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The leg bone is connected to the thigh bone is connected to the ankle bone...

I've been going to a chiropractor for a year and a half now and getting regular massages for over year. This is the only way I've managed to keep chronic shoulder pain at bay. I also noticed that since I started seeing the chiropractor on a regular basis I almost never get sick. Previous to this addiction it seemed I came down with a virus every six weeks.

In reevaluating my financial situation and also realizing that I don't want to be chained to the doctor's office I've started to be curious about ways I can take care of myself instead of having someone else take care of me. I figure if I can pay someone to get these results, now that my life is pretty steady (love life, job, living situation...) I should be able to take this responsibility on myself.

So I tried a kick-boxing class with a friend and was impressed with the results - my two weak spots are my shoulder and my hip. Kick-boxing works out both of these. After the class though, the true revelation came.

My friend is also a fabulous massage therapist who views the body as a puzzle. She commented on my posture and how that might be affecting the rest of my weaknesses adversely. Granted, this was not the first time she chided my on my posture, nor is she the first person to comment on it, but on Sunday I was all ears.

Suddenly it clicked into place - by having bad posture in one spot - I tend to tuck my hips in too far - it was traveling through the rest of my body and causing all sorts of ailments. When my hips are slanted forward I notice my back muscles and stomach muscles work differently - possibly causing some digestion problems. My knees and shoulders tend compensate for hip location as well by both working harder. My knees stay more bent - keeping pressure on them and my chest tends to lean forward bringing my shoulders with it. Furthermore in order to tilt my hips forward I tend to keep my entire pelvic region flexed which has all sorts of other repercussions.

My posture still sucks - I've stood this way for years so it will take awhile to retrain my body. However I am so excited that I can do something to improve my health that doesn't involve sweat or money.

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