I’m Shenyn Gale, a sophomore at Stillwater Area High School, I have been a competitive swimmer for 5 years on a team called SEMS along with the Stillwater varsity swim and dive team. My story starts in February 2014 when I was playing basketball in my gym class where I was struck in the back of the head with basketball. I never lost consciousness but I did get a killer headache. I went to the nurse and was struggling to remember what all had just happened, I did not remember getting hit I just know that my hand went to the back of my head so I assumed that was where I was hit.
My mom took me to the doctor the next day when I couldn’t make it through the school day because the headache was so severe. It didn’t take long for the doctors to conclude that it was indeed a concussion and that I would be out of the pool for two months. This news was devastating considering Minnesota regionals championships and the big state meet were in just two weeks. I never in my 5 years of swimming took this long of a break so when I finally went back after two months of absolutely no physical activity, I had a lot of making up to do. I was way far behind all the people I used to be ahead of and couldn’t make the intervals that used to be easy. Shortly after I had started swimming again in April I had a lot of sharp, aching, throbbing pain in my right shoulder that quickly spread through my back to my left shoulder. I then got checked out by two doctors, one that specializes in swimmers and they were both so sure it was tendonitis, and had me in physical therapy. I was in physical therapy for 5 months and nothing changed, nothing got better and when it came to swimming my times were at an all-time low. I went from a 5:19 in the 500 to a 5:43. This was devastating to me, and it was obvious, so a concerned friend told me to try chiropractic treatment. At first we were skeptical. We had never tried chiropractic care before, but if it worked for my friend Ciana maybe it would work for me.
I came in to see Heidi not knowing what to expect and honestly. I was kind of nervous. They took my x-ray and found the curve of my cervical spine went in the wrong direction. Heidi said it was a typical whiplash injury from being hit in the head by the basketball. Makes me wonder if I ever even had tendinitis, or was my pain from the whiplash when I got the concussion. Finding that out made me wonder “why hadn’t we taken this x-ray earlier.” After my first treatment with Heidi, I was astounded by the difference it made. I could move, I could lift my arms above my head, I could raise my hand all the way in class and when I went to practice that night it was the first time I had been pain free since April. After one treatment I noticed a world of a difference, I didn’t realize all the pain I was in, I didn’t know the restrictions I had with things as simple as washing my hair and grabbing the box on the top shelf in my closet. My first treatment was 7 weeks ago; I started with visits twice a week for the first four weeks and then once a week after that. I have been pain free ever since. As for swimming I’m coming back strong. This past week I competed for Stillwater in the True Team State meet and raced a 5:25 in the 500 the best time I’ve gone since before the concussion. I couldn’t be happier!
THANK YOU HEIDI