Spinal Awareness Week last week, why not learn how to be aware of your own
spine?! Below are 15 ways to know that things aren’t quite right and guess what?
Only one of them is to do with pain!
Your Heels Wear Out Unevenly. This can be
due to uneven leg length caused by a misaligned pelvis.
You Can’t Take a Satisfying Deep Breath. Restrictions
in the upper back and ribs (thoracic spine) can cause restricted breathing
and/or expansion of the chest due to the improper motion in the joints.
Your Jaw “Clicks”. This can be
caused by neck misalignment and severe tension in the upper neck. The
upper neck and jaw are very much linked so one will often affect the other.
You Have to “Crack” Your Neck, Back, or Other
Joints Often. This is your body telling you that something is
out of alignment. It can be caused by areas of your spine that are restricted
and unable to move in their normal pattern.
You Can’t Twist or Turn Your Head or Hips to
Either Side Easily and Equally. Reduced range
of motion comes from misaligned vertebrae.
You Are Often Tired. An unbalanced
spine drains your energy. Your body is having to do so much work to
maintain your unbalance posture even at rest.
You Have Poor Concentration. Misalignment in your spine affect the Brain-Body connection.
You Have Low Resistance to Disease. Chiropractic
adjustments to reduce nerve pressure have been shown to help increase
white blood cells throughout the body. Studies show that every time you
get adjusted, your Interleukin-2 (IL-2) levels go up immediately. IL-2 is
what your body uses to kill viral and bacterial assaults.
Your Foot Flares Out When Walking. This test is
easy as long as you don’t cheat. Merely look at your feet as you walk. Do
they both point forward, or does one foot appear to flare outward or
inward? Do both? Foot flare may be a sign of a problem in the lower spine
One Leg Appears Shorter Than the Other. Keep your
shoes on, and lie down. Have someone stand behind you, look down at your
feet, and gently push your heels toward your head. Compare where the heels
meet the shoes. One foot may appear anywhere from 1/8” to 1” shorter than
the other. A lot of people describe this a normal, it isn’t, its just prevalent.
In fact, it is one of our most common findings and when the cause is due
to spinal alignment, it corrects.
You Have weight distribution. Stand on two-bathroom
scales, one foot on each. The weight distribution should be about the same
over each foot. If it is not, that’s a good sign that your spine, hips or
head are off line.
You Have Headaches,
Back Aches, Sore or Tender Spots in Muscles or Joints. All are common signs of a spine out of alignment. Pain is your body is telling you
something is wrong. As Chiropractors we need to find the root cause and
not be guided purely by symptoms.
You Have a Constant, Stressful Feeling and
Tension Especially in Muscles and Joints. Nerve
irritation from misaligned spine results in muscle tension. No
matter how many massages you have. Unless the alignment of the spine is
corrected then things will quickly revert.
You Feel Stiffness in Your Back or Neck. Stiffness may
be a sign of degenerative changes in your spine. Imagine a car tyre, it has
the normal wear from the road, just as our joint do from aging. When a car
tyre is out of line it wears far quicker, the same with our joints.
You Just Don’t Feel Right, You Are in General
Poor Health. If your Nervous System is
not in total balance, your health will not be in total balance.
Getting your nervous system
checked and making sure your spine is in alignment will ensure your nervous
system can communicate properly with your body. When this happens, it is only a
matter of time before your body begins healing properly and true health and vitality can be
If these things ring true
for you let us know and get booked in for your consultation to see your local