Growing up, I struggled with chronic sinus infections to the point where I would miss at least a week of school every month because the pressure in my head was too much for me to concentrate on anything more than the TV and I would be so lightheaded and dizzy that I couldn’t stand up for very long. With every symptom I had, I was given some sort of medication, either over the counter or prescription, and was told that what I was taking would help me feel better. But it did not. In fact, even though I was taking the antibiotics and did the sinus surgeries, I was getting worse because over time, my sense of smell diminished as well as my sense of taste and I constantly felt like my head was going to explode from the pressure, which eventually I got use to and thought it was normal. That is until I discovered chiropractic.
I went to the chiropractor for the first time when I was 16 years old after a shoulder injury from playing volleyball. I will be honest with you, I wasn’t excited to go at first because I had it in my head they would just give me more medication and wouldn’t be able to help me. Boy was I wrong. After one adjustment, I noticed some improvement in my shoulder and could breathe just a little easier, but I didn’t think anything of it because it was a nice day outside and my sinuses don’t usually act up on nice days. After 3 or 4 adjustments however, my sinuses were draining like they had never drained before and I knew something was changing inside of me. But that was just the beginning. After experiencing a drastic change in my health like that, I wanted to be the person to tell others about this amazing way of getting well without drugs and without surgery, so I set off on the path to become a chiropractor.
After chiropractic school, I learned that there was more to it than pain and symptom relief. That if my body was adjusted regularly, I could prevent all of the nasty chronic symptoms from happening all of the time and I started to notice it would take less and less time for me to feel better again the more I worked on correcting my spine and cleaning up my lifestyle, in particular getting my gut microbes balanced and therefore my immune system working better. Today, I maybe get A cold or A sinus infection a year. A night and day difference to me compared to getting an infection of some sort once a month. All because I proactively took my health into my hands. The first thing I did was actively participate in my spinal correction by doing my home care every day and never missing an adjustment. But I also exercised smarter and chose healthier foods instead of basing my diet on the food pyramid or following the my plate recommendations along with minimizing as many toxins as I could. And on top of that, I worked on my mindset, educating myself on what wellness truly is and how I can naturally take care of myself all the while making sure I wasn't self sabotaging.