Anxiety About Seeing a Chiropractor


When I was young I was very active. I would run everywhere I needed to go. I would swim all summer long. I would ride bikes until it was too dark to see in front of me. As an adult I became far more sedentary. My interests turned to more laid back pursuits, like reading and playing video games or watching movies with friends. After a minor accident in college I developed back pain. I figured it would go away with time but it did not. So when I moved out to California I found a chiropractor in Santa Barbara. I was able to make an appointment right away and see someone the week after I moved in.

I tend to be a bit anxious about doctor’s appointments. So waiting for the day of the appointment was the hardest part. I worried that my back would feel worse afterward or that after all this anticipation and nervousness I wouldn’t have any change to my symptoms at all. My anxiety made me talk myself out of going at least a hundred times during that week that I waited. I never called and cancelled like I wanted to though. I knew no matter what I had to go at least once and see if there was anything that could be done for me.

It turned out that I didn’t have anything to worry about. I got there and the chiropractor asked about what brought me there and did some things to my back. I went home and realized, it didn’t hurt as bad as it used to. I started going there regularly and without even fully realizing it, the pain just went away. I know I’m going to keep going to and getting my back taken care of regularly and now that I know what to expect, I am no longer anxious.