Sunday, March 29, 2009

My Chiropractor

There are roughly 220 registered chiropractors in Dnipropetrovsk, a city of 1.7 million people. Anatoli is not one of them. He was taught by his grandfather who was taught by his grandfather. I did not know this when I first went to him over two years ago, on the advice of Roman's partner Lena. I just thought it odd that he that he held a full time job somewhere, which we had to work around.

He practiced from his home, with nothing more than a blanket on the bedroom floor for me to lie on. He was excellent, far better than some of the "Massage-type" chiropractors I had been to here in Ukraine who didn't ever snap me into place. (Ideally a chiropractor treatment should be followed by massage).

Once he finished adjusting me, he held his hands lightly on my back and I was amazed by the heat generated but thought it was simply part of the treatment. Then he spoke at some length to Tanya about what I should do - exercise, lose weight, the usual. When I asked what we owed, he said to give him whatever I thought was right. Again an oddity.

I was back to see him three weeks ago and again Friday. Again the light touch of the hands on my back after the treatment and the amazing heat generated. This time, I knew what he was doing, as Tanya had told me more of his background. Part of his training from his grandfather was the passing on of a gift of diagnoisis, NOT healing, but simply describing any problems in a person's body and recommending treatment. Also, if he charges for his work, he will lose the gift. He can only accept what people offer.

He told me to either lose the lard or suffer the heart-sequences. Maybe I will listen.

4 comments:

  1. Glad to know there is someone who can help you.

    I've heard before of the "hot hands" treatment -- it's actually almost spiritual in nature.

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  2. I'm to the point where I need a 100,000 mile tune up. You know the joints lubed and tightened. If only they could replace your sholders I'd be fine.

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  3. In my case, they should just jack up the radiator cap and run a new car under it.

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  4. When it comes to spinal correction and adjustments, a chiropractor is one of the specialists you can approach. They specialize on techniques that can give immediate relief. And I’m glad that you found a chiropractor that is very well-versed with the practice. Now you have someone to count on whenever those painful moments come back again. Take care!

    Joan Stevens @ Stringer Chiropractic

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