This is a personal note (over and above showing my credentials on the “About” page) to let perspective clients know a little bit more about how I practice.
Connecting with one’s doctor is a big part of healing, particularly holistic healing. While holistic healing is not shy on technology (cold lasers, electrical stimulation, electro-acupuncture, etc) it also relies on a connection between the doctor and patient. Holistic healing is often about rebuilding one’s health and can take time. Trust is an essential part of the doctor-patient relationship.
One thing in my life that has given me more empathy and understanding of what my patients are experiencing is my own experience of (and healing of) a disc injury in my low back. I’m reminded of the expression…
‘It takes one to know one’.
A couple times in my life, I have experienced severe pain. Enough to make me miserable and derail my life for a brief period. Twice I resorted to serious pain killing drugs, which were a godsend at the time. Let me tell you about my experience and how I was able to heal my low back (holistically). It may be relevant to you and give you some confidence.
On the 4th of July weekend in 2008 I spent the entire weekend cleaning out our garage. We couldn’t use one of the car stalls because it was piled almost to the ceiling with boxes and “stuff”. By Sunday I felt a little low back soreness. By Tuesday I was in such pain that my wife drove me to the ER.
I got some life saving pain meds that allowed me to calm down, sleep and rest.
Yet at the same time, I knew that there are serious side effects to the current pain killing drugs (the nsaid’s, oxycontin and the other opiotes, etc.). So following an MRI scan and a surgical consult, I resolved to get off of the pain drugs as quickly as possible. Because this is my business, my profession I had the resources (and knowledge) to do so.
Long story short, I was able to get back to work quickly, while avoiding a cortisone injection that I had scheduled during my visit to the surgeon. One day a couple of weeks later I was driving home from work (pain free and off all pain drugs) when it occurred to me that I had just proven what I practiced. I had managed to heal a serious low back condition in fairly short order, and had done so holistically (with the appropriate help of pain killers for the first few days). I raced home and asked my wife to take my picture with the crutches that I had used during that painful week. Here is that photo. (The sun was almost down by the time I got home and got outside for the picture).
This site and my professional practice as a chiropractor are dedicated to giving you all of the resources available to solve your pain problem.
I hope that you’ll take advantage of my offer of a complimentary consultation. Just fill out the form below with your name, email address and telephone number. I’ll personally give you a call.
Harlan Mittag, D.C.