Bicycling, Carolyn Baskir, Cary North Carolina, Chiropractic, Fitness, Genevieve Courtwright, Health, HIT- High Intensity Training, Music, North Carolina, Omega Chiropractic, Running, Stelios Spine And Health, Stelios Zografakis, Tabata, Tri Myers, Vera Barrett
Up until my fifty-fifth birthday two-years-ago, I thought I was aging well, then fate, genetics or karma pulled the rug out from under my feet. Seemingly overnight, I went from being fit and fast (for an old man) to pain filled and glacial. Activities that I once enjoyed, running, cycling, swimming, HIT Tabata workouts and hiking, became unbearable. Aching, twisted joints and ever-present pain are huge deterrents to activity and my wife, a hard-driving, gifted athlete, wondered where her training partner had gone.
Depression and weight gain led to a downward spiral that interfered more and more with daily life. Having moved to Trinity, Florida I began to visit chiropractor Stelios Zografakis, who helped this spiral to slow and then lessen. Stelios Spine and Health, in conjunction with massage therapist Genevieve Courtwright, brought back a shadow of my former self, but moving from Florida to Raleigh stopped my chiropractic visits
I knew stopping chiropractic was a big mistake. After all, I’ve seen three chiropractors in three states since I was thirty-five and over the score of years have learned that the older I get the more help I need in health maintenance. I knew it, I just didn’t follow up.
I didn’t follow up until the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune became so bad that I needed relief just to get through my day and that was when I began visiting Tri Myers of Omega Chiropractic in Cary, North Carolina. Doctor Myers, along with physical therapist Carolyn Baskir are a hard-working Dynamic Duo laboring to put ol’ Humpty-Dumpty together again.
My proximate cause for seeking relief is constant pain on the left side of my neck that fluctuates between moderate to severe and is accompanied with restricted mobility. That’s the big pain-in-the-neck, but Dr. Myers paid close attention to my complaints of joint pain and swelling along with my eating habits. We’re working not just to correct the life-robbing issue of neck pain and lack of mobility, but also to increase quality of life through diet, stretching and specific, problem-area strength-training.
Physical Therapist Carolyn Baskir is a patient instructor/task-master/cheer-leader all rolled into one. I am not the most coordinated of old men and Carolyn listens patiently and instructs adroitly as she works to help me increase my quality of life by repeated tutelage of exercises that put me on a path to greater strength and flexibility.
And don’t let me neglect Alfred, er, Vera Barrett! Vera is Omega Chiropractic’s Girl-Friday, a warm and welcoming, dead-pan deliverer of a receptionist/office-goddess/majordomo. I seem to have developed a penchant for forgetting the exact time of my Omega Chiropractic appointment and Vera shakes her head and laughs off my befuddled call asking, “Hey, Vera. It’s Keith Kenel, when was my appointment again?”
Today marks three weeks under the Omega team care; I’d like to say my recovery from pain, improper diet, poor posture and swollen, aching joints enjoyed a miraculous, instantaneous recovery. I’d like to, but I can’t. I know that recovery, rehabilitation and rediscovery of my wife’s training partner will take time and effort and here’s to the team that’s helping me find a path back to a life that is less painful and more enjoyable.
Light up the Bat Signal! I’m off to see my Dynamic Duo!