Saturday, November 8, 2008

Oh My! That Felt Good!

So, this morning I went in for my follow up with the chiro. It was pretty interesting. The x-rays show that my hips are out of alignment (one is higher than the other) by about 1/4 to 1/2". He could even see the difference in the wear on my shoes (and I can't). That's the root cause of my problem. The other thing is that most people have some curvature in the spine in the neck area. Not me. Mine is straight (probably from years of a desk job using the computer). He said that every time I sneeze, all that pressure goes straight down my back and affects my lower back. And those of you that know me well know that I sneeze a lot. Interesting.

After going over the x-rays, the outlined treatment plan, the costs, etc. he did my first adjustment. I've always been a "popper". I know I shouldn't, but I've been able to pop my neck, my back, my shoulders - basically if I felt it needed to pop, I'd pop it. But popping isn't the same as adjusting and man, I've never heard my body pop like that. And it felt good! And my back doesn't hurt as much right now.

But, he told me to rest for the rest of the day today. He said if I want to exercise tomorrow, I could either walk on the treadmill at 4mph and a big incline, or I could get on my bike on the trainer. I go back Monday for another adjustment. I know some people don't believe in chiros, but I'm giving it a shot. We'll see what happens. And maybe if he gets my hips aligned it will help my running and maybe I can run faster. A girl can hope, right?


M, Ms. R, Mom, Auntie M, Marey said...

Glad you're feeling better! My hips are off too...I learnedthat in college...most likely from carrying my nieces and nephew on my hip as a nine year old! I hope you are able to exercise and feel even better tomorrow...I rode with a friend about 20 miles today...sure different on my road bike than my work bike!
Happy Saturday!

Grandma J said...

I believe in chiropractors and getting adjusted. The only downside, from personal experience, is some of them like to sell stuff.
I'm glad you are feeling better!!

Shauna said...

Oh, I LOVE my chiropractor. He's saved me more than once from a running ailment that would have sidelined me otherwise. The trick is finding a good one...I've been to a few bad ones in the past and ended up feeling worse. I'm glad you are feeling a little better!

Anonymous said...

I've always been a little unsure about chiropractors. Glad it helped though.

Frasypoo said...

I' ve heard people say that aligning their hips has improved running.
Is this a common runner problem ?

Missy said...

I think I need a good chiro too...they've always scared me but I think I need to take the plunge.