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An Inconvenient Cough

2065679About eight years ago, Jeff came in with two typed pages of all the traumas he experienced.  He was a physical therapist, and once when a patient was falling down, they grabbed and yanked his shoulder while his back was turned.  It totally tweaked his body and he’s been in pain ever since.

Jeff has been going to a chiropractor every other day for a long time, and was using magnets all over his body for the pain.  When he started seeing me, he said, “I know you don’t crack the spine, but if I tell you I need it, you have to do it for me.”

I told him, “No, I won’t.”

He was upset about it, but knew I was still helping him out.  Months later, Jeff asked to crack his spine again, and I turned him down again.  He was an intense person, but had a very big heart, and went through so much transformation.  Since he started getting adjusted, I never had to crack his spine, and he let go of a lot, causing him to cough all the time during adjustments.

People hated being adjusted at the same time as Jeff because they were afraid of catching a cold.  Every time Jeff would come to get adjusted, he would cough a lot.  There was another woman who was scheduled at the same time, and she asked the office manager when Jeff would be coming again because she wanted to be scheduled after he was done.

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The office manager scheduled this woman later, but it just happened that Jeff called the next time to say he was running late because of work.  The other woman comes in, and ends up getting adjusted with Jeff and his coughing again.

After the adjustment the woman complains to the office manager that she specifically asked for a later time than Jeff.  The office manager apologizes and explains why they were put together again.

The woman then schedules her next appointment earlier than Jeff.  When that day comes around, he gets off from work early and asks if he can come in since he’s already in the area.  There was space in the schedule, and Jeff came in, just to be placed right next to the other woman who was trying so hard to avoid him.

It was crazy and hilarious.  I finally had to explain to the other woman that when Jeff coughs, it’s not because he has a cold, it’s just the body’s way of clearing out all the “old stuff”.  Jeff had so much old stuff to clear out, with so many different traumas throughout his life.

Jeff was a trooper and worked through a lot.  He ended up being a good teacher for me because he taught me how not to cave in and crack someone’s spine just because they insist.

The Body Speaks Out Series – “Pelvic Foundation”

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Pelvic Foundation Story

Grace, an 80 year old woman, came in with her daughter.  During her physical examination and history, her daughter was surprised to find out her mother had pain in her back for the past five years.  I asked Grace, “What happened five years ago?”

She answered, “Nothing.”

“Are you sure?”


Her daughter asked, “Wasn’t that when Dad wasn’t doing good, and you and he went into that care home?”

Grace thought about it for a moment and said, “Oh, I guess so…”

Changing Foundation

The pelvis area is about foundation and change.  Grace’s entire living situation changed from living in her own house for more than 40 years, to living in a care home, and that was a big change for her.  There were different people, a different environment, a different way of life, plus her husband was not doing well.  Grace was clearly uncomfortable in her new living environment and her pelvis was giving her a blaring signal.

Her pain began to worsen three years ago, which being a coincidence or not, corresponded at the same time with her husband’s passing.  The pain intensified the following morning even without her doing anything that would cause an increase in pain.  

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Shifting Our Identity

The sacrum (lower back) is linked with our foundation.  Lower back pain above the pelvis arises usually when we move or make a shift in our identity.  Physically, it can happen when we pick up something heavy or turning our body in an awkward way.  Mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, it’s when we’re questioning the direction we’re going in, figuring out who we are, or not being able to safely express ourselves.  This creates a conflict in our sense of self and what we should be doing versus what we are doing.

There can be mild to severe pain, and doctors usually prescibe muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs.  They prescribe this form of treatment to help ease the person from the pain they are experiencing.  Although this may take the pain away initially, but over time if the person can’t feel the pain, they can end up injuring themselves more, creating bigger problems in the future.

Doctors are doing their best and making the best diagnosis based upon the symptoms that are being presented.  They may not always have enough time to really ask what is going on in a person’s life.   Also their scope of practice leads them to prescribing medications to help stop the symptoms, but it doesn’t necessarily address the cause.

Judging Choices

In my life, I will get lower back and pelvic pain if I was judging my choices, where I was in my life, or doubting what I know to be true for me.  The lower back is also linked at times with financial worries, stress, and challenging relationships.  The right side of the lower back is associated with a male figure in a person’s life (husband, brother, father, coworker, etc.), while the left side is associated with a female figure (wife, sister, mother, coworker, etc.).

If you can relate to low back or pelvic pain, or have a story to share about how an experience was linked to pain, please feel free to share it in the comment box below.  There is a benefit to expressing and sharing our stories!