Between my weight and lifestyle, my back doesn’t like me very much at times. It doesn’t take too much for things like yard work or walking in crappy shoes or sleeping in a new bed or a host of other things before my ribs start slipping out of position. Then my body starts screaming at me.
Sometimes I can do stretches and rolls, and sometimes with a bit of help from Andrea, it will release and move back into some semblance of alignment. Not always perfect but enough to reduce the screams to a dull roar. Other times, it won’t budge without professional help.
Last Thursday, I was supposed to have a chiro appointment, but I thought I was getting pink-eye again, I woke up with a sore throat too, and a bit of congestion. Probably fine and being fine are not the same thing so I had to cancel my chiro appointment. But my ribs managed to fully slip out of position over the weekend and my body was screaming at me again.
It literally felt like my lower rib cage was sitting about 4 inches in front of where it should be. Almost like a series of right angles coming in from my back as if I was made of offset lego blocks. I stretched, and it released a little. I did some more and it released some more in my upper back, but the ribs weren’t budging.
I suddenly realized that while Wednesday is a government holiday, the chiro office might be open and it was. But I also noticed that they had appointments available TODAY at 5:00. Sign me up! I normally go in the morning to get it all out of the way early, but it makes for a bit chaotic morning sometimes to get back in time to log in and start work.
I did the appointment, and we started with a slightly different set of pressure points and lighter than normal just to do simple alignment all over my back, and then he did a slightly different angle on my lower back. My ribs IMMEDIATELY said “Oh, we’re supposed to be over THERE? Okay, why not?”. Perfect simple adjustment. Mid back, same thing. Upper back? Nope, we’re not budging, they said. Neck was good, hips went fine, but upper back did NOT want to release. That’s okay, I can do that one mostly on my own with stretches. But it sure was nice for the ribs to go back and my stomach and digestion to go back to normal. When things get out of alignment too much, I start having digestion problems, and bloating, and just general rib pain, oh my!
Today I choose to fix my back, and it’s back to being right as rain.
What choices are you making?