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Chiropractic Care for Spinal Misalignments
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How Do Chiropractors Know If Your Spine is Out of Alignment?

Signs of a Misaligned Spine 

The spine is a very complex structure that houses the spinal cord and spinal nerves that carry information throughout our entire bodies. The spinal column is made up of bones called vertebrae. Attached to the spine are muscles that allow strength and movement to the spine. 

When the spine becomes misaligned, also known as a subluxation, it can cause a wide variety of malfunctions within the body. 

Misalignment within the spine can affect our daily lives, causing neck and back pain, as well as pain throughout the rest of our bodies. This pain typically has to do with the misaligned vertebrae adding pressure to the nerves in the spinal column. 

The spine can become misaligned for any number of reasons. Some of which are obvious, like being involved in a serious accident. However, there are other reasons that may not be as clear, and it may not be obvious that there is a misalignment at all. 

Here are some common signs that your Chiropractor will look out for when determining if your spine is misaligned. 

Leg Length 

Our legs should be the same length, and under normal circumstances they are. When there is a discrepancy in the leg length, this is a sign of dysfunction in the lumbar spine or the pelvis. 

Checking leg length is often one of the first things a chiropractor look for when diagnosing spinal function. 

When the lumbar joints are not functioning properly they can give the appearance of one leg being longer than the other. Sometimes the difference in leg length can be up to an inch! 

When the spine's alignment is restored, the discrepancy in leg length will also be restored. 

Range of Motion 

When the spine becomes misaligned, range of motion can become more restricted, with or without accompanying pain.

The inability to fully move the head, neck, or back, is likely because the vertebrae in the spine are not in proper alignment. A cervical spine misalignment can inhibit full range of motion in the neck. This often causes pain anytime the neck is moved to the left or right. 

Some people may not realize that their range of motion is lacking until it's being tested by a chiropractor. 


A chiropractor will normally be able to spot a subluxation in the spine just by observing body posture. 

When a patient with a spinal misalignment is standing up, the body may have a tendency to lean to one side, a shoulder or hip may appear higher than the other, the head might tilt to the left or right, or body weight may be distributed unequally between feet. 

It's very likely that when someone's posture is not properly balanced, it's because the spinal joints are not aligned correctly. 


When the spine is out of alignment, checking the wear on the heels of the shoes may actually provide some insight into the spines alignment. 

Those with a spinal misalignment will tend to put an unequal amount of weight on one leg compared to the other, because of this, one shoe may have a lot more wear and tear than the other. 

When the lumbar spine or pelvis is out of alignment, the body will compensate by putting added stress in other places, which is what causes some people to walk differently with unequal weight distribution. 


Another way for the chiropractor to tell if there is a spinal misalignment is by a person's gait. 

During a patient's initial exam, the chiropractor may ask the patient to walk 10 to 20 yards in a straight line. They will be looking to see if the patient can walk in a straight line without limping or hobbling. 

If the spine is inhibiting a patient's gait, the chiropractor will be able to tell quite easily just by performing this one simple test. 

Contact an Experienced Chiropractor for Spinal Misalignment Treatment 

Spinal misalignment can happen to anyone, and for any number of reasons. You do not have to be involved in a serious accident for your spine to become misaligned. Just because there was no serious cause does not mean you won't suffer from serious pain. 

When you visit a chiropractor, the first thing they will do after your consultation is perform a series of tests to check your leg length, range of motion, posture, heels, and gait to determine whether or not there's a misalignment in the spine.

The chiropractor will also require x-ray testing to confirm and determine the severity of the subluxation in the spine. 

Spinal Adjustment being performed by a chiropractor from Arrowhead Clinic

At Arrowhead Clinic, we have a team of highly trained and experienced Chiropractors who have years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with spinal misalignments. 

Chiropractors are trained to understand the musculoskeletal system, and they work diligently to restore the body to its normal function without prescribing pain medications or conducting invasive surgeries. 

Chiropractic Care is an all natural form to treatment and wellness. Chiropractors are specifically trained to correct misalignments in the spine and help to restore the body to its natural function. 

If you believe your spine is not in proper alignment, do not put off chiropractic care. Don't wait for your pain to get worse because you are hoping it will feel better on its own.

The quicker you are diagnosed and treating, the quicker you can return to your normal lifestyle and wellness. 

The experienced Chiropractors at Arrowhead Clinic offer a free consultation so we can find out the best way to help with your treatment and pain relief. 

If you need help correcting the misalignment in your spine, click below to schedule a free consultation with our expert Chiropractors today.

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