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post #1 of 11 Old 09-19-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Numb toes?

I've noticed the past week that the tips of my toes go numb when I bend down, like to pick up a hoof. My back's also been bothering me too. At first I thought it was from my HEAVY backpack, but now I'm wondering if my mare's bucking and pogo-stick back legs could be doing it. I know my saddle fits (got a new one fitted just last month). Could this be a pinched nerve, and what can I do to fix it. Would I HAVE to go to the doctor (i hate the doctor and from what my friends have told me- the chiropractor isn't much better), or are there stretches I could do at home? Also, whenever I lay down on a hard surface (the floor) my back cracks several times. When this happens it feels like a TON of pressure has been released.

Only 14 an I already have knee/hip/ankle and now back problems LOL- I can tell you that I know when it's going to rain :)

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I have had sore spots all over my back for a while, it shifted to my neck and started giving me headaches. I used to go to physio.....didn't help much, but the heat packs were nice.
I got sick of the headaches and went to the chiropractor, and it was magic! I've been around 6 times now and I'm getting better and better. Some of the adjustments are a little uncomfortable, but I wouldn't say painful, and sometimes you get a little worse before you get better......it's worth a try. Let me know how you get on and what you choose to do.

Also, numbness in your toes probably indicates a pinched/blocked nerve?
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I had a friend that had her hips re-adjusted and she said it was very painfl, but I guess your hips aren't your back :) I'm thinking a pinched nerve and if I can find a way to un-pinch it myself, that would be great. I'd like to figure out what's causing this so I can fix it...

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Sorry I should have been more specific. The pain is from my hips up my spine to my neck and it seems to shift from place to place. They scanned my back and it was all out of alignment. Put your thumbs on the points of your pelvis/hips in the back and press in....does it hurt?

It hurt when the chiro was poking around, but the adjustment wasn't all that bad.
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I can't offer much help, but I thought I'd input that my toes go numb when I go riding, and I've only noticed it since I got a new pair of boots. Is there something like that consistent with when it happens to you?

What sort of pain is it in your back? If it's a sharper pain, it could definitely be a nerve. If it's a duller, aching pain, you could have something like a bulging disc.

Also, don't feel bad :P I'm a 20 year old with arthritis, stuffed ankles and knees, back, and elbow. You'll just have to be like me and hope that scientists hurry and develop full-body transplants (or better yet, cyborg bodies! [sci-fi-freak])!
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If you are having back pain and numbness (), please please PLEASE go to a medical professional asap. Personally I love my chiropractor and will go to him before my GP every time.. but go see someone.

Indulge me in the older-and-wiser talk for a moment, but the biggest regret I have in my life is that when I had a back injury in my early 20s, I blew it off.. and my back has never been the same. Please don't make the same stupid choice I did and think that it will be fine and is no big deal. Had I been smart enough to go to a doctor and rehab appropriately, I may not have any issues now.


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Its more of a dull ache. I thought it was my backpack because my back always cracked and it relieved pressure. I thought my backpack was just pushing dow on my back. I don't have new boots, and I only notice it when I bend down. I can't think of a certain point in time when this started. I just noticed one day that my back was really stiff, so I stretched it- it cracked and it felt better. Now it doesn't feel 100% better when I crack it... I'll see about finding a chiro.. My horse is getting her chiro next weekend- maybe I'll see if she does people too :)

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Yes ask your horse chiro! My chiro was asking me if I had ever seen a chiro before and I said 'only the equine chiro that comes to the barn!' and the equine chiro would fix our backs for us for free, which I kind of balked at because he was an equine chiro working on a human???? Haha! But my current chiro told me that an equine chiro studies to become a human chiro first and then goes through some kind of vet studies to specialize in equine......I hope he wasn't pulling my leg! No pun intended
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Find a good chiro. I know it is getting more difficult, but a good one is invaluable.

Your backpack, rough mare, life in general can all put us out of alignment. If you go and get adjusted well, follow up with exercises for your trunk/core muscles. Even at 14. I hope you don't just go and get medicated (muscle relaxants). That has it's place, but if that's all you do, you haven't fixed the problem.
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I agree with finding a good chiro. A good chiro wont hurt you while be adjusted, he will make sure you are relaxed before he makes the adjustment. I have had the best luck with a chiro that gives deep tissue massage and adjustments. Its a little spendier and I will actually be sore the day after but afterward that it feels so much better and I can go longer between adjustments.
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