Chiropractic Care for Lyme
Back in November of 2011 (pre-knowlege of Lyme), I was in such a sorry state, I was willing to do anything to start feeling better and figure out what was wrong with me. At that time, I was led to believe that most of my illness was due to Acid Reflux. Having a lump in my throat is acid reflux. Having loss of appetite was acid reflux. Back pain was acid reflux. Vertigo was acid reflux. The list went on.
Since I’ve exhausted all possible specialists with the exception of shamanic healing, I ventured to see a local Chiropractor. My whole consult was in relation to GERD. So my treatment was aimed at that. Yes, I have read that Chiropractic care can relieve GERD Symptoms and I was willing to try anything. However, as time progressed, my symptoms were changing and manifesting into different things. The body vibrations and tremors for one thing led me to believe that maybe the adjustments were messing something up. But I soon realized it was the Nexium that triggered that Lyme symptom. (Nexium is the drug that combats GERD).
In the beginning, after doing a “spinal scan”, my spinal health was really bad. I remember my Chiropractor saying “Wow, this is a really STRESSED body”. I started off with 3 treatments a week, then down to 2, then now to 1, eventually doing bi-weekly, then monthly for maintenance. It is now almost 7 months later.
So now knowing that I have Lyme, my Chiropractor is making sure that my spine stays healthy while going through the anti-biotics and with having so many things changing in my body, that he is able to at least keep the “pathways” open so to speak.
So in retrospect, I 100% believe that Chiropractic care is beneficial for treating Lyme. Every bit helps. For me, my Lyme hasn’t really manifested into a lot of joint/arthritic pain (more digestive wise), but I do believe that Chiropractic care can relieve these symptoms.
Think about it this way: the spine is the main part of the body holding everything together. When you have structural problems where bones are misaligned, nerves get irritated. Buy keeping everything “open”, you are able to have better blood flow and circulation etc. Lyme loves to hide in places where there is little blood flow. So when you fix that, your anti-microbials/anti-biotics can get into places and start killing the bugs.
I had also seen an acupuncturist as well as 2 Homeopaths trained in Chinese Traditional Medicine. (One of them needed a translator, so we know how grassroots this was). All 3 of them said that I have poor blood circulation. Not knowing I had Lyme at that point, it makes perfect sense to me now.
I have been researching about the benefits of Chiropractic care for Lyme and there isn’t a whole lot information. However, this morning while reading my Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment, a doctor by the name of Dr. Elizabeth Hesse-Sheehan put it into perspective for me. “If people with Lyme don’t attempt to fix their structural problems, then they will get worse symptomatically, and develop more arthritis, joint and muscle pain down the road, and not because of Lyme, but because of structural problems. People underestimate the importance of structure in human health.“
In summary, do I feel better ever since seeing a Chiropractor? Yes. I believe that his role has something to do with my healing. I can honestly say that right now, I feel much better than I did 6 months ago. Knock on wood.