In December 2011, I started experiencing a great deal of neck pain combined with limited range of motion in my shoulder. I expected it to heal on its own, but within a couple of weeks I headed to my doctor. She asked a few questions and prescribed pain medication, an anti inflammatory and a muscle relaxer. She explained that the anti inflammatory should help it to heal and I should see results in about ten days. I saw no such results. I couldn’t sleep and turning my head was difficult, which made me a pretty poor driver.
A friend suggested that I go to Capitol Rehab, which I promptly did. It was clear during my first visit that Dr. Mayer understood exactly what was causing my pain. He put my neck into a position, held it there and said that I would be able to move my shoulder. I tried and he was right. Amazing! Dr. Mayer gave me neck and breathing exercises to do on my own. My pain started to decrease and my range of motion improved considerably right away.
As a patient at Capitol Rehab, I have also had the opportunity to work with Justin, India and Russ. They have helped me to breathe correctly and to learn a better approach to exercise.
The vertebra in my neck feel different than they ever have before. I can run my hand along the back of my neck and tell that it is better aligned. My lower back also feels different and I know that it is because I am using the correct muscles to carry myself. I never expected to improve my posture. I went to Capitol Rehab for help with pain and range of motion. I have no pain, I have full range of motion and I have learned things about breathing and exercise that make me better than I was before the injury.