Have you ever felt a sharp stabbing pain in your chest, that’s worse when you inhale or sneeze? I have, and it can be quite unsettling, and uncomfortable!
The good news is that it just might be coming from something that is easily resolved with Chiropractic spinal adjustments.
The ribs attach to the vertebrae in the thoracic spine and wrap around the front to create protection for the heart and lungs. They give us structure, and points of attachment for many muscles. Depending on the sports you play, the repetitive strains you might experience with your work, your posture, or accidents you may have had, the ribs can occasionally slip out of their proper alignment with the spinal joints and create problems.
What does it feel like?
Pain in the ribs, often sudden, sharp, that is worse with sneezing, coughing, inhaling. Sometimes the pain can also radiate around front of chest.
If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, or other symptoms of acute cardiac distress, it’s best to consult your medical professional or head to your local emergency room. However if what you’re feeling sounds similar to what I described above consider consulting your Chiropractor first. Your chiropractor can easily diagnose whether you are dealing with an acute subluxation of the ribs, or whether you need immediate medical attention.
If your ribs are not moving properly, and are the source of your discomfort, then a few gentle adjustments will be all that is needed to restore proper function and feeling to your body.