By the time I finished the 18 holes, the pain had increased dramatically. I called my life saving chiropractor, Dr. Cherie, (official chiropractor to the LPGA seniors),
and paid her a visit.
Now usually when I go to see her I know what I did: Wii boxing, new ab crunches, picking up a 50lb. box or? This time I was stumped. "Did you mow your lawn?" I laughed. "Were you vaccuuming?" "No". Vacuuming can really stress a body out. A good reason not to do it.
She adjusted my poor body, suggested I rest (no golf) for a few days, ice it on and off.
This morning I woke up feeling really stiff. I sat down at my computer and Voila! I realized that for some reason I had my laptop aimed toward my left (the side that was hurting). I have been spending lots of computer time lately,and evidently I've been tweaking my body to the left for several weeks. Also I noticed when I was sitting at my piano keyboard the other night, leading a retirement center Sing-a-Long, I was doing the same thing.
Mystery solved! After 50 and beyond, you really need to pay attention to how you are treating your body: what positions do you continually hold it in; are you sitting more than usual, doing an activity you're not used to.
In addition to my chiropractic adjustment, I used iced - 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off (frozen corn or peas in a baggie work well), took a soothing bath in Epsom Salts this morning (99c a quart at the dollar store) and applied some Arnica (or Traumeel) cream to the side that hur.
Take care of that wondrous vehicle called your body. Treat it well and it will stay with you for a long tim.