The vertebrae and muscles of the spine are incredible structures capable of moving us through the daily tasks and demands of life. However, if we move wrong, suffer trauma, or regularly engage in certain habits, the spine can become misaligned. There are several ways to tell if your spine is out of alignment.
You Stand or Sit in Poor Posture
While poor posture can be a cause of misalignment, it can also be a symptom. If your spine is out of alignment, it may be uncomfortable to sit up straight or stand straight. A friend, family member, or doctor may be able to help you determine whether you have poor posture if it is not apparent.
Your Shoes Wear Unevenly
If one show wears out before the other, it can be a sign that one leg is shorter than the other. Misalignments of the spine may give the appearance that one leg is shorter than the other because of the way that your body tilts. Poor posture may also contribute to uneven shoe wear.
It Is Difficult to Take a Deep Breath
If the vertebrae in the upper back are out of alignment, it can restrict the expansion of the chest. This may make it painful or difficult to breathe deeply. Breathing restriction may cause further health complications if left untreated.
The Jaw Clicks
If there is tension in the neck, it can cause the jaw to click and shift. This may be a sign of a misalignment in the upper vertebrae. If pain accompanies the clicking and shifting, it may be a symptom of TMJ.
A Foot Flares Out
If a foot or both feet flare out to the side instead of staying straight, it may be a sign that the spine or hips are misaligned. It is not necessary to do a complicated test to determine whether your feet flare out. Simply looking at them is enough as long as you do not consciously try to prevent your foot from flaring out.
Decreased Range of Motion
If the range of motion of the back or head is decreased, it can be a sign of spinal misalignments. Many individuals have difficulty spotting changes in the range of motion, however, as they may quickly adapt to the new limitations. It may be necessary to have a chiropractor help determine whether spinal misalignments are causing a decrease in the range of motion.
If you suspect that your spine may be out of alignment due to the presence of one or more of these symptoms, a chiropractor or physician may be able to diagnose misalignments. A chiropractor may also be able to correct misalignments using spinal manipulation. Additionally, a chiropractor may be able to determine whether the misalignment is caused by other issues or is a symptom of a larger problem.