Spinal misalignments happen because of stress and pressure from our everyday lives. Typically a vertebrae will shift out of alignment, or compounding pressures and issues will just begin to cause pain. These vertebral subluxations can also lead to irregular mobility. There’s a vast array of symptoms that you can experience if you have a spinal misalignment. Spinal misalignment symptoms can range from herniated discs, light muscle spasms, spinal inflammation, to reduced mobility.
Here’s precisely what causes spinal misalignments. There may be several other factors, but these are the most common causes of spinal misalignment:
• Jarring Movement/AccidentRepetitive Motions
• Bad Posture
• Poor Lifting Techniques
• Being Overweight
Other causes of spinal misalignment include poor dieting, irregular growths, and sleeping in the wrong position. If you think you’ve got spinal misalignment symptoms brought on by any of these causes, contact Atlas Brain Spine now.
Gradual Onset of Spinal Misalignment
Most people will continue to live in the normal routine of daily life without thinking much about their posture. Because of this, many people will fail to notice their spinal misalignments at all, and the symptoms of their spinal misalignment will only worsen over time gradually.
The most common reason patients will seek a NUCCA chiropractor is when the causes of spinal misalignment are brought on by accident and injury since the sudden nature of the spinal misalignment symptoms creates an apparent link between the accident and the damage. But what about the more gradual causes of spinal misalignment?
Symptoms of Spinal Misalignment
Most people don’t think about the results of their poor posture, bad diet, and lack of exercise. It’s those gradual effects, though, those long term spinal misalignment issues that become highly painful and even dangerous when left untreated and uncorrected. Spinal misalignment and bad posture create undue and painful pressure on your joints, ligaments, and spinal discs.
Many times the spinal misalignment symptoms are subtle, so people will ignore the signs longer than recommended. The most commonly occurring spinal misalignment symptoms are:
Stiff or sore neck and back
• Lack of energy, general fatigue, and tiredness
• Severe or light headaches
• Back muscle spasms
• Joint pain
• Tingling, or numbness in the body
Besides the obvious symptoms we just mentioned, you’re probably experiencing a lot of other health conditions that can be explained by spinal misalignment. Rather than just taking medication for the rest of your life, or accepting that you have to live with your spinal misalignment symptoms, it could likely be some very straightforward causes leading to your spinal misalignment like lousy posture.
You owe it to yourself and your future to take your spinal misalignment pains seriously and seek NUCCA chiropractic treatments. With a series of gentle corrections, Dr. Flory can help you get back on track with your health and completely alleviate all spinal misalignment symptoms you’re currently experiencing.
Additional Symptoms Of Spinal Misalignment
Most people who experience spinal misalignment will eventually start to experience severe issues besides just slight pains and discomforts. More serious risks can occur if your spine is incorrectly aligned for extended periods.
• Frequent chronic pain
• Stiffness in joints
• Forced slouched posture
• Reduced mobility
• Decreased range of motion
• Discomfort laying down, sitting, or standing
• Permanent bone deformities and joint growths
• Respiratory and breathing issues
Treatment for Spine Misalignment
Just as the onset of spinal misalignment takes many years to inhibit a person behavior fully, the healing process can also take a long-term commitment and effort. Being more aware of your spines alignment is a great way to start the treatment of your spinal misalignment. Like we’ve said before, making sure you stretch your body and get regular exercise is one of the best ways to treat your spine along with regular gentle NUCCA chiropractic treatments.
In extreme cases, if you completely ignore your spinal issues for long enough, then medical surgery can be required to treat your health issues.
Exercises and Stretches
Because of home much we sit in everyday life, typically slouching and positioned poorly, we end up exacerbating and inflaming your back pain. Your spinal alignment is affected by these habits, and regular exercise and stretching will help reverse these damaging effects.
Another way to alleviate the harmful effects of spinal misalignment at home is by taking regular breaks and walks during the day. Taking these breaks can help release the pressure you feel in your lower back from sitting all day.
Walks will help you the most when you’re walking with proper posture, and this is the best way to get the most out of your walks. Keep your shoulders back and your head straight, both aligned with your hips and legs in a position that feels natural to you.
Make sure you’re not shrugging forward, roll your shoulders back into it feels comfortable. If your posture starts to slip during the walk, then slow down your pace until you’re maintaining good posture.
You can also try some planks if you’re not in too much pain already. Planks are a great way to stretch and exercise when done correctly, and they also work to simultaneously strengthen your abdomen and back muscles, taking undue pressure off the spine.
Try out some different traditional planking positions like facing the ground and propping yourself up on your forearms, or laying on your back and propping yourself up on forearms. Ideally, you should hold these poses for at least 30 to 60 seconds at a time.
Spinal misalignment doesn’t have to be a significant cause for concern in most cases. If you’re experiencing severe discomfort and pain from your spinal misalignment, though, consider seeking the enlivenment of your pain with NUCCA Chiropractic help. Try out sitting less, different stretches, exercises, walks, and even planks then decide if a NUCCA adjustment might help your symptoms today.
Dr. Tymothy L. Flory graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. Before opening Atlas Brain Spine, Dr. Flory practiced Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Flory completed Board Certification of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association in 2012 and is currently a Credentialed Instructor for the organization.