In late November 2021, I started feeling a strange twinge in my lower left back. Thought it would go away but instead, that pain started traveling through my lumbar region and left glute/leg. It was a “familiar” pain path—which almost mirrored my original disc herniation that occurred in my L5/S1 back in 2011-2012.
With much mental rehearsing to calm my own fears, I told myself “I am NOT getting a spinal fusion”. My massage therapist referred me to “this great chiropractor” and assured me that before I even consider calling my back surgeon or my regular doctor, I need to call Dr. Herfindahl! Much to my surprise, the kind, understanding woman who answered the call immediately claimed my initial fears. Upon arrival to my appointment, I was completely impressed by every facet of the experience and learning what a subluxation was! Wait…. Liz made me repeat the word, twice! (LOL!)
After reading my x-rays, Dr. Herfindahl asked me “Are you ready? This will be intense but worth it.” I recall that fear resurfacing and I had to interrupt him and asked “Intense, as in pain, because I can’t handle any more of that” as he smirked and said, “Intense as in commitment — attending appointments, following up on home assignments and exercises and complying with the plan kind of intense” and I said “Ohhh I can DO that!”
I immediately started decompression therapy; I still had a little fear-not going to lie. But Liz, who is the ultimate caretaker, calmed me down, too, just with her innate kindness and beautiful spirit. She was real and down to earth and made me laugh. Then, there was Kyla running around helping all of us by turning off timers and getting me hooked up to e-stim and making sure I was comfortable and had ice when I wanted it and teaching me how to do “the ABC’s with your foot” to regain ankle strength, which was GONE…maaan, I started feeling better mentally and spiritually!!!
I’m in the maintenance phase now and come in for adjustment and traction weekly. I am so incredibly grateful for divine alignments and appointments. I’m so glad Dr. Herfindahl answered his calling as an educator and healer! Shout out to Liz and Kyla as well because this dynamic team CARES, and it shows in all they do, every day. It’s not very often that I walk into a doctor’s office to welcoming smiles, shared laughter, GREAT music, and honesty. Those things matter—and are all part of the healing process!