I had another chiropractor appointment this morning, and we talked a bit about reasons why my neck and shoulders have so many problems. I’ve been pondering that question lately, with my shoulder, arm and hand bothering me so much, and I’ve realized a few things.
The first thing is that I’ve had chronically bad posture ever since Lyd was born almost 5 years ago. I remember my abdominal muscles being so weak post-birth that I couldn’t even sit up straight. I wonder if that initially pushed me into a habit of bad posture, a habit that I haven’t managed to break. (Although I often wonder if I had a little post-birth trauma after Lyd’s birth that caused the horrible posture. While, yes, every woman’s abs hurt after pushing a melon out of her yoo-hoo during childbirth, in the minutes after Lyd was born, I remember a nurse “massaging” my abdomen to get my uterus to contract. Ha! Massage, my derierre! That quasi-massage HURT (and I had just finished with a natural childbirth!) But I ignored it; I was in bliss holding my newborn babe and I was all high because I’d just accomplished a natural childbirth. Yet my gut was quite sore in the days and weeks following, and at the time I just assumed it was part of having a baby. However, with Baby J’s birth, the sore abs didn’t happen, partially because I asked the nurse not to “massage” so hard (I even put it into my birth plan and talked to my OB about it), but also because after J’s birth, I was bleeding pretty heavily, so they gave me a shot of Pitocin to get my uterus to calm down. So was that initial gut “massage” the catalyst to all this? Who knows.)
The second thing is that I tend to carry my tension in my shoulders and neck. I don’t know why, but I do. I clench my jaw pretty badly. The dentist says I should get one of those mouth-guard thingies. Yeah, yeah, blah, blah. But I’m sure that doesn’t help my neck stay in alignment.
The third thing is that, not only is my computer set up not entirely ergonomic, I sit with bad posture and droop my wrists onto the table. I’m now trying to type sitting up straight, exactly facing the keyboard, and holding my wrists up, as if I’m playing piano. It seems to help. My arm seems to be able to handle typing longer in this position, although it still can’t take typing for very long.
So, of my own volition, I am now making an attempt to walk and sit and type with correct posture. I don’t know if it will help fix my neck and shoulders, but it sure can’t hurt.
(Good grief! I just wrote an entire blog post about POSTURE!!! No wonder no one is reading this blog! Must write something more interesting…)