April Jeppson: What’s going on with my back these days? – Albert Lea Tribun

Every Little Thing by April Jeppson

My back hurts. Sometimes it’s a side; sometimes I can barely bend down to touch my knees. At first I thought, well, I turned 40 last fall. Maybe it’s the decline of my body that everyone warned me about. Then my right knee gave me a hard time, almost like I pulled something. However, to get something, you have to do something, and I, in fact, had done nothing.

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There’s this term called “grounding” that has become popular in recent years. If you are stressed or anxious, you are encouraged to take off your shoes and go outside and put your bare feet on the floor. Doing this for 30 minutes a day has many benefits and helps a person focus on themselves. When I first heard about this practice, I laughed, because I’m a self-proclaimed hobbit. I prefer to be barefoot when possible. I was in fashion before I even knew it was a trend.

The problem with living your life barefoot, or even in flip flops, is that your body eventually catches up. When I was 20, I could sleep for four hours, eat chips for breakfast, wear shoes with no support, and sleep in a chair, and be through the next day. Now, if I were to do any of these things, it would take me two days to fully recover.

So I made a conscious effort to wear supportive sneakers whenever I know I’ll be on my feet a lot. Even though it’s summer and my little piggies are craving the sun, I’m going to hide them behind layers of cotton, rubber, and whatever tennis shoes are made of because that’s what it’s all about. there is better for me. I was hoping that by upgrading my shoes, my body would thank me and not hurt me so much. Although it fixed my knee, my back is still not in good condition.

Having worked in the salon for years, I know that I tend to hold myself askew. Standing with my weight unevenly distributed, and then being pregnant, really hurt me a lot. There was a time when I regularly visited the chiropractor, but that was years ago. I decided it was time to reconnect with my friendly neighborhood chiropractor.

Wearing stronger shoes and realigning will help a lot. However, I noticed that there is one more thing I need to take care of.

My mattress.

I sleep on my side and when I roll over to my other side in the middle of the night, I wake up. Last night I couldn’t even ride smooth, I had to do a five-point turn. I rolled back and forth more times than I could count. At one point I looked at the clock thinking it must be getting closer to morning, only to see it was a little past 1am.

I’m disappointed that my body can’t take what it was doing before. However, I’m glad it lasted as long as it did. I’m also happy to have a job and be able to pay my bills and afford to make the necessary adjustments to ease some of this pain. So, in classic April fashion, I’m trying to see the positive in all of this. I mean, it gives me a valid excuse to buy new shoes, so that’s good.

Albert Lean April Jeppson is a wife, mother, coach and dream maker. His column appears every Saturday.

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