You don’t think stiffness and lack of flexibility matter? Boy howdy, let me tell you how much they do. Y’all whippersnappers enjoy springing into action whenever you want, no matter how long you have been sitting or lying down, because your day will come, oh yes it will, when you will unfold yourself in stages, moving carefully and taking minutes to limber up even if you have to urgently pee, because if you don’t you will hurt yourself, or tip over.
I know this. I know I need to stretch and move and stay limber. But do I do what I know I must do? Of course not, not until I get so stove up it becomes a crisis. Heed these words, my children: keepen thyself springy or you will be very very sorry.
I’ve had a problem with one knee for a couple of years. It hurts with activity. Awesome, eh? Go get healthy exercise and boom, I am rewarded with pain. It gets better and I forget about it. It gets worse and I have to think about it again. Finally I got smart and hauled my carcass in to my wonderful chiropractor. He is compassionate and very skilled, and also blunt. “What the hell have you done to yourself?” he said. Good question. Very tight quadricep muscles have I, to the point that I don’t feel right when I walk. Yep, that’s the main problem. Really.
Quads, of course, have great influence on knees. They have multiple big strong tendons that cross the knee joint and knee cap. When quads don’t move knees don’t move.
I know this stuff. I know the signs. I know what to do about it. But only for other people, it seems.
So, with just a couple of sessions with Dr Blunt Chiropractor and a lot of gentle stretching I’m already feeling a lot better, and starting to feel at home in my body again, instead of feeling like I’m operating a clumsy exoskeleton.
The good news is it’s never too late to repair the damage from slothful habits, and I expect to be back in top fettle soon.