Rib Cage Pain, What Is It?

A lot of questions about rib cage pain have been coming in recently. There are different kinds of rib cage pain, and of course, different causes. In most cases, rib pain is simply a rib out of alignment.

Before we discuss misalignments, let’s cover some of the other possibilities for a pain in the rib cage.

First, there are injuries, like a bruise or a broken rib. Other injuries to the chest area or to the cartilage areas of the ribs usually cause pain as can any other kind of muscle injury or strain.

There are serious issues as well that could be causing the problem. Here’s a list of some serious issues that can cause rib cage pain: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, asbestos exposure and herpes zoster. Remember, these are not as likely as a simple misalignment that we’ll get to in a minute.

There could also be inflammation of the ribs or the muscles between the ribs. This inflammation could be caused by a number of things, like the diseases above. Certain drugs can cause inflammation, and some drugs, like steroids, can be a direct cause of rib pain.

The pain can also be referred from other areas of the body like the spine where the ribs connect. Anxiety and stress can also cause pain in the rib area from tensing and a stressful breath.

Wow, maybe I should have put those at the end of the article. In most cases though, a pain in the rib cage is nothing really serious. It may hurt to take a deep breath, or if you move your body in a particular way, but a misalignment in the rib cage is not often very serious, and is usually easy to correct.

The ribs form a joint with the spin in an interesting way. There isn’t much room for a misalignment, but then it doesn’t take much. And, the ribs can become misaligned in the front too, usually in the lower sternum area.

Sometimes it can be really hard to tell if you just have a rib out of alignment or something more serious. If it is serious, and you have had an accident, or you are at risk for some condition, then seeing your doctor would be a good idea, if for no other reason than to eliminate the more serious issues.

Doctors don’t usually know much about adjusting a rib, with the exception of an osteopath. So, if you do determine that your issue is a misalignment, then you have a couple of choices.

You could get your rib cage adjusted for back pain relief. Some people are not interested in going to a chiropractor for one reason or another, usually because of fear of the often forceful and sometimes painful adjustments.

It is possible to adjust the ribs yourself with Self Adjusting Technique. You can find out about finding your own back pain relief through self adjusting at the link if you’d like to go that route.

Just to be straight with you, adjusting your own ribs can be difficult. It’s the last Self Adjusting Technique that I developed. I have been able to help people work out how to adjust their ribs via email, and I recently put up a couple of videos to support people who buy Self Adjusting Technique.

Rest assured, if I can’t help you end rib cage pain, then I will give you your money back. You can use the contact tab at the top of the page here to reach me any time you like.

Meet the Author

Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa

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