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Spinal Misalignment Symptoms and Chiropractic

Spinal Misalignment Symptoms and Chiropractic

Individuals typically don’t think about their spine as they go through their everyday lives, bending, reaching, twisting, lifting, etc. However, it is through all of these movements/motions that spinal misalignments can occur causing discomfort, pain, and health problems. This happens gradually, with individuals learning how to live with the misalignment, accepting it as a normal part of life. Spinal misalignments, known as subluxations, are common but can be resolved through chiropractic treatment.Spinal Misalignment Symptoms and Chiropractic

Spinal Misalignment

The spine needs to stay strong, stable, and able to support the musculoskeletal system to keep the body upright and protect the central nervous system. When the spine is properly aligned the body stays strong and mobile. When the spine is misaligned, it can cause dysfunction of the central nervous system. Chiropractic is highly effective and a non-invasive way to improve the body’s health. An individual will want to know if their spine is out of alignment to know what to do and what to avoid when back pain presents. Symptoms that the spine is out of alignment includes:

Headaches, Back, and/or Joint Pain

Headaches, joint pain, and backaches can be misalignment symptoms and are the most common. Many individuals learn to live with chronic headaches and migraines but do not realize that chiropractic treatment can help to reduce, or in a case like this, can eliminate them. Back pain, especially low back pain is another symptom of misalignment. However, there can be a variety of causes, like a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, a chiropractor will alleviate the pain without medication or surgery. A chiropractor will find the root cause and correct any misalignments.

The Heels of Shoes Wear Out Unevenly

This is a symptom that can come from cheap shoes, but often it is from a misaligned pelvis/pelvic tilt. What happens is the hips are shifted out of their proper position, which causes the feet to land on the ground unevenly.

Stiffness and/or Inability To Turn The Head or Hips

If the neck is stiff or there is difficultness, pain when turning, or you can hear the neck crack when turning, this is a sure symptom of cervical misalignment. The same is true with the hips. A subluxation can also cause muscles to tighten or damage the connective tissues, like the ligaments or tendons. Individuals can get used to feeling this way, but it can lead to losing the full range of motion along with pain, stiffness, and inability to perform certain tasks.

Joint Stiffness, Aches, and Pains

Trying to push through back stiffness, along with aches and pains is not healthy. Improper ergonomics and postures could be caused by spinal misalignment or could worsen a subluxation causing further injury. A chiropractor will:

  • Educate on proper ergonomics
  • Show how to improve posture
  • Perform adjustments
  • Recommend anti-inflammatory supplements
  • Perform physical therapeutic massage to eliminate stiffness, alleviate pain, and relieve stress.

Numbness or Tingling in Hands or Feet

This is a sure symptom that of a misaligned spine. Numbness and/or tingling sensations often indicate pinched/compressed nerves. The compression or irritation can result in pain or the aforementioned sensations. A chiropractor will ease the pressure on the nerves, allowing for proper circulation, bringing back the full sensation to the affected area/s.


Body Composition


 

Fiber Health Benefits

Fiber health benefits include lowering the risk of developing diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and more. It is also beneficial for those who have diabetes to improve insulin sensitivity. Adding more fiber to your diet can enhance weight loss goals. Fruits and vegetables are the highest-fiber foods available.

Fiber and Gut Health

The beneficial bacteria that live in the gut thrive from fruit and vegetable fiber. Because the body does not absorb fiber, the bacteria ferment the fiber. Anti-inflammatory fatty acids are released as a by-product of this process and help to protect the health of the gut. They can also help with appetite regulation.

