Pain in the Neck! :-(

A week ago I did something to my neck, and it hurts. I have limited mobility turning to look left and also leaning my head to the left. I've had a "sore spot" where my neck and shoulders meet for several years that I got when I started riding my bike a lot for IM training. But this new pain was on top of that old sore spot.
This morning I went back to Dr. Aberle, a Madison, Wis.-based Chiropractor who I used years ago. At that time I had mostly Graston Technique done. In addition to Graston, ART and other chiropractic treatments Dr. Aberle now offers Advanced Biostructural Correction (TM).
My body has many issues going on, I'll try to summarize correctly:
- my eyes are at different levels
- my mouth is at an angle
- my back teeth are higher than the front teeth (twist on different quadrant)
- my shoulders are rounded and tight
- my 1st ribs are pushed forward which limits my breathing
- my spine is missing its curves where it should be curved.
OK. This is bigger than a kink in the neck. I was surprised to see how working on my right
shoulder, arm and my right inner leg all helped relieve pain and give me more neck mobility.
I knew a little about fascia and its role in the body, so when Dr. Aberle spoke about its role in postural problems it made sense to me. To learn more watch this video - with the 3-D skeleton model it's easy to understand what's going on in the body.
It reminded me of professional triathlete and movement specialist Jessi Stensland and her experience with structural changes in her body and related performance. I remembered reading her post on active.com related to asymmetries and imbalances. Read it & check out the photos with examples! I'm attending Jessi's new MovementU clinic in March. I'm excited to learn more about my body and how I can start moving well!
My hubby and I met Jessi a few weeks ago when she was in town for a video production assignment. During the ride to dinner, my husband Ken said, "I used my abs once when running ... when I sneezed." Jessi totally cracked up in the back seat and said, "Can I use that?" Follow MovementU on twitter and you'll see Ken's quote.
Questions for You:
- What hurts?
- Tell me about your posture.
photo: public domain image

7 comments:

Velma said...

I hope you feel better sara! I have been having back issues that are related to a twisted pelvis way back from when I was pregnant. I am glad you are getting some help and have a great weekend!

Jen said...

My back hurts from all of my shoveling... and my abs from doing P90X Ab Ripper X.

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Teresa said...

You're not the only one! My entire right side is an issue. Thanks for all the great info and hope you feel better soon!

Jason Andrew Mellet said...

so lets see:

knee still hurts from acl sprain, bet is ok after the first mile or so
calves hurt when i run, especially if im not wearing my kinesiology tape on them
heels hurt 2 days after a run, probably going to tape them when im done writing this comment.

let me know if you want me to send you a sample of this tape for your neck & anybody else that is reading this. kinesiology tape rocks.

jason

Sara Cox Landolt said...

Thanks Velma! Yes, pregnancy does amazing things. My R/L leg/hips have issues related to that as well.

Jen - careful with that shovel & keep up the great workouts! It's fun to see you reaching so many.

Teresa- I'm glad the info was helpful. I hope your right side issues clear up too.

Hi Jason - Be careful! Treat your body well! Yep I have rocktape, I won some on my birthday, good stuff. :-)

Thanks all!
Also check out this Core Performance article.
Pillar Strength

ShirleyPerly said...

It's been a while since I've gotten any major neck or back pain, knock on wood, but I know how annoying and painful they can be. Hope yours goes away soon. I think my posture is actually best when I'm running (very upright, I've been told). Sitting, I'm terrible as I slouch/hunch over my computer for hours ....

Sara Cox Landolt said...

Thanks ShirleyPerly! My pain is getting a little better. And yes, I can relate to the computer-hunching syndrome!