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5 Common Signs of Improper Spinal Alignment

November 17, 2020

Are you plagued by seemingly unexplained aches and pains? Do you eat right, live a healthy lifestyle but, somehow, you always seem to be sick or exhausted?

The good news is, you’re not cursed. You may just have poor spinal alignment.

How can you tell if your spine is misaligned? Here are a few red flags to watch out for…


1. Chronic Headaches

Spinal misalignment can put pressure on the muscles at the base of your skull. This muscle tension often results in repeated headaches and even migraines.

Many people brush off these headaches, believing them to be a result of lifestyle or stress. A simple chiropractic adjustment might alleviate their pain.

Spinal manipulation, performed by a chiropractor, may help to reduce muscle tension and ease your headaches.

2. Joint Pain and Stiffness

Poor spinal alignment can put pressure on your muscles and nerves, causing them to become painful and stiff. Affected areas often include the neck, back, knees, and hips.

The soft tissue surrounding your joints can also become inflamed, causing added discomfort. Continued wear and tear on your joints may even lead to the need for spinal surgery.

A chiropractic massage can assist in easing the stress placed on these areas. A chiropractor will also be able to diagnose and treat the root cause of the problem.

3. Numbness or Tingling in Your Hands and Feet

A misaligned spine can get on your nerves, literally.

If your spine is not correctly aligned, it can “pinch” or compress certain nerves causing numbness or tingling.

Many people experience this sensation after sitting cross-legged or falling asleep on their arms. This is completely normal.

If you experience frequent numbness and tingling, with no clear cause, poor spinal alignment or posture may be to blame.

A chiropractic adjustment can ease the pressure on your nerves and alleviate the numbness and tingling.

4. Frequent Illness and Excessive Fatigue

Your spine surrounds and protects your spinal cord, a core part of your central nervous system. Spine alignment problems can disrupt the signals passing down your spinal cord, affecting the health of your whole body.

Fixing the alignment of your spine can boost your immune system and improve your sleep, increasing your overall health and quality of life.

5. Uneven Wear on the Soles of Your Shoes

A person’s shoes can tell you a lot about them, including whether or not their pelvis is properly aligned!

If your spine is misaligned, it can pull your hips into a skew position, causing you to walk unevenly. This will make one shoe wear out faster than the other.

This problem can affect more than just your shoes. An altered walking pattern can negatively affect the muscles and bones in your legs and feet, causing further injuries.

A well-trained chiropractor, such as Dr. Moulton from All Spine Care, can diagnose the cause of an uneven gait, and help prevent further problems.

Spinal Alignment Doesn’t Have to be Backbreaking

A poorly aligned spine affects every part of your body. Luckily, chiropractors have many tricks up their sleeves to help correct your spinal alignment and treat your pain. Visit our website to book your chiropractic consultation today!

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