Thursday, September 30, 2010

Back

I have a post that's been marinating in my head for the past few days, but I don't think it's ready to write quite yet.


It's funny, I used to write ALL. THE. TIME. whether it be online or in my journal. I think my last journal entry was months ago, and obiously here on my blog things have not been as frequent. I don't know why this is, but I'm not worried about it. At least not yet.


I joined a gym! But I don't think I get any points for that until I actually go. Must get on that.


I'm really busy though!


Oh, here's something. The other day Superman and I went to the chiropractor for a long-overdue visit. We've been in this city a year now, so it was certainly time to find a chiropractor. Superman has his monthly massages to tide him over, but I've got nothing! We picked this office purely because they gave free massages at the walnut festival. I got a good feeling on the first visit. Just wish Kaiser partially covered the cost! It's still worth it, but ugh. They did an EMG scan of our spinal cord activity and here are the resulting pictures.


Superman's awesomely normal, healthy back:



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The goal is for all the bars to be white, which signifies normal, healthy nerves. The larger the bars and the angrier the color, the more inflamed, or irritated the nerve and joint is. Red = severe. Black = off the charts. On that note, here's my back:



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Hmm. Well, I can't say I'm terribly surprised because I HAVE noticed my lower back being extra stiff and sore, especially in the months that followed Elaine's birth. Does giving birth to a 'sunny side up' baby jack up your lower back more than usual? Sometimes I catch myself standing with the posture of an old lady - leaning forward slightly, shoulder's hunched.


Superman has always gone to the chiropractor religiously. I thought it made sense because of the work he did (and does); his back gets a workout and it's important for him to have no pain and full range of motion. I'm not quite sure why I didn't apply the same level of importance to my work and my back. Would rather do something else with the money, I guess!


Well, given that my mom has osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis), I don't really wish to continue abusing my back. I got xrayed today and my first adjustment will be tomorrow. I like this chiropractor office because they have a little weight/exercise room at the office, where they show you specific strengthening exercises to do so that you can increase the chances of your back remaining in the correct position.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't help but laugh at your's and Superman's comparative EMG scan. Hmmm. Police officer versus mother, which job is more stressful?If you don't want to fork over the money for a chiropractor's services, yoga and pilates are excellent ways of improving your...uh...back's healthiness.

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