What are the signs that your spine is out of alignment?
- You Are Always Sick
- You Never Feel Awake
- You Crack Your Joints
Read on to learn more!
Proper spinal alignment is finally starting to go mainstream, and for good reason.
Having a properly aligned spine can improve your overall health and wellness, and will improve your quality of life.
But, how can you tell if your spine is misaligned?
Most people go through their everyday life without ever thinking about the alignment of their spine or if it's misaligned.
But, a misaligned spine can not only be uncomfortable but can cause several health problems.
Because a spine misalignment usually happens slowly over time, most people get used to living with a misaligned spine and accepting it as a regular part of their life.
You shouldn't accept it, and you should be aware of the warning signs of a misaligned spine.
Misalignments, also called subluxations, are common, and they are easily treated by spinal manipulations performed by a chiropractor.
In the article below, we will go over six signs and symptoms that you may have a misaligned spine.
When you notice these symptoms, you can visit your local chiropractor and return to optimal health.
Related article: 8 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Change Your Life
Table Of Contents
- What is a Spinal Misalignment?
- You have Headaches, Back Pain, or Joint Pain
- You Crack Your Joints Often
- You're Always Sick
- There is Numbness or Tingling in your Back or Feet
- You Never Feel Awake
- It's Difficult Turn your Neck or Hips
- Contact the Arrowhead Clinic
What is A Spinal Misalignment?
Your spine has to stay healthy to support your musculoskeletal system, keep you upright, and protect your central nervous system.
When your spine is properly aligned, your body is strong and mobile, with no interruptions.
When you have a spinal misalignment, it can lead to the dysfunction of your central nervous system and lead to a variety of health problems.
Think of a car that has a front end out of alignment.
Sure, you can still drive the car, but not as easy as you should be able to, and driving with it out of alignment can eventually cause other problems with the car.
You will have difficulty steering, braking, and the tires will wear out quickly.
Your spine is obviously a little more complicated than a car, it will still react the same way to misalignments.
Your spine must be aligned so the rest of your body can function properly.
1. You Have Headaches, Back Pain and/or Joint Pain
Headaches, joint pain, and back pain are the most common symptoms people experience when they see a chiropractor.
More people should be visiting a chiropractor, though, because many people live with crippling migraines unaware that chiropractic care can reduce or even eliminate them.
Back pain can also be debilitating.
There are a variety of reasons someone could be suffering from back pain, but no matter the reason, seeking chiropractic care can help eliminate your pain.
You also won't need addictive painkillers or invasive surgery.
Instead of seeing a chiropractor, many people turn to over the counter pain medications when their spine isn't aligned.
Painkillers will only mask the pain without treating the underlying issue.
Your chiropractor, on the other hand, will look for the root cause of your pain symptoms and remove any misalignments that could be causing it.
If pain disrupts daily life, your spine is probably out of alignment.
2. You Crack Your Joints Often
A famous excuse for people not to see a chiropractor is, "I can crack my own joints, why do I need a chiropractor?"
Well, doing it yourself and having a chiropractor adjust your spine are two very different things.
It's why those people have to continuously crack their backs without ever finding real relief.
If we're sticking to the car metaphor from above, cracking your own back is like changing your oil but not changing the filter.
Your chiropractor will be able to find the exact location of your subluxation and correct it. They will also make the relief last.
You can't do that by cracking your own joints.
3. You're Always Sick
If you always seem to have the flu over the winter, catch a summer cold, or have other viruses over and over again, you most likely have a weak immune response.
Your central nervous system controls everything in your body. It's the primary communication between your body and your immune system.
When your spine is misaligned, the communication is blocked and signals aren't being received clearly.
A chiropractic adjustment will restore the lines of communication which leads to a much better immune response.
When your central nervous system is fully functional, your immune system will function much better, helping you stay healthy.
4. There is Numbness or Tingling in Your Back or Feet
Numbness or tingling in these areas is are sure symptoms of a misaligned spine.
These feelings are usually stemmed from pinched nerves.
Even though the nerve isn't literally pinched, they are being compressed or irritated, which can lead to pain or feelings of numbness.
A chiropractic adjustment will ease the pressure on the pinched nerves, and ease your pain and feelings of numbness.
5. You Never Feel Awake
We all get fatigued once in a while.
Feeling fatigued all the time, even if you get a good night's sleep, is different. That's not normal.
When that happens, your fatigue is a symptom of something else, and chiropractors are great at figuring out what it is.
If it's because of a subluxation, your chiropractor will find them and correct them without the need for drugs or surgery.
This is especially true if you are also experiencing neck pain or back pain.
Pain zaps your energy faster than anything else and is a very common cause of fatigue.
Chiropractic care can reduce and even eliminate your pain, so your awake and present for your life, instead of walking through it like a zombie.
6. It's Difficult Turning Your Head or Hips
If your neck is always stiff or you can't turn your head without feeling neck pain, it's a sure sign that your cervical spine is out of alignment and causing you to lose some of your range of motion.
The same is true with your hips. In addition to a subluxation, you could have a problem with tight muscles or damaged connective tissue like your ligaments or tendons.
If you've felt this way for a while, you might be used to it.
But things would be so much better if you had a full range of motion in your neck without any pain or stiffness.
Once your neck is realigned, you will feel a noticeable difference, and your neck pain will slowly disappear.
BONUS: Your Posture Appears Uneven
In some cases, spinal abnormalities are clearly visible simply by evaluating posture.
If the shoulders or hips are crooked, even when the patient feels that he is standing up straight, this is one of the more obvious misaligned spine symptoms.
Conditions such as Scoliosis (sideways spinal curvature) are more common than people realize; however, there are a variety of other conditions, such as Lordosis or Kyphosis.
All of these symptoms can be helped by routine chiropractic care.
Contact the Arrowhead Clinic
If any of the symptoms above sound familiar to you, you might have a misaligned spine.
In that case, you should see a chiropractor as soon as possible so they can get your spine back in alignment and you can start feeling better.
Your spinal health is vital to your overall health and should be taken seriously.
The experts at the Arrowhead Clinic have years of experience helping people return to optimal health with chiropractic care, and they are prepared to help you as soon as possible.
The chiropractors at the Arrowhead Clinic will perform an in-depth exam and go over your medical history so they can accurately diagnose your symptoms.
Once your symptoms are diagnosed, they will design a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs to treat your symptoms and restore your health.
For people who have never experienced chiropractic care, there is sometimes a measure of concern about seeking out treatment for spinal misalignment.
They may wonder if it will be painful or if their symptoms could become worse.
They may worry that the treatments will be prohibitively expensive. The best way to alleviate fears concerning chiropractic care is to sit down with a chiropractor.
A consultation is a completely obligation-free opportunity for the patient and physician to evaluate spinal health and to collaborate on an effective plan of care.
You shouldn't go through life dealing with constant pain. Let the chiropractors at the Arrowhead Clinic help you today.
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