Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Laughing Brick Massage
Since I was 14 I have seen many different chiropractor's over the years, most were of no help with my situation. Some would tell me to put a 1/4 inch lift in my right shoe, others would tell me to take it out. Most just wanted to crack my back and to ignore the other problems with my tight roped up muscles, or what was really causing my spine to curve. When ever I would ask them about working the muscles, their reply was all ways the same, once we relieve the nerve pinch through manipulation of the spine, the muscles will release their tension, sounds good but never happened for me. I lost faith in all chiropractors by the time I was in my thirties. In 1999 My friend Steve Rainbolt who was doing alphabibotics and acupuncture on me, he keep bugging me to see a friend of his Brett Smith a chiropractor, finally after a few months of Steve pestering me and me saying I was done with chiropractors, I caved in and made an appointment.
Steve was right as Brett Smith was so much different than anybody I had seen previously. Brett was the first to work with my skeleton and muscles in a integrated way. He would test my muscle strength, and then try to activate the muscles that were inactive, by deep tissue massage witch can be painful. At first I was reacting to the pain by all the facial expressions and noises one makes when they are in pain. Brett said "it's going to hurt more by doing what your doing with the faces and noises, why don't you go the other way with it". At first I thought, the other way, what are you talking about, this hurts like hell and then I thought I will try make myself laugh, and it diffidently helped deal with the pain, the harder I can laugh the less it hurts. Theres lots of science behind that statement if you watch the video. I have gotten some strange looks over the years from different people who were working on men a similar painful way as Brett.
Brett also got me to see a massage therapist at his office. The poor guy was sweating and really trying hard to massage my back and shoulders said afterward " massaging you is like tiring to massage bricks". That was the unfortunate truth about my body at the time and I did not take that statement personally, I was actually very thankful for him being so honest with me.
Their are a very few good chiropractors. My advice when seeing a chiropractor is, ask allot of questions and find someone who works with whole body in a integrated way.
If you are in San Diego here is Brett's number.
Brett Smith, DC
842 Washington St Suite B
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: (619) 297-3465