That time the vet treated my back….

I do hate to be a Moana McMoanyface about my back, so I promise I won’t go on too much!

I’m starting a new physiotherapy treatment on Friday which is supposed to be the berries altogether, according to any French person I’ve mentioned it to.  However, I’ve still been having pain and I just felt wrong so I asked the doctor if it would be a good idea to see an osteopath beforehand, for a final straightening out.  Bien sûr, he said.  In fact, he added that I should see the osteopath on completion of the treatment (12 weeks!!) to see how I am.

A small aside… I effing love our local medics!!  They’re all so completely accepting of complementary therapies!  There’s none of the prevarication I’ve heard from their Irish equivalents : “Well, if you find it beneficial” or “I suppose it won’t do you any harm.”  Just “Of course! “

But I didn’t want to see my regular osteopath, Moïra.  I feel like she knows me too well at this stage, if that makes sense.  And the last time I visited her I got a sense of frustration on her part that I keep going out of kilter after treatment.

One of my friends recommended an osteopath in Manosque.  But it’s a bit funny, she said.  This osteopath is actually a vet as well, and you’ll find yourself sitting in the waiting room with a bunch of dogs and cats!

Vet/osteopath?  There can’t be too many of them around here!  Yes, it turned out that this lady is the same vet/osteopath who treated Flurry and Aero three weeks ago.

So now I’ve been treated by the same vet as my horses.

How do I feel after it?

Like I’ve been hit by a train, to be honest.  Her method of treatment is not like any I’ve had before.  There was no clicking or crunching; no gentle finger-pressure manipulation.  There was a lot of head manipulation with me lying flat on my back, followed by a lot of sometimes-painful heavy pressure treatment on my back with me lying face down.

But I felt sort of validated, or even vindicated, afterwards.  I’ve been beginning to wonder if my pain is psychological, because there’s nothing major to see on my x-rays, just normal wear-and-tear arthritis.   And I’ve been feeling I should be damn well getting over it by now.  But this lady, like Moïra, found that my pelvis was completely thrown out to the right and the rest of me is twisted to compensate.  But unlike any other osteopath or chiropractor I have ever visited, she honed in on two specific areas, one  in the middle of my rib cage and the other in the upper-butt region, both of which are constantly sore.  And, when the treatment was finished and she was discussing what she’d found, she said I was so crooked that it was no wonder I’ve been in pain.  And all I could think when she said it was “Hooray! I haven’t been imagining it!”

It’s one day post-treatment and I ache all over, but my left hip is particularly sore, right on the spot where I was kicked by a grumpy horse twenty years ago.  I blame this kick for everything, and I’m hoping that the fact that it’s sore now is a good sign.

Fingers crossed.

Now I promise to turn off Moana Mc Moanyface for a while.  Hopefully she’ll be back to normal soon.


3 thoughts on “That time the vet treated my back….

  1. YES. I, too, have back pain, especially lower back pain, something that’s hurt since I was bucked off years and years ago. (that damned horse…)
    A woman in my area, Sue Connors, is sort of a polymath. She teaches dressage. She rides dressage. She’s a licensed doctor/chiropractor (I believe it’s the same as osteopath) for horses, primarily…but she also does people. My husband had spent a week in a boat, and his sciatica retaliated. (just another reason I never go in boats).

    So, on a whim, we decided to find a chiropractor. Sue’s name popped in my head as she’s worked on horses in my barn. We went to see her. She was working on my husband and I heard his back go POP! And MY BACK said GIVE ME THAT NOW.
    oh my god. I begged her to do my back. The moment she touched it..I wasn’t even lying down yet…it went off like a machine gun. pop pop pop pop pop, just like that.
    She, too, did some yanking on my neck and head. “Girl, you are a mess” she said. She, too, wasn’t ‘gentle’ although she wasn’t rough, either. It’s necessary, honestly, Horses or humans, bones are sturdy things and need a little more ‘grrrr’ than your typical gentle massage.

    I learned that from massaging horses professionally for over 15 years…you can’t just run your hands gently over the outside of the horse. That’s not where the pain is. Horses are big heavy animals and you have to work to get into the deeper muscles. It’s why my shoulders are shot and I can no longer massage horses. And when my friends ask me for a massage ((I am NOT licensed to massage humans)), I warn them, look…I learned on horses. I’ll get to the pain but it might be a little rougher than you’re used to from a human massueuse. The muscles are all the same, but….there’s a big difference in size.

    Anyway, the next day, I was sore, wondering did I make the right decision? The day after that, though, was the first day in years that my back didn’t hurt. I felt GREAT.

    And you’re right. There are doctors et al who think of things like chiropractory and acupuncuture (something I swear by for pain relief), as ‘woo woo’ medicine. I agree, stuff like “Reiki” (where they run a hand OVER you, never touching you) or ‘iridology” where they diagnose your ills by looking at your irises…that’s woo woo. But a doctor who can’t open his mind to other than “western medicine’ is doing his patients a disfavor. But osteopath, chiropractors, to some degree naturepath and definitely acupuncture..are all effective methods, and I appreciate a doctor who has the open mind to refer one to a specialist in those modalities.


  2. Poor thing! I know how you feel! All this constant pain and everytime you here somebody else mentioning that they are in pain makes you think you should stop whining because others have it worse….Good that you got a second opinion, that is sometimes the start to heal, and she confirmed what you have felt all along as well. I would love to have the same vet and chiropractor. Thats freaking awesome. She knows your body and your horses body, she should be able to see dependencies in your biomechanics. 😊 Hope you feel better soon!


    • Exactly! I keep thinking that other people who have pain must be worse off then me, because I’m not actually limping (at the moment), I have good flexibility because of doing yoga but still I’m sore all the time. And it does become wearing when it goes on and on 😦
      Yes it’s interesting having the same lady who treats my horses. She’s coming back on Friday, unfortunately both horses need to be seen again, Aero is still coughing, albeit much less, and Flurry is still head shaking. I’m still rather dubious about this whole homeopathy thing… time will tell!
      Back in Ireland, we had the same guy for human and equine osteopathy. He was just starting off in his career and he said several times he would love to treat horse and rider at the same time but we never took him up on it! Now he’s a big-shot osteopath in Canada… I think we missed a good opportunity there.


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