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Here’s a conversation that happened in my office the other day.

“Dr. Martin I did a wheel today! I haven’t done a wheel for 21 years!!”

Me: “Awesome! I don’t know what that is but it sounds amazing.”

Marisa then educated me about what a wheel is in yoga. It looks like this:

There is no way on God’s green earth I could ever do that.

But Marisa could… And then she couldn’t.

She injured her back. For a while, she kept doing wheel even though it hurt. (“I was young and undeterred by pain,” she says.) But as she got older, the pain got worse, and she got smarter about not forcing her body to do things that hurt. So she stopped doing wheel — for 21 years.

For some people this might not be a big deal. But Marisa owns a yoga studio. She teaches multiple classes every day. Hard to do when you have back pain all the time.

Then a few months ago Marisa did a brave thing and started coming to see me for chiropractic adjustments. I say brave, because she had a negative experience in the past with a chiropractor and was understandably nervous about getting hurt even worse.

Marisa completed a treatment plan and continued coming in for maintenance care. And this week, 21 years after she lost it, Marisa got her wheel back.

I’m so happy for her! This is why Precision Chiropractic exists. We help people get back to doing the things they love.

By the way, when people ask me “Do you think yoga could help my back pain?” I always say it depends where you go. If you have a structural problem in your spine and you are not careful, then yoga could make your back pain worse. But if you do yoga the right way and don’t ignore your body’s warning signals of pain, then yoga can be a fantastic compliment to chiropractic care.

If you’re looking for a yoga studio in Durham, try Arrichion. I know the owners, Marisa and Steve, the owners, and they know what they’re doing. They teach you to do the movements correctly — so you don’t make your back worse.


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