October is National Spinal Health month, coincidentally the month I decided to have my first experience with a chiropractor. I was initially going for something I would consider a non-chiropractic issue, sinus pain and was surprised that this ailment could be treated that way. Apparently more things than you can think can be treated with the right chiropractic care and the right chiropractor. Dr. Paul Grillo is definitely the right chiropractor with more than 25 years experience and one of the best judging by return clients who date back to those early days.
His passion for chiropractic care started from a young age as his parents sent him to their local chiropractor Dr. Fisher for all childhood aches and pains. It was when he suffered from a debilitating flu as a boy, being carried into Dr. Fisher’s office, realising the power of chiropractic care when he was able to walk out. Since that day, he set his goal to become a chiropractor, first getting a bachelor's in Psychology from Vanderbilt University that seems to have help him expand his curiosity of the human psyche which is one of things he enjoys in his job, connecting and talking to the diverse steady clients he has. Then he earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College alongside certification in Chiropractic Sports Physician from Logan College of Chiropractic. He is also board qualified as a chiropractic rehabilitation doctor. He ended up working with Dr. Fisher, the chiropractor who initially treated him as a kid and Dr. Grillo eventually took over the practice. This all sounds solid and well rounded to me.
I didn’t know what to expect going to chiropractor, my knowledge was limited, mostly coming from TV having seen people get their necks twisted in one rapid motion to one side producing a crack. That looked terrifying but it was on TV so surely it couldn’t be that accurate, I told myself. The session started with me laying on my front, exactly like you do on a massage table, Dr. Grillo started pressing on various areas of my back to check the tension in my muscles and mobility of my spine and skeleton. He calls this soft tissue work, manipulating muscles. There was sudden vague sounds of cracks indicating that tension was released from my spine before being asked to lay on my back. He started feeling different points in my neck, pointing out that I was severely block on the right side, he starts rolling my head side to side asking if it would be okay to unblock it. Flashes of those people at the chiropractor’s with their noisy necks on TV popped up in my mind and I tell him that I am not sure if I am okay with it since I had never had it done before….there was only one way to find out. After gently rolling my head side to side which was extremely relaxing, it happened, one swift movement of my neck and the most deafening crack I had ever heard in my life. It stunned me at first but then I realised my neck felt like brand new, there was much more mobility and to think I had been limited for probably most of my life. It got better, he started working on my sinuses and stimulated my immune system with pressure points. Having had sinus pain and discomfort, off and on, for over a month, I was amazed how quickly this helped. Dr. Grillo explained to me that besides realigning the spine to remobilize and relieve pain in the body, chiropractic care can also help to stimulate the immune system to help the body heal, deal with sinus pain, aid in helping expectant mothers have easier births and help relieve trauma to newborn babies. Asking what he sees most of in his practice, laughing, he mentions that simple activities such as people straining themselves doing yard work are common complaints. He tells me, “chiropractic care may not save your life but it will save your lifestyle”. It’s definitely something to be done every so often depending on the person and their ailments, essentially it’s a tune up that can lessen pain, expand mobility and ease chronic symptoms.
As a first experience at a chiropractor's this was better than the best I could have hoped for and I shouldn’t have doubted it because he was recommended to me by one of Dr. Grillo’s mentors, non-stop top nutritional advisor Reid Eckert. Dr. Grillo feels that Eckert and official chiropractor to the Panthers, Dr. Nicholas J. Ruggerio have helped him widen his practice and continually help to expand his knowledge.
If you are thinking about visiting a chiropractor for the first time or have questions about what the right kind of chiropractic care can do for you, check out Dr. Grillo’s practice:
9838 W Sample Rd Coral Springs, FL 33065