Let's say that one morning you wake up and your body just feels off. You
stretch out a little bit and have a nice big yawn. In the process, you feel
some pain/discomfort as you breath in. You come out of it holding the area
around your rib cage. Your thinking, "Wait a second, did I fall? Why do my
ribs hurt? Is it my ribs? I must have slept wrong."
Well, allow us to take a step back before we move forward. We've often talked
about how the vertebra (the neck/back bones) were designed to protect the
spine. Similarly, the rib cage was designed to protect some of your vital
organs - in particular, the heart and the lungs. There are twelve ribs that
coincide with the twelve thoracic (mid/upper back) vertebrae. The ribs and
Moving forward - the upper cervical spine is a delicate area, more susceptible
to injury/misalignment than any other in the spine because it is held in place
only by muscle - there's no interlocking joint to hold it securely in place.
When a misalignment up there does occur, your head tilts to one side. To get
your head level, the body shifts. The muscles all the way down to your feet
pull you into a compensated position. The rib cage may shift during that
process, with muscles pulling along the way. Pain in the ribs may result.
Correct the upper cervical misalignment - get your head on straight, so to speak
- and allow the rest of the body to re-shift back to normal and be amazed as the
rib pain drifts away...it's that simple.