I am a 73 -year old male who decided to be proactive. I came to Aligned with no aches or physical discomforts beyond the normal for my age - so I thought. Over the years, my work (college professor) necessitated hours of hunched over sitting, reading, studying, and computer work. In time, I developed a noticeable slouch and forward head/neck position. However, I was not experiencing any physical side effects, but I was sure that state of affairs would eventually change. So, knowing that good posture is necessary for good health, I decided to be proactive and correct my poor habits. A former student of mine recommended Aligned.
As I began treatment, I quickly learned how much I had been compensating for poor posture – and that I was actually having more discomfort than I had realized. For example, within the first two weeks of traction, I was now able to sleep on my back comfortably. It had been years since I could do this as my arms and hands would quickly “go to sleep” while lying in this position. That was just the start.
I also had been sleeping with three pillows for years: one for my back (lying on my side), one for my head, and one “hugger. “ After a few more sessions, I got rid of two pillows and now only use one for my head. I can now lie comfortably in bed for hours wherein before treatment, it seemed I was changing positions every 10 minutes because I could not get comfortable. Those days are gone. I can know sleep uninterrupted for hours.
I can also sit comfortably during concerts, theatrical and sports events without squirming in my seat every few minutes to get comfortable. Recently, I sat through the first half of a Cleveland Orchestra concert without moving! Again, I never realized how much I had been compensating for my discomforts/aches/pains. Same goes for driving long distances. I recently drove 12 hour straight to South Carolina. Before treatment, I would be in extreme discomfort after an hour or so – even with the use of small back pillows. Now, I had minor discomfort after about 10 hours. And no pillows necessary.
My posture has improved significantly. Besides the above, my balance has improved and overall I just feel better.
I can't make enough positive comments about Aligned. Dr. Bigrigg has put together a first class operation. The entire staff is friendly and competent. Dr. John Hopton is tremendous -- a highly skilled professional. He has a strong background in athletics having performed at a high level, and he excels at treating sports injuries. Stephanie, Patient Care Coordinator, is a delight – conscientious and efficient.
I am so happy that I took charge in this area of my health. To all seniors out there: don’t wait until you are in pain to get help. Act now. You might be surprised just how much discomfort you really are having and how much you have been compensating. Nothing beats good posture.