Trying to accomplish anything with an achy shoulder or a strained back can seem almost insurmountable. And when you don’t know the direct cause of what’s causing pain in your back or shoulders, trying to seek treatment can be frustratingly painful.
Your spine is largely responsible for protecting the central nervous system, maintaining your body’s posture, and keeping the entire musculoskeletal system guarded. Therefore, trying to accomplish anything with an achy shoulder or a strained back can seem almost insurmountable. Any misalignment in the spine can lead to dysfunction in the central nervous system, leading to further problems down the line.
Many people may not know their spine is misaligned until it is too late. Our posture and daily habits can lead to a misaligned spine, and worsening pain over time. It is not entirely uncommon, yet still many people can overlook the signs that accompany spine misalignment. Any of these seven signs of a misaligned spine can be reason to reach out to your doctor for treatment.
Headaches, Back Pain, and Joint pain.
These three kinds of pain are quite frequent in our lives, and we may experience them more than we would like to. However, in context to a misaligned spine, these kinds of pains are usual symptoms. Many people suffer from migraines without recognizing that chiropractic care can help to diminish or even eliminate them in some circumstances. Back pain can be caused by a variety of habits, including strain or poor posture. However, depending on the location, it can be an indicator that something is out of place in your spine and affecting your back and joints.
Wearing out your heels.
We spend most of our days on our feet. In fact, Americans should start standing, moving, and taking breaks for at least two out of every eight hours at work, according to an expert statement published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Thus, getting a comfortable pair of shoes is a given. But, what if your shoes aren’t the problem? A misaligned pelvis can cause you to wear your heels out unevenly due to your hips not sitting properly.
Your Hips and Head Cannot Turn Easily.
Getting a stiff neck every now can be quite bothersome, but if you notice pain or cracking with every turn of your head, this can be a sign of something more serious. Your cervical spine may be out of alignment, causing stiffness and pain with each movement. The same may go for your hips- a misalignment can cause tightness or damage in the joints, making it difficult to maneuver.
Numbness or Tingling in Your Hands.
This is perhaps one of the most telltale signs of a misaligned spines. Tingling or numbness may erupt from the typical “pinched nerve”, otherwise known as the pressure on your nerves or tissues, resulting in irritation and a feeling of compression. This then turns into “pins and needles” or numbness.
Fatigue is quite normal for many people, even after getting a good night’s rest. Your weariness has a root cause, and a chiropractor may be able to determine where exactly the pain is coming from. If the problem is caused by a subluxation, a partial dislocation in the spine, your chiropractor will locate and repair it without the use of medicines or surgery. More often than not, however, this can stem from a bad, soft mattress. Consider looking into supportive mattresses that can ensure you get a good night’s rest.
Constantly cracking your neck and shoulders.
Cracking your neck or back can sometimes provide instant relief to soreness. After all, chiropractors are licensed and trained to pinpoint areas of trouble in your joints to provide relief. This could put more pressure on your back if you are not doing it properly, or doing it too frequently. It is better to consult with a chiropractor to have your back cracked professionally.
Catching the flu often.
Being susceptible to the seasonal flu or other viruses can be something to expect every year. A poor immune system can put you at risk for this, but this weakened immunity may be a result of a misaligned spine. Your spine is responsible for protecting your central nervous system, which has direct communication with your immune system. Any kind of misplacement can hurt this line of protection, and it may deter the communication to the immune system.