I was hemming a pair of pants this morning and, even though I measured the length twice before pinning them, I could not get the pants to hang even when I tried them on. I even had my fiance check from the back while I stood up straight. They were about half an inch off and at this point I’m thinking “well, my legs must be crooked.”
I suddenly remembered all the times my chiropractor told me my hips were terribly out of alignment, followed by “did you stretch this morning? How about before bed last night?” It then occurred to me that I played soccer last night and didn’t stretch after. So I put the pants aside, spent 5 minutes stretching out my legs, hips, glutes and lower back. I put the pants back on and, to my amazement, they hung perfectly even! I had to get my fiance to double check for me and sure enough, he measured them and they were bang on. The look on his face was priceless when I told him I had not touched the pants, just stretched.
Imagine if I hadn’t stretched, I would have been walking around all day half an inch out of alignment, and I can only imagine what that would have done to my spine, nerves, joints, and the extra strain it would have placed on my muscles.
I suppose this is why my chiropractor tells me to stretch at least twice daily. Perhaps I’ll start taking her advice a little more to heart. I probably also owe her an apology.