The Pain of (a) Misaligned Rib(s)

I adjust a lot of ribs in my practice. The symptoms that result from a misaligned rib can be shortness of breath, sharp muscle spasms, intense dull muscle aches, and overall misery. Many patients have described the feeling of having a heart attack when their rib(s) misalign. They realize better after I adjust their rib and they can breath a sigh of relief.

Each of us has 24 ribs—12 on each side of our rib cage. The first seven ribs are called true ribs, and they attach to the sternum in the front by cartilage called costal cartilage. Of the bottom five ribs, called false ribs, the first three have their costal cartilage connected to the cartilage above them. The last two ribs, the floating ribs, have their cartilage ending in the muscle in the abdominal wall. All 12 ribs on either side of the rib cage connect to the vertebrae in the back.

Between each rib are muscles called intercostal muscles and a networks of nerves called intercostal nerves. When a rib misaligns, not only does it misalign in the back where it connects to the vertebra—the entire rib misaligns and presses against the intercostal muscles, making them taut, and compressing one or more of the intercostal nerves in the process. The end result is a lot of PAIN.

When I was chiropractic school, I was doing a set of dips at the end of a workout and the entire left side of my chest spasmed and sharp lightning engulfed the whole left side of my torso. I truly panicked and thought I was having a heart attack. Later, when a more knowledgeable friend from class came over to adjust me, she pointed out that I had a bunch of ribs misalign. She adjusted me, and that sharp, breath-stealing pain was gone. I was sore for a few days from the spasmed muscles, but it sure beat the pain of suddenly misaligned ribs.

If you’re having pain like this, don’t suffer. If you live in Maricopa, I can definitely help you.

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