Chiropractic & Posture Correction
Spinal misalignment affects a large proportion of the population, yet most people are unfamiliar with the impact of spinal misalignment on their bodies. Many people believe that their present level of health can’t be improved.
Many men and women feel that the pain, stiffness, inflexibility, or numbness they feel in their bodies is just part of being a man or woman and that it will have to be tolerated for the rest of their lives. The Scoliosis Center of Utah understands that this is not true.
Without having to go through surgery, chiropractic care is the most chosen method for fixing spinal misalignment. People who are not conscious that their pain is caused by misalignment and those who knew about it but thought it couldn’t be helped improve every day with expert chiropractic treatment!
Many people are shocked to discover that not only is it easy to treat spinal misalignment, but this condition might also be the source of other health problems they thought were unrelated.
What is spinal misalignment, and how does it affect posture?
Spinal misalignment refers to a curvature of the spine that departs from the natural, ideal shape. All human spines have their own curves which allow for proper function, but if these depart too significantly from the general form, it can cause problems in supporting the body’s weight and structure.
A straight spine is key to balance and proportion in the body, organ function, mobility, and lack of pain. When the curvature of the spine is abnormal, it puts strain on muscles and ligaments which can lead to pain. Correct and ideal spinal curvature leads to excellent posture. The chin is positioned over the shoulders, there is no extra tension on the neck, and the shoulder blades are in line with their sockets when someone has good posture.
Good posture is easy to maintain when your spine has a normal curve. Your muscles are flexible and relaxed, which means you’re healthy and have good range of motion. In other words, having a healthy spinal curve lets you move easily and comfortably.
When the spinal curvature is abnormal and misaligned, the entire body can be thrown out of balance. A patient may have a small misalignment, or have the joints of the spine can be pushed several degrees away from a natural curve. For example, in the case of scoliosis, the spinal curvature significantly deviates from its natural form. Chiropractic treatment can help with both situations by rapidly correcting spinal imbalances.
Conditions Treated with Chiropractic BioPhysics®
Symptoms of Spinal Misalignment
Other than a diagnostic evaluation that uses x-rays and digital imaging to examine the spine’s alignment, there are other techniques to determine if your spine’s curvature has changed. Please keep in mind that this isn’t an exhaustive list; each individual’s symptoms of spinal alignment may be distinct. However, these feelings are prevalent among most individuals who suffer from spinal misalignment as a result of it.
The enteric nervous system is a crucial part of the digestive process, and when the spine is out of alignment, it can disrupt communication and circulation between the brain and this vital system.
The brain and spinal cord are the two main components of the central nervous system, making it one of the most vital systems in our body. The primary function of the central nervous system is to control and coordinate all other systems in our body including sensory perception, motor control, hormone production and release, and cognition (thinking). When the bones in our spine become misaligned or subluxated, any of these functions may be disrupted.
Pain and Discomfort
Spinal misalignment causes muscles, ligaments, tendons, and tissues to work against their natural purpose by striving to maintain the body’s structure. Because the body is always attempting to return to homeostasis, it will attempt to compensate for poor alignment in other ways. This, combined with pinched nerves, can cause a feeling of widespread discomfort throughout the entire body. Numbness and pain in the middle and lower back are common; shooting pains across the neck are also typical.
Mattress sellers would have you believe that your mattress is to blame for your back pain—but this isn’t always the case. In fact, many people struggle to find a mattress that truly satisfies them. This isn’t due to the fact that most mattresses are bad; it’s because the majority of us have misaligned spines! Most individuals can get comfort on any sleeping surface as long as their spine is straight. When the spine is out of alignment, selecting the proper pillow(s), mattress, and sleeping posture all becomes difficult.
Thinking and the Brain
The nervous system and spine work together in cognition. When the spine is aligned correctly, cerebrospinal fluid aids in brain detoxification as well as delivering nutrients to the brain. If there is a misalignment between the lower spine and brain, this can disrupt cerebrospinal fluid flow and reduce nerve transmission energy from reaching neurons in the brain.
Stiffness & Inflexibility in the Body
If you are not elderly but find yourself with a stiffness and lack of flexibility in your back, neck, and shoulders, it is likely due to spinal misalignment. The spine gradually loses its flexibility as it strays further from ideal alignment. When the spine is out of line, it puts strain on the muscles, tissues, and ligaments that must support the body’s structure without optimal alignment.
An upright head posture, uneven shoulders, hips, or legs with different lengths often indicates spinal misalignment. Because our posture and alignment influence each other negatively or positively, this becomes a chicken-and-egg problem. In simpler words, bad posture habits might cause spinal misalignment which can then lead to further poor posture habits. Correcting misalignment is likely to result in posture improvement, according on chiropractic research. Chiropractic treatment can help with any source of postural anxiety or misalignment.
The spine’s deviation from its ideal curvature can cause adverse effects on breathing and heart rate. When the spinal curve is severe, for example in scoliosis, it puts pressure on organs like the lungs. Even a minor spinal curvature will still impact the nervous system which controls respiration and circulation. It’s possible that you have spinal misalignment if you have shallow breathing, a fast or erratic heart rate, light-headedness, and numbness in your extremities with no apparent cause.