Dr Erika was recommended to me by my friend M who works in the same office at the Flower Hill Health Center in Solana Beach, which is about 25 minutes south of me. For months I’d been having troubles with mobility. Some of it has been with me for over a decade, but it has all magnified by the the course of events and treatments, long days of being curled up in bed, propped up in a recliner at chemo and yes, of course weight gain contributes to the problem as well.
The arthritis in my neck I’d already known about. That was discovered after a car accident when I was about 30. Not sure what the cause was, but the answer was to stretch every day and use a “curvy” pillow to support my neck better at night. That seemed to keep it pretty mobile. That, and occasional chiropractic adjustments whenever it got out of whack. I waited at least a year into chemo treatment before I gave into her suggestions to go see Dr. E. I’d run out of excuses to have it seen to and it I’d caught a glimpse of my self on video and how I looked almost robotic in my movements. “I’m too young to look at the old!” I shouted to myself and off to Dr. E. I went.
At first glance I thought there was no way this lithe thing was going to be able to move anything in my spine or neck. I envisioned a cricket trying to adjust a walrus and laughed a little inside. Too late to back out so I gave it a shot. Later that day M asked what I thought of it and I told her in wide eyed fashion “She’s got Titanium thumbs~”, she laughed and said I wasn’t the first to mention that. If something wouldn’t move, she’d dig her slender yet amazingly strong thumbs into the area and voila…a popping sound was quick to follow. Not only did I immediately notice more range of motion in my neck but, my circulation seemed to improve as well.
Erika Posenaer is her full name, but she goes by “Dr. Erika” which is a warm and suitable nick I’d say. Through the course of my treatments with her I learned there was more to her than just being a “bone cracker”. She is also an expert in nutrition and neurological rehab and more. A hard habit to break is that preconceived notion that’s all chiropractors do is crack bones. I’m beginning to realize what a disservice it is to them and to ourselves. Something I was reminded of when I showed her all the stuff Frank had me taking only to find out she carried them all at her office. I have a tendency to either label a person with one thing and be done with or somehow assume they are the end all be all and can do anything. Hrmmm.
The plan was to see her every other week (partly because I knew that was about all I could afford), but by the time I’d get to the next appointment pretty much all the progress we’d made in the one prior was long gone. I was getting frustrated. I was doing the stretches she’d recommended, but it was hard to get my body to progress in any movements it was so locked up. I decided to look into ways to address that before going back to Dr. E. I did set up an appointment for her within a month to ensure I got off my tail and pursued what I needed to, to ready my body for adjustments that would last.
That’s where Dr. P comes in…