I know that this isn't your typical subject matter for a photography blog, but I did take the photo in this article. Seriously though, why am I writing about a chiropractor? As an event photographer and a former Marine my body hurts. Dr Wagner has helped me to be able to manage my back pain to a point that I had previously given up on. With this being said, please take a minute to read about Dr Wagner and what he does.
Dr. Wagner isn't your typical Chiropractor, he uses a specific type of gentile chiropractic, NSA, that doesn't involve your typical cracking and popping. It is more like he teaches you how to release your spinal tension through guided movements, breathing and increasing your body self awareness. I was a bit skeptical at first but decided to give it a try because I was just that desperate for pain relief.
As some of you know I was in the Marine Corps Infantry for 5 years with 3 deployments. That did quite a number on my back and joints. Before I started treatments I was having trouble sleeping because of pain. My back, and knees constantly hurt. Before every wedding or photo shoot I would start off by taking a couple of over the counter pain meds and following those with another two halfway through the shoot. Then for the next few days I would be miserable. As you can imagine I was irritable and didn't want to be social because I would rather not suffer through the pain of being out.
Fast-forward two moths of treatment and I couldn't be happier with the reduction in my pain levels. Don't get me wrong after a 10 hour wedding I am still sore, but not even close to what it used to be. Now I finish a wedding feeling better than I used to feel before I would even start shooting a wedding. Before I started working with Burton, the day after a wedding I would ask my wife to try to work out the spots in my back with pain rubs which helped but never totally fixed it. Now I maybe stretch a little before I'm ready for anything, a far cry from the 2-3 days of post wedding recovery I used to go through.
So this shout out is for someone who has increase my ability to manage my pain. Thank you Dr Burton Wagner, you have given me the ability to live without pain again.
If you live in the South Orange County area and want to see for yourself you can reach him here.
Burton Wagner, D.C.