My Trip to Canada Almost Got Ruined

I had never been to Canada. I had never been out of the country before. I have only been to a few states. I went to New York once and visited Niagara Falls, and that was as close as I had ever gotten to Canada. I remember when you could just walk across the border using your driver’s license for ID. Now you need a passport type of ID. Slipping in some mud on my first visit to Canada was not part of my itinerary, and neither was having to visit a Vancouver chiropractor to get my back to stop hurting.

I was very happy that the chiropractor was able to take me as a patient. I did not know how it would work with me seeing a doctor as a visitor of a country that has a type of universal healthcare system. I have been to see a chiropractor before, and I got a tremendous amount of relief for the pain I was having in my shoulder that was injured. My whole upper back hurt all the time, and the only relief I got was from going to get therapy from a chiropractor.

I guess when I slipped in the mud I wrenched my back when I was trying not to fall down. It did not hurt much at first. That is how it often is with a back injury. My back felt like it kind of popped or something got stretched too far. It was a little bit of a burning pain that lasted for a few moments and then dissipated. The only thing I felt was a very dull and odd sensation. However, as the day wore on, the burning returned with a very definite ache along with a lot of stiffness. I could barely move from a standing to seated position and vice versa. The Vancouver chiropractor salvaged the rest of my vacation by helping to get me out of pain and back to the activities I was enjoying.

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