By carefully observing the osteopath at work, I was able to reverse engineer some of his moves. However, since I was interested in performing the adjustments on myself, I would have to rely upon stationary objects for leverage (e.g., a corner wall, a couch, or a door). Unfortunately, sometimes my back would start to go out when I was away from home, so would resort to doing my exercises in public places like some eccentric health nut.
Soon after moving back home to California, my back problems flared up again. I hadn't had enough time to secure health care coverage in the US and didn't know who to call for help. In my desperation I found a pdf version of a chiropractic text book online and tried to figure out what adjustments I might need. Laid out like a slab of meat on our dining room table, I instructed my poor wife how to find my L2 vertebra and sacroiliac joint while I frantically motioned to the diagrams on my laptop.
Good news! Our marriage survived.
Eventually I hobbled my way (picture a really tall Quasimodo) to a local chiropractor who gave me a "special volume discount" of 40 visits for a $1,000. Fast forward a year, and I had secured health insurance and was again in need of that chiropractor's services. My jaw dropped when he tried to charge me fees so high that I would end up paying him the same $1,000 out of my own pocket despite also having to pay monthly insurance premiums on top of it. We parted ways, and in his place I found an excellent chiropractor, Dr. Mark Daly of Belmont, California, who I heartily recommend to anyone in Silicon Valley with back pain in need of quick relief.