Fiber-Rich Fruits and Veggies

Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, CTG*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

Czaprowski, Dariusz et al. “Non-structural misalignments of body posture in the sagittal plane.” Scoliosis and spinal disorders vol. 13 6. 5 Mar. 2018, doi:10.1186/s13013-018-0151-5

Formica, M et al. “ALIF in the correction of spinal sagittal misalignment. A systematic review of the literature.” The European spine journal: official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society vol. 30,1 (2021): 50-62. doi:10.1007/s00586-020-06598-y

Granacher, Urs et al. “Effects of core instability strength training on trunk muscle strength, spinal mobility, dynamic balance and functional mobility in older adults.” Gerontology vol. 59,2 (2013): 105-13. doi:10.1159/000343152

Gastric Distress, Spinal Nerve Compression, and Chiropractic Release

Gastric Distress, Spinal Nerve Compression, and Chiropractic Release

Stomach ache, acid reflux, gas, and other symptoms of gastric distress can be linked to spinal issues and misalignment. The spinal cord sends nerve signals to all parts of the body, specifically those affecting digestion functions. The lumbar spine/lower back includes the sacrum which is vital in terms of nerve function.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Gastric Distress, Spinal Nerve Compression, and Chiropractic Release
 
Various spinal cord issues could cause problems with the rest of the body. These include:
  • Disc compression
  • Herniated discs
  • Strained ligaments
Misalignments/problems in the lower back can result in gastric symptoms like:
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Bladder malfunction
 
This is because this area of the spine includes sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves that are connected to the digestive system. Any problem with these systems can result in miscommunicated signals to the rest of the body. The wide-range effects that compressed nerves can have on the body, as well as, how the spine is affected by the obstruction of these nerves, can be detrimental. Chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate and release the gastric distress are able to correlate their spine�s role in gut health. This along with an education on the central nervous system. A chiropractic approach can help as a long-term solution to gastric distress.  
 

The Nerves

Every organ in the body functions by sending and receiving electrical impulses, transmitted through the nerves. These impulses direct the function of organs. If blocked or the signals are improperly/partially sent/received, various health issues can begin to present. For the gut, proper nerve signal transmission at full capacity is crucial. The stomach needs to be able to properly digest food while absorbing nutrients and preparing for waste removal. This is where gastric distress conditions begin like:
  • Irritable bowel syndrome – IBS
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease – GERD
  • Abdominal pain syndrome – APS
Nerve conditions worsen with time if the health and function of the affected nerves are not restored. This could mean severe chronic symptoms and the possibility of permanent nerve damage.  

Nerve Blockage

Messed up nerve signals are usually pinched, blocked, or displaced. Most nerve bundles exit through the spine and are usually where a chiropractic exam will start. Through palpitation of the spine along with diagnostic imaging, a chiropractor can track down exactly where the nerve blockage/s are taking place. The lower back and upper back are common areas to examine. This is because a majority of abdominal organ nerves branch out from these spinal segments. If spinal subluxations are present, more than likely they are affecting the function of these organs. Chiropractic will adjust the spine and reset/realign the spine to its proper form, allowing for proper blood circulation. Compressed nerves can also cause inflammation that could require more complex treatment.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Gastric Distress, Spinal Nerve Compression, and Chiropractic Release
 

Listening to the Body

If the gut is presenting with aches, and bloating after every meal, it could be indicating that something is wrong or off. Individuals cannot feel blocked nerve signals, but the gut can. Listen to it when it is alerting an issue or problem. We want to educate our patients on gut and spinal health. Chronic gastric distress can be corrected with chiropractic.

Chiropractic Pain Relief

 
 

Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Spiegel, Brennan M R et al. �Understanding gastrointestinal distress: a framework for clinical practice.��The American journal of gastroenterology�vol. 106,3 (2011): 380-5. doi:10.1038/ajg.2010.383 Kehl, Amy S et al. �Relationship between the gut and the spine: a pilot study of first-degree relatives of patients with ankylosing spondylitis.��RMD open�vol. 3,2 e000437. 16 Aug. 2017, doi:10.1136/rmdopen-2017-000437
Spinal Misalignment Signs and Symptoms

Spinal Misalignment Signs and Symptoms

Most individuals go about their lives without thinking about poor posture and spinal misalignment, not to mention the spinal health problems/conditions that are associated with misaligned vertebrae. Most spinal misalignments come on as a result of:
  • Poor posture habits
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Destructive lifestyle choices
  • Sudden misalignments caused by accident/s or injury/s
 
Sudden misalignments can be associated with a direct cause that an individual can recognize increased symptoms and injury. It�s the long-term spinal misalignment that can become dangerous if left untreated and out of alignment. This is when it is time to see a chiropractor for an immediate spinal realignment.  

