm and froze…

Summarizing…

An enthused couple who I probably would have seen later...

My personal rules of (a rare) wedding attendance are:

  •         Relax…

  •         Dress comfortably and do not be part of the wedding party if it is acceptable...
  •         Take a mini cooler of ice packs and snacks that are not noisy to eat…      
  •         Have my Activator Gun (chiropractic adjusting instrument) on me at all times…     
  •         Assume I will be treating someone for neck pain…

Having said all of that, I believe wedding planners should include a chiropractor in their wedding packages…

It would be good for the profession, safe for everyone involved in the wedding party and those in attendance, and my fellow chiropractors and I might just be able to attend a wedding in peace…

Without unbridled angst anyway...

Weddings would not be as much fun if we all behaved perfectly; but it would be nice to feel more assured that everyone will leave with their brain intact and their head attached to their shoulders in a way that supports life etc...

And yes, I say that with a grin of amusement; because I know it will never happen…


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Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”