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.
But, a misaligned spine can not only be uncomfortable but cause several health problems.
Because misalignments usually happen 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.
Misalignments, also called subluxations are common, but they are easily treated by spinal manipulations performed by a chiropractor.
In the article below, we will go over six signs that your spine might be out of alignment.
When you notice these signs, you can visit your chiropractor and return to optimal health.
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 your spine isn't aligned, 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 reasons people 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, seeing a chiropractor 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 and remove any misalignments that could be causing it.
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, cracking your own back 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 immune system.
When your spine isn't aligned, the communication is blocked, or 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 a sure sign of a spine that is out of alignment.
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, there's a root cause to your fatigue, 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 pain in your back or neck.
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 pain, it's a sure sign that your cervical spine is out of alignment.
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.
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.
The experts at the Arrowhead Clinic have years of experience helping people get back to optimal health, and they are prepared to help you as soon as possible.
You shouldn't go through life dealing with constant pain. Let the chiropractors at the Arrowhead Clinic help you today.