Your body maintains a generally straight line from your head to your shoulders and back, as well as your hips, knees, and feet when your spine is properly aligned.
In addition to keeping a healthy posture, proper alignment can help avoid long-term pain, prevent damage to the musculoskeletal system, and allow for optimal organ and immune function.
Misalignment can reduce your flexibility and range of motion, increase joint pressure, and speed up the wear and tear process in the affected region.
A spinal misalignment can often result in pain to other parts of your body and other major issues, all of which can have a detrimental influence on your quality of life.
Continue reading to see why having good spinal alignment is so critical.
What Does Your Spine Do?
Our spine most importantly protects our spinal cord which is an extension of our central nervous system, starting from the brain.
This means that our spinal cord carries the signals from our brain to our bodies to carry out any function or movement.
Our spine connects every part of our body helping us to stand upright. The spine is also elastic and flexible allowing us to bend and twist our bodies.
Considering how big of a role our spine plays in protecting our nervous system, if the spine is misaligned, that could disrupt our nerves’ communication and in turn lead us to illnesses, severe pain and even loss of function in the area.
Chiropractic treatment can usually relieve pain and alleviate these symptoms, but can also help to prevent more invasive methods, such as spinal surgery.
What are the Common Symptoms of Spine Misalignments?
The key to correcting spinal misalignments is identifying the symptoms as early as you can. It can be tough to spot it, especially when you can’t literally see your spine!
Well, these are a few telling signs that you might have a misaligned spine:
Migraines and headaches
Chronic back pain or neck pain
Pain in the lumbar spine (lower back pan)
Always feeling tired
Feeling numb or tingling sensations
Common signs of Subluxation that other people may be able to notice from the outside include:
Forward head posture
Frequently rubbing the neck or shoulders
Self ‘cracking’ the neck
What Can Affect Your Spinal Misalignment?
Most times, the spine is misaligned with repeated minor trauma like injuries, falling and other minor accidents.
But other times, your spinal misalignment can be caused by:
Abnormal vertebrae growth in utero
Over time this will be worsened by 2 big factors: stress and fatigue. Both of these will not directly misalign the spine, however they will reduce the efficiency of the brain, preventing the bain from correcting these misalignments. Stress (mental of chemical) and fatigue will also amplify any existing problems. Think about the last time you had a body pain, if you didn’t get enough sleep and had a stressful day at work, it would make it worse!
How Can You Keep Your Spine Aligned?
So now you know the risks that come with having a misaligned spine, what can you do to prevent it?
Walking and Exercising
Exercises that involve using your body weight can be very beneficial, like a plank for example. It engages your core muscles and is the simplest exercise to maintain your spinal curvature.
If you have trouble doing strenuous exercises, walking is a free and less energy-consuming activity that can dramatically help you maintain a healthy spine.
Stretching and Yoga
Exercising is not the only thing you need to incorporate into your life to maintain your general health. Yoga is a good way of increasing one’s range of motion, flexibility, strength and relief without needing any equipment.
If yoga is too difficult for you, stretching is the easiest way to engage the muscles in your core and lower lumbar region which supports the spine.
Do Chiropractic Adjustments Help with Spine Misalignment?
You may be wondering how can a Chiropractor fix your spine misalignment without having to do surgery?
A Chiropractor is a medical professional who focuses on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, especially the spine.
A spinal adjustment, also known as a spinal correction, is one of the most popular Chiropractic therapies. The Chiropractor will ask you to lie down before adjusting your joints and tissues to relieve pain and inflammation.
After receiving Chiropractic treatments at regular intervals over a lengthy period of time, you may see improvements in your spine alignment. It’s also possible that your general mobility and range of motion may improve.
Fix Your Spinal Misalignments With Vitality Chiropractic Today
Tired of having your entire body hurting? Left uncorrected, a misaligned spine can lead to chronic pain.
Vitality is your top choice for professional Chiropractic care that can administer a treatment plan to suit your health journey.
As one of the top Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care providers in Singapore, we are certified to make sure your spinal column is in its best condition.
Contact us today and make an appointment for a consultation to help you with your spine misalignment!