Getting The Ribs Right

Dear Audy,

It was bound to happen, really. Just a little injury. Just a little injury that hurts a lot. It’ll all be fine though, I am feeling better today.

I had been having some extra stiffness in my shoulders that I couldn’t seem to quite work out myself, so I went along to see my osteopath. I had a ridiculous amount of tension, knots and knots of it in the area, along with a slightly rotated rib.



Kind of hurts as though that tree were representing pain, only on my right side.

It has been my experience that when things are rotated, rotating them back is more painful than getting them out of line in the first place. I used to suffer from a rotated hip frequently. It would go out every three weeks like clockwork and the osteopath would fix it up for me. Then it would be sore for a day and then fine again.

After I developed CRPS, the hip would go out even more often. I was lucky to get through two weeks before it repeated its cycle.

Despite having messed my rib up a little, I was extremely proud that my hips were all nicely still in place on this visit. I haven’t suffered from a rotated hip in at least six months, if not longer.

The only explanation I have for this remarkable development? The improvements coincide with my beginning to practise Feldenkrais. It’s wonderful to see such dramatic results from all of my patience and hard work. Mostly fairly passive work, but hard work just the same.

It takes determination to make things change and determination isn’t always a speedy fella, he’s just really consistent.

So, back to the rib. It had most likely just sort of worked its way out of place thanks to my extra activity and the knots that this had caused. No big mystery. I had a heap of knots in my left shoulder that weren’t usually there, upon my osteopath’s query I realised these were because I hold Sam’s lead in that hand when I’m walking the dogs.

I have been doing so much dog walking that the evidence was right there in my body! That’s actually a pretty exciting thing for me. You don’t just go from de-conditioned to re-conditioned in a magic moment; building up muscle takes a bit of painful work for anyone.

Things that are painful for anyone hurt more for those with central neural sensitisation, that’s just sort of how it works. Everything painful is amplified. That applies to stimuli that isn’t painful as well.

I’m currently dealing with the fallout by resting a lot and keeping my heat pack nice and toasty. It’s more crippling than I was expecting (because of course I expected some fallout, I’d be pretty naive not to).

I once broke my collar bone in a dramatic crash at the bottom of a speedy hill, on my pushbike. My rib feels like a broken collar bone in the back. It’s difficult and painful to lift my right arm, especially above the elbow. It feels a bit inflamed and I’ve had some muscle spasm attacks, one that left me gasping on my back on the floor because it came on so suddenly. My neighbour knocked on the door to make sure I was OK, I guess they were pretty loud, wailing gaspy things.

It passed though, like everything does…thankfully. Impermanence can be an unsettling fact of life, but geez, it can also be mighty merciful.

I have plenty of books to read, shows to watch and a lovely bath to soak in. I really have nothing to complain about, but I thought it was important to let you know the kinds of obstacles that I encounter on my path to a healthier, stronger body. Just a little yang for my overall positive ying.


Love & Random Cowgirl Cries,

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  • 2 thoughts on “Getting The Ribs Right

    1. Rosalia

      I am glad to hear that you are feeling better! I hope and pray that you get a healthier and stronger body soon. You can also listen to music. It is good that you will be able to read books, watch shows etc which none of us will be able to do due to lack of leisure. The images shows wonderful art. Hope to see you well soon!

    2. Ross

      Sure hoping to see your body get healthier by the week! As one person to another dealing with our CRPS I understand completely what you mean in this post! We will beat this disease that tries from all angles to shut us down. Unfortunately it’s affected two people in you and I that won’t let it win though!

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