I have two vertebrae that pop out frequently. I could sleep wrong or be doing something that isn’t very physical and my spine pops out of alignment; right between my shoulder blades which is really difficult for me to pop myself.
I Pop My Own Back:
I see an amazing chiropractor if I can’t pop my own back into alignment, but I always try to do it myself first. The chiropractor is expensive and my back pops out a lot. I would be broke if I went to the chiropractor every time it happened. I have a few techniques that help with popping my back in-between the shoulder blades.
First, I relax my muscles as much as possible. I take a hot bath and a mild muscle relaxer. A heating pad can also help with this. If anyone is at home with me, I have them give me a little massage to help relax my muscles further. The easiest way to relax my muscles is to use my TENS unit. It delivers little electrical pulses to the muscles and helps more than anything I’ve ever tried. I bought mine for $100 dollars at a medical supply store. The sticky pads last for about six months and then have to be replaced. When my muscles are relaxed, I try to pop my own back.
Let’s face it, popping your own back in-between your shoulder blades is really hard. I have a couple of techniques that I use that work most of the time. It really depends on how tight your muscles are and how long your vertebrae have been misaligned. If I wait for a longer period of time, I have to see my chiropractor.
The first technique I use is to stretch my arms high over my head and arch my back. I bend my arms at the elbows and try to push one arm at a time as far in-between my shoulder blades as possible. I also try to squeeze my shoulder blades together. This usually pops my back but not in the right place half of the time.
Another technique I use is really easy. If it doesn’t pop your back, you still get a great massage. I put a tennis ball against the wall and roll it up and down my spine. I love deep tissue massage and this feels awesome. If I roll in just the right way, I can sometimes pop those finicky vertebrae back in line.
When my chiropractor pops me back in, he puts his hands on either side of my neck at the very top, thumbs on the base of my skull and finds this really tender spot. He puts pressure there and says, “Is this sore?” I always say yes. He gives me this quick twist and I immediately feel better. There’s no way I’m going to twist and snap my own neck! Instead I gently tip my head back as far as possible, to the side, and forward. Sometimes, just keeping at this and twisting my lower back at the same time gives me a good pop.
I also have a body ball. I use it to do a back bend of sorts. Normally, this relieves pressure on my neck and can make popping in-between my shoulder blades easier. I’ve also popped my lower back this way.
The last thing I try before giving up and going to the chiropractor is to use the tennis ball like knuckles. If my vertebrae are out to the side, the chiropractor lines up his knuckles right against them, sort of pushing into my flesh, and quickly but firmly pushes them back into alignment. I can’t reach my own back with my knuckles so I use the tennis ball on the wall again. This time, I put it on the side of my vertebrae and push against it as hard as I can. If my muscles are really relaxed, this actually works.
If all else fails, I will go to the chiropractor. So many people live with back pain and don’t have to . A great chiropractor can make you feel better without causing any pain.