Spinal misalignment symptoms vary in levels of severity and pain, but even slight symptoms should not go ignored, since they could lead to scoliosis and worse spinal complications later in life. Once you start experiencing severe pains and side effects from spinal misalignment, you need to treat your spinal misalignment symptoms immediately. Over the counter, anti-inflammatory medication and prescription pain killers do what they can to treat spinal misalignment symptoms. Without addressing the underlying spinal misalignment issues, your pain will continue to return.
You may be surprised to find out that a majority of spinal misalignment symptoms can be detected early on. Symptoms can also take a while to develop, so many patients ignore the early warning signs. We want to shed some light on some of the spinal misalignment symptoms that can be detected early on so that you can treat them before they progress.
Unlike other pains and illnesses, it can take up to 10 years for a spinal condition to fully take hold of a patient and start causing pains. That’s why it’s so critical to take care of spinal misalignment symptoms right away, as any residual aches can become debilitating pains later in life.
Symptoms of Spinal Misalignments
So your spine is made up of vertebrae, a column of separate bones that make up your back extending from your pelvis to the base of your skull. Besides providing stability for your entire back, your spine’s alignment can significantly impact additional areas of your body.
You may be experiencing spinal misalignment if you’re suffering with:
• chronic and severe headaches
• pain in your lower back
• chronic and severe fatigue
• hip pain
• knee pain
• neck pain
• frequent sickness and illnesses
• walking abnormalities
• numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
• c1 misalignment anxiety
Try Lying Down on Your Back on a Firm Surface
Are bothy our hips touching down on the ground firmly and evenly? Do you notice or feel that one leg is shorter than the other while lying in this position? Do you quickly get uncomfortable lying on your back like this? If any of these are true in your particular case, then it’s likely you’re experiencing early spinal misalignment symptoms.
Try Standing in Front of Your Mirror
When you look directly at yourself in the mirror, is your head tilted at all to one side? Do your ears appear to be even? Do you notice that one hip is lower? Do you tend to lean to one side more than the other? Do your pant legs look even, or is one side higher? Do you feel comfortable standing for a while in this position? Look down at your feet, is one-pointed outwards more than the other?
If any of these are right for you, then consider scheduling an appointment to test your spinal misalignment symptoms.
Try Checking on Your Body
Are you feeling pain, stiffness, or tension in your back and neck? Is it difficult to get comfortable when you’re lying in bed? Do you wake up frequently throughout the night because of pain? Are you experiencing pain on only one side of your body? Do you feel easily fatigued? Do you feel easily winded? Digestion issues, headaches, allergies, or infections? ANY of these symptoms can be signs of spinal misalignment.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, then it’s likely you’re suffering from spinal misalignment issues. Spinal misalignment symptoms can go undetected for several years, but eventually, the problems will become bad enough where patients need to seek treatment.
Problems From Spinal Misalignment
Spinal misalignment problems range from a reduction in function to more limited movement in the affected areas. Even though you can still move and function, for the time being, the limitations you’re feeling are not going to fade away without proper treatment. The main problems from spinal misalignment are the break down of your vertebral joints and discs, along with the nervous system feeling dysfunctional and comprised. Most people are not aware, but spinal misalignment symptoms include a loss of circulation, cognition, and irregular emotions.
Causes of Spinal Misalignment
The origins of spinal misalignment vary from poor posture and a lack of exercise to severe trauma and vehicular accidents. The most common causes of spinal misalignment include
• Sleeping in Poor Positions
◦ Sleeping in the wrong position stresses out the spine and ultimately causes spinal misalignment when your sleeping position is very off. Sleeping on your side with your legs tucked a little up near the chest, with a pillow between your legs, this is what the MayoClinic recommends for optimal sleep.
• Deformities and Growths
◦ Vertebral subluxations can form if you suffer from any abnormal growth deformities. Growths can also trigger more severe spinal misalignment symptoms, such as scoliosis. In the United States there are an estimated 5 to 7 million people who suffer from scoliosis at any moment. Spinal curvatures of more than 10 degrees are considered scoliosis level. It today’s world, this commonly affects a large number of people regardless of age.
Does your job or lifestyle require you to perform the same repetitive motions over and over again? This type of repetitive action is known to cause spinal misalignment and increased pains due to vertebral subluxations. For example, if you’re a factory worker, your job likely requires the same motions every day for extended periods.
If this continues for several months, years, or even decades, this inevitably results in your vertebrae slipping out of place. Regular breaks, stretching, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle can help workers avoid spinal misalignment symptoms in the future if they haven’t already developed any.
Poor Diet Habits
So without the proper nutrients, adults will inevitably develop spinal misalignment symptoms and vertebral subluxations. Unbeknownst to many, highly processed foods have very little nutritional value. With a lack of nutrients, your spine becomes unable to support itself and starts to weaken over time. Sure the occasional fast food milkshake is not going to hurt anybody, but without a proper diet to back that kind of decision, it can contribute to spinal misalignment pains.
Physical and Emotional Stress
Stress is the silent trigger because emotional stress can lead to physical symptoms in the body, including the spine. That’s because stress primarily causes your blood pressure to rise, the tensing of your muscles, and more cortisol is produced in the body.
Symptoms Worsen Without Treatment
If left untreated, patients will see the continued degradation of the vertebrae, spinal discs, and bones over time. The condition of spinal misalignment only becomes worse over time as your progressive degenerative condition continues. Essentially as the duration of time your spine is out of alignment lengthens, the worse your symptoms will get.
Contact NUCCA Chiropractic Dr. Tim Flory
It’s entirely possible to mitigate the effects of your spinal misalignment symptoms by scheduling an appointment with a NUCCA chiropractic specialist. Reach out to Atlas Brain Spine today and schedule your appointment with Dr. Tim Flory to start the healing process of your spinal misalignment condition.
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.