Oh, my aching back!

Aging has its way of beating a person up, doing things to the person that seemed, perhaps, unlikely or even impossible. I used to be over 5’ 10” and now I am down to 5’ 8,” not something I overly like. I always wanted to be tall, and let’s face it, that is not happening.

All I can see as I face chronology is my mom who was hunched over in old age and looking really sad as she walked, and very uncomfortable when on her curved back. I remember how her walk turned into a shuffle and her calf muscles literally disappear. I don’t want that for myself, or for anyone, for that matter.

About a year ago, I had a chronic lower back pain. Actually, I had had it for a longer time, but it seemed to have gotten worse then. I always do about five minutes of flexibility exercises about six days a week, sometimes seven. I do the cobra move to stretch the back. Then I also decided to straighten my posture and really stand up straight when I walk Stewart, using him as an excuse to stand straight. My lower back pain has pretty much totally disappeared since ‘reposturing,’ lol. Sometimes, a very simple maneuver is all that is needed. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Another thing is that I was finding my balance compromised. I noticed when I was camping in the cold weather, that my toes felt weird when I clenched them as if to pick up marbles from the floor (which I have been told to do since I was a kid and had ‘scientific’ shoe fitting). There was a stiffness there. I knew that my big toe had arthritis, as it has for probably twenty years and it has gotten worse. The only thing I have noticed is that it has apparently affected my balance. Since doing clenching and unclenching exercises at night with my toes, my balance has improved.

Damn, I sound so old!

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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