by Jake Johnston
I had no job. I was not in school. My neck hurt every night and I couldn't sleep. I would toss and turn. The pain would shoot down my right arm to my hand. I had shaky hands with little strength. I tried yoga and went to doctors but they never diagnosed me except to say I had scoliosis. I could never be disciplined with yoga. It was very hard to sit in a chair.
My mother was fed up with me. At 23, I was out of school and living at their house. The fact that I would complain about my neck and back was considered just one more thing that I was dealing with during a very depressing winter.
Dr. Hardick took one look at me and knew I was in bad shape. I looked depressed, poorly dressed, unemployed, and without direction. The x-rays looked worse. My spine was really bad. One disc in my neck was deformed.
I decided to commit to corrective care and I visited Hardick Chiropractic Centre three times a week for 3 months. Out of school and work, Dr. Hardick certified my stock market licenses and gave his full support to me returning to school, helping me with my real mission to University. My back slowly stopped hurting and I was able to pursue a very physical job at Sebastian's. Physically it was amazing to be able to use my body.
I still get adjusted 2 times a week. I am at the top, or near the top, in all my classes, with straight A's. I am able to sit and attend all classes. It is such a relief that my back and neck don't hurt and I can use my hands without pain. It just takes one more major barrier out of my life.
Dr. Hardick has reminded me it is "the lifetime accumulation of wealth" that I should strive for. To me, that means education, work, and health of body, spirit, and mind are the key to a healthy, wealthy, and productive life. His constant encouragement convinces me to keep going.
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