So, the other day, while explaining how I wear my shoes down, I was told by Dianna, Cassey, and Nancy to maybe see a chiro. My boyfriend has suggested it several times, but I'm a little scared to go. I've heard a lot of bad stories, but some good ones. Here's my problems.
My left foots, if you look at the bottom of my shoe, is worn inside heel and outside ball of foot. My right is outside heel, inside ball. I can really tell when my feet or sore, but otherwise I'm pretty oblivious to it. As far as I can tell, it doesn't really effect my leg positions or riding much, I just have to remind myself from time to time to not be so heavy in my left stirrup.
I walk with a straight back. My shoulders aren't held back as much as Nancy would like, but they don't slope horribly either. I kinda have to walk this way now - kinda in the middle - otherwise my lower back will hurt a little more than it already does. I'm fairly used to back pain.
When I was about 11-12 years, I hopped on my pony bareback and rode him across the pasture, and slid off right onto a sharp rock, nailing myself in my tailbone region. I was numb and unable to move for a few minutes, and had to take several more minutes to move to my hands in knees. After some deep breaths and a couple of tears, I gritted my teeth and crawled to the fence. I used it to get back up, and crawled over it and walked to fence number two. I didn't get x-rays, because I didn't even tell my mom for about 3 days because I was embarrassed.
Another time was when I hit that same spot on a fence when thrown fantastically into the flat, hard part of a fence. It took me a few minutes to get up from that one, too.
Almost every single fall has been right on my lower back. I have yet to land on my head (except sorta that time Princess tripped and nose dived on top of me).
I'm also frustrated by the fact that I can't really sit for the trot, so I have to post in the western saddle. Sometimes I can get on a horse and do it, but 99 times out of 100, I'm going to go, "ooh, ouch" the whole way.
I don't really have the money to spare. I've heard both that they were expensive and inexpensive. I was kinda hoping someone could give me suggestions on what I could do to maybe lessen the pain in my back without having to go to a chiropractor.
If all else fails, I guess I can break down and go to one, but like the title says - I'm a bit stubborn. I've been in pain since I was a kid, and I can't really take pain killer anymore (not that I took them often to begin with).
So, thoughts, advice? Should I suck it up and just go? :/