Body Posture Mechanics

Poor posture along with poor body mechanics contributes to spinal misalignment. This creates unnecessary and consistent pressure on the:
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Joints
  • Discs
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The pressure also causes a stretching of the nerves in the neck and low back. These nerves are responsible for transmitting, muscle expansion/contraction signals, vital information, and energy to the body’s organs. Any nerve interference will diminish the energy/blood flow to the limbs and organs. This can lead to disease and other major health complications like:
  • Chronic pain
  • Decreased mobility
  • Joint stiffness
  • Slouched posture
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Discomfort when sitting, standing, and lying down
  • Permanent joint/bone deformity/s
  • Broken bones, specifically in the spine
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Spinal Misalignment Signs and Symptoms
 
Most individuals do not recognize the gradual or long-term health problems linked to the spinal misalignment. Often the signs and symptoms are very subtle, so do not raise a cause for concern. The most direct symptoms of poor posture and spinal misalignment include:
  • Sore/stiff neck or back
  • Low energy
  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Back muscle spasms
  • Joint pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Altered sensations
In addition to the symptoms, individuals should realize that underlying health conditions could also be linked to poor posture and spinal misalignment. If any of these symptoms are presenting see a chiropractor for an examination and proper diagnosis. These symptoms can be masked with pain killers, mattresses, or caffeinated drinks. However, these will not realign the spine to its proper form.

Chiropractic Lower Back Treatment


 

Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Veintemillas Ar�iz, M T et al. �Changes in spinal alignment.� �Alteraciones de la alineaci�n vertebral.��Radiologia�vol. 58 Suppl 1 (2016): 115-27. doi:10.1016/j.rx.2016.01.007
Weightlifting Fitness and Chiropractic, The Perfect Team

Weightlifting Fitness and Chiropractic, The Perfect Team

Weightlifting and chiropractic go hand in hand as a perfect team. Everyone in some way can utilize weightlifting, whether it’s for general exercise, strength training, rehabilitation, bodybuilding, looking and feeling good, spinal health matters. When the spine and the body’s central nervous system work in harmony, muscle function is at its optimum.

Many individuals consider health care to be a reactionary function. The proverb if it’s not broken, then don’t fix it, is an approach currently being applied to various health conditions. Only after an individual exhibits or feels ailment symptoms is when they’ll see a medical professional. Weightlifters are thought to be generally more in tune with their bodies. But they are no different in that many do not seek medical attention until symptoms present.  

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Weightlifting Fitness and Chiropractic The Perfect Team
 

Bodybuilding involves lifting heavy weights while maintaining proper posture and balance. Weightlifters, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts know that balance includes a healthy diet and combining fitness training with a positive mindset. Individuals involved in exercise/fitness regimens know that the muscles need time to recover and build new tissue.

Weightlifters, athletes, and overall fitness enthusiasts are discovering chiropractic medicine and its benefits. Fear of the unknown is usually the biggest reason for people not seeing a chiropractor. But for athletes, weightlifters, etc., not seeing a chiropractor, they’re usually worried they will have to stop training/competing for a while. Whatever the reason/s for not seeing a chiropractor, here are five for seeing one that everybody and every bodybuilder should know.

 

Chiropractic Mind and Muscle

Distractions in weightlifting will almost always result in an injury. The mind and body need to be balanced when working out. Just adding more weight or doing more repetitions will not create the best bodybuilder. Professional weightlifters know that it’s not about working harder but working smarter. This is where chiropractic enters the picture.

All the body’s muscles connect to joints or the spine. The joints and spine must be properly aligned for the muscles to work in proper balance. In today�s world, it’s all about the quick fix. Whether it’s a pill for whatever or fast food, however, some things need time and proper care to flourish. Chiropractic and bodybuilding are two of those things.

