I went for my second chiropractic treatment on Monday and I’m thrilled to tell you that the results so far have been phenomenal!
After my first treatment, my jaw was moving more freely, my posture was better, my balance was better and I was trembling less. The second treatment was even more profound. While I was laying face down on the table, I was having difficulty swallowing, but didn’t say anything. Then the chiropractor made an adjustment and instantaneously, I was swallowing better. The next morning when I woke up I discovered that I had regained my singing voice! By opening up my throat I recovered my voice. Words cannot possibly describe the feeling of being able to sing again! [I need to tell Linda Ronstadt!]
At the end of the session, the chiropractor gave me a couple more exercises to do. The first one involves lying face down on the bed, arms at the side, palms up, elbows touching the bed. Then lift the right leg up as high as possible [leg straight]. Hold for 5 seconds, then lower and raise the left leg. Repeat 2-4 more times. This routine is meant to strengthen the back muscles.
The next exercise is more of stretch. Go on your knees on the bed, feet hanging over the side, butt resting on your knees, chest resting on your thighs, stretching your arms out as far as you can.
The chiropractor also encouraged me to do a breathing exercise. Take a deep abdominal breath in, hold for 5 seconds , then slowly exhale. At the end of the exhale do 3 short abdominal exhale bursts to clear out any remaining stale air from the lungs. Repeat.
Those of us experiencing a neurological condition tend to become more hunched and stooped over time. Also, because we are in a constant state of fight-or-flight our necks and throats tend to tighten up. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With bodywork, technique, practice and diligence, we can retrain ourselves to stand proud! And then listen to us sing!
Have an awesomely melodic day!