Before I began seeing Dr. Vickers:
I was a competitive gymnast growing up and suffered multiple ankle sprains over the years that I competed. I had 2 major car accidents in my 20s, 2 surgeries in my 30s (2 c-sections), and in my 40s started to experience the inability to recover from workouts or even something as fun as a volleyball game. I was a long time patient of chiropractic and I spent 3 years off and on doing PT but got little sustained relief and was in constant discomfort in my lower back and hips. I woke most mornings with this discomfort, sometimes pure pain, and went to bed with it every evening. I had been dealing with it so long that it had become normal and I was unaware of how much it was affecting me, except for the fact that every time I did something active with my kids, I was in more pain than usual the next day. I began to worry that I would not be able to life an active life into my 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.
When my 10 year old son suffered an ankle sprain last year, I had a lot of worry about repeated sprains. After we finished PT with him, even the PT said he was 80% likely to re-sprain his ankles. I happen to see a flier for a talk given by Dr. Vickers about injuries and decided to go. I was immediately impressed by Dr. Vickers knowledge, approach and hopefulness that he instilled about recovering from injuries. I am no longer concerned about an 80% likelihood of re-injury. I was familiar with Applied Kinesiology but had never seen it used in this way.
How is it now & how it has changed my life:
I started seeing him and for the first time in years began to feel hopeful that I could regain strength and activity without having to worry about pain management. I was skeptical at first but I kept going and in the last 2 months have seen huge gains with little day to day aches and pains even amidst lots of activity, yard work, hiking, etc. Having 2 very athletic kids, I also take them to see Dr. Vickers when an injury occurs as part of the recovery process.
Now, not only do I see myself hiking, water skiing, running, and generally being active with my kids as they get older, I also see Dr. Vickers as an important part of the toolbox that I use to keep my kids healthy as well. I no longer worry about the long term effects of highly active sports (like I struggled with) and feel the freedom to let them play hard.
Most of us have aches and pains that we deal with on a daily basis. If you are lucky enough to make it to your 40s without an accident, then WOW, and this may not be for you. But if you’ve had any physical trauma then it may be worth checking out. Plus many of us have kids that are active, have falls, injuries, etc. Dr. Vickers is an amazing resource to help keep everyone in your family healthy and whole.