Naturopaths ROCK!

Dr. George has become my go-to-guy for just about everything that ails me these days.  I’ve shared quite a bit in the last couple of weeks about my shins.  After the hours of standing on them Friday, all the walking on them Saturday, then the driving for two hours on Sunday, my shins were crying out for help.  I had kept up icing them when I’d feel the inflammation and I was using Da Balm on them when I knew I was going to be active.  By Monday, I wasn’t feeling the inflammation, but the pain was enough for me to worry about a stress fracture.  There was also a bumpy area on my right shin that was concerning me because I knew it wasn’t inflammation.

If I was worried about a stress fracture, why didn’t I get an x-ray?  I wanted Dr. George’s assessment before going to pay my other doctor for a visit and x-rays, then a potential referral to an orthopedist that might yield nothing for me.  I learned my lesson after all those tests and visits to specialists last year.  Dr. George found in a matter of minutes, what modern medicine couldn’t find for over 3 months.

With anything new, I have to spend a few minutes telling him how the original injury happened, what I’ve done to treat it and how it feels now.  He told me before he started, “This is going to hurt, you know.”  I responded, “I figured it would be, but how bad can it be compared to when you worked on my jaw?”  “It’s up there with that.”  Oh great.  I have a rather high pain threshold.  When he did the work on my jaw when my TMJ first developed a year and a half ago, it was quite painful, but I focused and breathed through it.  He commented that he’s had men walk out in tears after having the same work done on them.  Well, yeah, it’s PAINFUL.  I don’t blame any of the men that walked out in tears.

While he working on me, we started talking about movies, books, my body’s response to taking gluten out of my diet, and other wellness issues.  Our usual topics of conversation.  We have similar tastes in movies and books.  He’s a huge Star Wars fan and he’s the one that suggested the Twilight books to me.  I think the conversation served as a distraction as it gave me something else to focus on while he was working on my shins.  When he was done with the shins, he gave me a nice little tune-up, which I definitely needed.  Things just started popping all over the place, even in places that I had no idea were tight.  That’s one of the things I love.  I used to see my chiropractor as well, but Dr. George is all-in-one for me so I get more bang for my buck.  It was like a saw a physical therapist, general practitioner, and chiropractor today.  I really do like my chiropractor, Dr. O’Neil, but because we had to limit spending, I couldn’t see both of them.  I would recommend him to any of you in the Louisville area who need a chiropractor, but maybe aren’t ready for a naturopath.   His contact information is in the link I provided.

Before leaving, he showed me how to work my shins to help them heal.  Thankfully, I got to him before a lot of scar tissue had time to form, but that bumpy area on my leg is tendonosis that I’m going to have to work out.  Until then, I have to lay off the interval trainings, which I had been doing.  He informed me that I’ll now be  prone to develop shin splints from now on and not to overdo the running.  I told him I was planning on keeping to my mile and that is it.  No way am I going to attempt to do marathons or even 5Ks.  There was a day when I could have done a 5K, but that’s not my desire.

I linked Dr. George’s website at the start of this post.  If you are in the Louisville area and are searching for alternatives to pain medications and costly specialists, give him a call.  His full name is George Dominguez, but I call him Dr. George.  His fee is $50 for 30 minutes and $25 for each additional 15 minutes.  I’ve never been there longer than 30 minutes, but I know he’s had to go over on some clients that just had a lot going on.  I’ve also never been there less than 30 minutes, so you do get your money’s worth while you are there.  The only time I had to wait over my appointment time is when the client before me needed a little extra work.  But, there usually isn’t a lot of people in the waiting room and it’s pretty serene in there.  He shares space with other alternative/holistic practitioners.  If you give him or Dr. O’Neil a call, let them know that I sent you.  I don’t get a discount or anything, they just like to know who referred them.

Give naturopathy a shot.  I dare ya.  What do you have to lose?