Thursday, July 7, 2011

Spinal Rule Breaking

Painful sciatica was pinching my back.  I slinked to the floor in front of the TV, trying to stretch the soreness away.  I bent my legs forward, backward, to either side.  I laid on my back and hugged my knees to my chest.  I leaned forward onto outstretched legs.  Nothing alleviated the pain.  Mind over matter, I decided to just be still and let my back stretch on the floor. 

It was at this point that Matt laughed from behind me on the couch.  He’s accustomed to see me contort myself into pretzel-like positions to ease sore muscles.  This was nothing new, so his laugh caught me by surprise. 

“Why don’t you try and see if Arwen’s position will help”

I looked over to where she lay just a few feet from me and laughed.  Arwen’s lower back was pressed against the floor, hind legs sticking straight into the air.  In defiance of all spinal rules, her front half lay parallel to the ground, front legs outstretched and neck pulled backwards into a letter “L”.  In an instant,  I attempted to imitate the position – it couldn’t hurt, right?

As I turned my body to synchronize with her, Arwen got a sudden itch.  Whether the itch was a true scratchable one or just an excuse to show off her flexibility, I'll never know.  She bent over farther and nibbled on her knee !  This meant her spine formed a "U".  She'd broken all the laws of physics that I was familiar with, so I let out a sigh.  

" win.  You're more flexible than I am.  But I still have thumbs!"


  1. Hi Y'all!

    My Human said she understands back pain and Papa has had a broken back, so he really understands. My Human says she'll have to add you to her prayers. (Although the sight of Arwen made her smile too)

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  2. Arwen is a total show-off!! And extremely bootiful!

    -Rottie Kisses

  3. you sound like our momma
    Benny & Lily

  4. Oh, we so hope your back is doing better. As for Arwen, we think it must be a Siberian patented movement for we see it so often here and throughout blogville. Mom is always amazed at what we can do with our bodies:)

    Have a wonderful weekend and feel better.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  5. Peoples could learn a lot from our Doga poses!! There's nothing like laying with your belly and feets in the air!

  6. Hope you are quickly and complee pain-free! Arwen might be a great personal trainer...she would have you limber and flexible in no time!

  7. The next time you hurt lay on an ice bag for 15 minutes and then a warm bag for 15 minutes then ice again for 15 minutes and then come see me and leave a comment and tell me how you feel OK??????
    This helps me a lot!!
    Arwen is something else!!!
    xx, Fern

  8. Tee Hee yeah those Cirque d sole peeps have nothin on us dogs ;)

    Waggin at ya,


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