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A Kindred Spirit: Why the chiropracter is my best friend

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By Teresa Bell Kindred
Around my house it's not the cereal that goes snap, crackle, pop: it's me. Mainly it's my neck and shoulders that give me problems. I was fifty years old before I visited a chiropractor. I'm not sure why I waited so long, but now that I've been to one (a very good one) I don't intend to stop.

Dr. Kelly Scatena is my chiropracter. She looks like she's not old enough to be out of high school, doesn't she? I promise she is. She has certificates on her wall to prove she went to college and Chiropractic school (I checked).

At first I was dubious about the benefits of getting adjusted, but not any more.

One of our twins had scoliosis and after one year of treatment the x-rays showed the scoliosis was gone.

For awhile I took a glass on how to make stained glass. Part of the process requires cutting the glass and it's sort of tedious and requires applying pressure with the glass cutting tool. I didn't want to 'mess up' as my boys say because glass is expensive, so I tried exceptionally hard not to make a mistake.

During the weeks I took the glass I had to visit Dr. Kelly on a fairly regular basis. It seems I carry all the tension in my body in my neck and shoulders (she says most women do).

After the class ended I got better--until recently. It seems that NanaHood is sending me back to Dr. Kelly weekly. I'm spending so much time at the computer (and my posture is not the best) that the tension is once again causing problems for me. I don't feel the tension while I'm working but when I go to roll my head around--snap, crackle, pop.

And so I go see Dr. Kelly and we have the same conversation we had the week before. It goes like this:

Me: My neck and shoulders hurt.

Dr. Kelly: Are you drinking lots of water?

Me: No, I don't like water

Dr. Kelly:(heavy sigh) Are you working on the computer eight hours a day?

Me: On a slow day.

Dr. Kelly: (heavier sigh) I'll see you next week.

Evidently the fact that I refuse to drink a lot of water (never more than a sip) is really bad for me. And the fact that I consume water in mega-doses of coffee and tea doesn't seem to impress her.

If you don't have a chiropractor, find one, especially if you are a computer fiend like me.

About the author: Teresa Bell Kindred lives in Edmonton, Kentucky with her family. She is the author of several books including Mom:PHD: Leadership Skills for Moms. She is a public speaker and has spoken to several different women's groups in Columbia and Adair County. For 13 years she was a magazine columnist for Kentucky Living magazine. Presently she is a grant writer for Metcalfe County Schools and is working on another book. Visit her online at Teresa Bell Kindred...A Kindred Spirit to read more about her, purchase her books, or invite her to speak to your club or organization. Email her directly at

Nanahood, "An online community for grandmothers and moms"

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A Kindred Spirit: Dr. Kelly Scatena

2009-11-01 - Photo by Teresa Kindred. "Dr. Kelly Scatena is my chiropracter. She looks like shes not old enough to be out of high school, doesnt she? I promise she is. She has certificates on her wall to prove she went to college and Chiropractic school (I checked)." -TERESA KINDRED, A Kindred Spirit: Why the chiropractor is my best friend
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