 

A Spinal Shift Makes WeightLifting Harder

When the spine is not aligned, the muscles on one side of the body are forced to work harder than the other side. This is a perfect injury set-up. An example is doing bench presses with one foot firmly on the ground, with the other using only the toes. That is the picture when the spine is out of alignment. Working out with an uneven foundation opens the doors to injury/s.

A chiropractor can discuss the best bodybuilding routine that will get results, give diet/supplement recommendations, and advice on proper lifting techniques, as well as stretches and flexibility exercises. They see the changes in the body before any pain is felt. Based on this, they can decrease the potential for injury.  

 

Minor Injuries Lead to Severe Injuries

Many weightlifters believe if they feel pain after a workout, it means it was a good workout and is considered a sign that the muscles worked to the maximum. However, this is not always true. Microtrauma injuries are not always detected because they can hide behind minor muscle pain after a heavy workout.

Microtrauma injuries are small tears in the connective tissue and the fibers of the muscle itself. These micro-tears can cause swelling that is not seen but can be felt. This type of trauma needs proper recovery time to heal. And if treatment is not sought out, it can increase the risk for severe injuries later. These include:

  • Ruptured ligaments
  • Joint function loss
  • Fractures

Bodybuilders who receive regular chiropractic adjustments also benefit from having one-on-one discussions about strength, diet, power, or pain they’re experiencing and get sound advice/recommendations. The chiropractor will know the difference and will know how to prevent further injury.

 

Weightlifting and Maximum Potential

Professional weightlifters understand that a combination of natural approaches and utilizing these resources will bring optimal results. Bodybuilders, athletes, and fitness lovers are utilizing chiropractic to stay healthy, fit, and aligned. It is a perfect team, fitness, and chiropractic.

Weightlifting makes the body stronger. This comes from the added stress on the bones, muscles, and joints, which causes them to adapt. However, there is also an added strain that can misalign the spine and pinch the nerves. Pinched nerves cause lower levels of muscle strength and the development of scar tissue. Individuals might not be aware as this condition does not always cause pain.

Chiropractic involves adjusting the spine back into its natural, proper position. This allows the muscles to achieve maximum potential. Protein supplements and powders can also help. Chiropractic relieves the stress that occurs from weightlifting and releases the subluxations. Regular chiropractic prevents injuries, helps injuries heal quickly, and allows for continued training with modifications depending on the patient’s case.  

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Weightlifting Fitness and Chiropractic The Perfect Team
 

Alleviating Pain and Preventing Injury

The muscles function and perform based on the signals sent and received through the central nervous system. When an injury occurs to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or other body areas, inflammation and swelling occur. Inflammation is not all bad and is a good sign that the body has been injured, needs attention, and deals with the injury.

But communication needs to be relayed for this to happen. When the joints in the spine are out of place or are not moving properly, the information can be scrambled or cut off. This can make it feel as if everything is fine, when there should be pain or when something hurts in one area when the pain is located in another area. Chiropractic restores function to joints, re-aligns the spine, and improves range of motion. This opens up the communication lines completely and allows the body to heal on its own.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How soon can I go back to lifting? It depends on the individual case, but most go back to training the following day if there are no injuries. However, discuss the matter with a doctor.
  • Can a chiropractor adjust a big muscular individual? A chiropractor knows how to manipulate the body to don’t have to be stronger than the individual, no matter their size.
  • Can I adjust myself? Chiropractors are trained doctors that know where to apply specific movement and pressure to a joint that is causing problems.
  • Do I need chiropractic because my back doesn’t hurt? An individual does not have to be hurt to benefit from chiropractic. Chiropractic can be utilized to improve performance and as a preventative treatment.
  • Can chiropractic help with difficulty sleeping after workouts? Tension and stress, as well as tight muscles, are irritating to the central nervous system. Hot baths can help relax the muscles. Chiropractic helps release tension, relieve stress, leading to a better night’s sleep.

 

Strong Chiropractor


 

Disclaimer *

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACPCCSTIFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN*

email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com