My first visit to Briegel Chiropractic Center (now Wellness Chiropractic Center) was in May of 1997. My sister-in-law, Kim DeHart, was working at the office at the time and it took her 6 months to get me to come in. My youngest daughter, Morgan, was about a year and a half old and I had severe neck and shoulder pain from carrying her around. For about 6 months straight, everyday, the pain was there and I had a hard time sleeping. When I finally came to the Briegel's, Dr. Laurie explained about how the Nervous System works. When a bone is out of place, and is putting pressure on the nerve, the body is unable to function at its full potential and eventually will cause pain.
Before I was under chiropractic care I used to see a medical doctor at least 1-2 times a year. Back then I was prescribed a drug to take for the pain due to stomach acid. It helped while I was on it, but I never realized the side effects that would come from it. I didn’t know that stomach acid was a natural/good thing for my body and the drug that I was on was actually killing my bodies acid.
Simply by choosing to take the medical route is what I believe lead to losing my gallbladder. I was also on the path to losing part of my intestines. At age 27, I had surgery to extract my gallbladder. I was having pain so I was referred to a specialist and he had done an ultrasound and found 3 small stones. For that reason alone they took out my entire gallbladder.
Afterwards I had issues digesting every meal I ate because my digestive system was weakened by the lack of my gallbladder. And I now know that there are supplements that will naturally flush the stones out of your body without the need of surgery. Looking back it makes me sick to my stomach, and I wish I had known there was another way. I was so young… only 27 years old. If I had not changed my way of living to chiropractic, I believe I would still be having surgeries today, and there is no doubt in my mind that I would have lost a portion of my intestines, and who knows what else by now.
Although I had shoulder pains and a few headaches in the past, I was never one to pop a pain pill. I figured that I could deal with the pain and let my body heal naturally. Now that I know about chiropractic care, it all makes sense. I believe it was my innate (subconscious) telling me that I didn’t need those pills.
After seeing Dr. Lou and Laurie, I was amazed that after only a few weeks of chiropractic adjustments my pain had disappeared. At that point, I only understood chiropractic could help with pain. It wasn’t until a few months later that I no longer experienced that occasional headache or heartburn that I used to treat with over the counter drugs.
Chiropractic changed my life to the point that I made a career change. Chiropractic and wellness is now my career and my passion! I have been working for the Briegel’s for 18 years!