It’s Poetry Friday! My friend and the brain behind the Ditty of the Month Club, Michelle, is hosting at Today’s Little Ditty! She has a touching video — a poem movie — (poemovie?) to illustrate her piece, “Find the Helpers.”
Nearly a year ago, I went to a chiropractor for the first time since I was a teen. I couldn’t turn my head to the left, and thought a few adjustments would soon set me to rights. The x-rays revealed stunning information: the scoliosis I thought I’d left behind in my teen years had progressed to the point part of my lower spine was rotated nearly 90 degrees to the right. The curve in my neck caused my body to respond with several compensating shifts. If left unchecked, I’d end up with displaced/hunched front ribs (as opposed to a hunched back) and if my body didn’t respond to intensive treatment, I would need a brace. My chiropractor has scoliosis herself and is passionate about helping her patients.
Suddenly, scoliosis seemed to be everywhere. The discovery of Richard III‘s skeleton with its pronounced spinal curvature fascinated me. Some media outlets are speculating he hid his scoliosis with specially tailored clothing.
I even wrote an acrostic poem, almost a year ago, when I was first diagnosed.
Sitting at the
Old genetic defects
In the x-ray
On the illuminated wall
Spinal curves and rotation
Stretches will help.
Fast forward to today: I have a twice daily regimen that involves strength- and core-building exercises. I went from 3 weekly visits to my fabulous chiropractor to twice a month visits. I’m more conscious of my posture. I’ve learned the benefits of ice. I wear special insoles in my shoes. For now, I don’t have to have a brace, but I have asked for ergonomic computer equipment at work and am hopeful I’ll get a standing desk.
Recently, a video that popped up on YouTube following one I’d just watched caught my eye. A dolphin with scoliosis was treated kindly by a pod of sperm whales, when they are usually enemies.
If a dolphin can manage, surely I can.