Some background on this injury: I half-dislocated a rib on the right side of my spine, right at bra level, in about 1985 or 1986, doing the Jane Fonda workout. Each rib connects to the spine in a kind of "C" shaped join, and the upper part of this "C" was no longer attached, which I could see when I finally went to a chiropractor and got an X-ray. (It was stupid, but when it happened I was crazy busy in grad-school finals and waited until a winter break to get it looked at.) The chiro thought initially I had broken a rib, but it was just dislocated. Due to swelling she couldn't put it back in place. By the time I got around to another dr checking it out, he said due to scar tissue build up, I'd need surgery to correct it. I decided to live with it, since it stabilized after about a year of regular adjustments, and I just knew not to torque at all or it would become painful. (No leaf-raking, golf, baseball, tennis etc). I also lived with a half-egg-sized lump on my back where the injury was. (You know the two pieces of a Silly Putty container? Like one of those halves.) Since it was the upper part of the "C" that was disconnected, gravity pulled it down, and it just stabilized that way.
I T-Tapped in 1999-2000 then drifted off to other things, to return this past January and I'm doing it regularly. The T-Tapp Twist has always been a challenge with my rib, but I don't torque hard, I go slowly, and stop with any discomfort. Using a long mirror this time around has helped me keep my shoulders aligned, though the flexibility on my right & left sides in the TTT are definitely different.
Well, we're having a heat wave in N. California and today I'm wearing one of those shelf-bra-spaghetti strap cotton knit numbers which exposes about 1/2 of my back. I just happened to look at my back in the bathroom mirror, and could hardly believe my eyes. I don't see the lump. I mean, I really don't see it. From a certain angle I see a slight curve there, but NO EGG SIZED LUMP. I never felt the rib "pop" back in place and it didn't get aggrevated with T-Tapp so the only thing I can figure it, keeping the alignment and regularly doing the TTT has somehow coaxed it into a more correct position.
I'm just amazed since I've had this 20 years, and didn't have surgery, and here it is....practically gone. Yippee! Thanks Teresa!