Back rib pain can be one of the most uncomfortable issues. Maybe I should say that you’d be lucky if your pain were only uncomfortable, a rib out can really hurt. It can be in the middle of your back, or it can be in the ribcage in front. It’s not the spine, the pain is no where near it. Maybe it’s a cough pain that really hurts when you sneeze. And, what is this deep breath pain about?
Whatever it is, you want to know what it is and how to deal with it.
Most likely, it’s a rib subluxation — a rib out of alignment.
A rib out of alignment is actually a fairly common occurrence. It’s just that they usually go back into place on their own without you ever knowing that anything ever happened. Having a rib out that doesn’t go back causes the muscles to tense up giving you your brand new back pain in the rib.
The ribs have joints where they connect with the sternum in front, and with the vertebra in back. They can shift up or down, though they have a usual pattern. It’s when they get stuck that you have a rib misalignment that ends up causing pain.
You have a couple of options. One is that you can go to a chiropractor and have it put back into place. One issue people have with this is the cost involved. Another issue can be the pain a forceful adjustment can cause.
That pain can be avoided in most cases if you can find an activator chiropractor. An activator is a tool that knocks the joint back into place, usually painlessly. But, that still costs money.
Another option is that you could live with it until the muscles finally relax and the rib goes back into place naturally.
A massage therapist can sometimes get the muscles to relax enough that a gentle push will move the rib back. This isn’t hard, but they would have to know how to do it. Or, if they help it relax enough it might go back on its own like it might usually do, but then there’s that money issue again.
A final option is to put it back yourself. This really isn’t that hard to do, but it does take knowledge. You can figure it out for yourself, others have. The best thing about that is that you can always avoid the cost of an adjustment. And, the method of putting it back yourself is very gentle and doesn’t involve a crack at all.
So, if you have a rib out of alignment, let’s see what can be done about that cough pain!