Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nine Danger Signals of an Unhealthy Spine

Nine Danger Signals of an Unhealthy Spine

We have increasingly become a society that relies on pain to tell us when something is “wrong”. However, pain is just one signal, and often the last, that your body is in trouble. A heart attack is often the first sign of cardiovascular disease. When would you like to take care of the problem? When your body is in complete crisis, or early on when your body gives you signals that there is a problem that it cannot overcome on its own?

These nine danger signs of an unhealthy spine indicate that you could likely benefit from chiropractic care.

* Numbness, tingling or pain in the arms, hands, legs or feet. These are signs of vertebral subluxation, or in layman’s terms a “pinched nerve”.

* Your shoes wear unevenly or your clothes hang on you unevenly. This often is due to uneven leg length or increased muscle tension or spasm along predominantly one side of the spine. Health is about symmetry and balance in function.

* You can’t take a satisfying deep breath. Midback (thoracic) vertebral subluxations can cause the uncomfortable feeling of tightening of the ribcage.

* You have to “crack” your neck, back, or other joints a lot. This phenomenon can be caused by uneven movement of the spinal joints. When a spine is in trouble, some joints move too much and some too little, created unbalanced movement and muscle tension.

* You can’t twist or turn your head or torso to either side easily and equally. Reduced range of motion is often noticed when backing up a car or turning to look when changing lanes while driving. This is caused by areas of your spine that are locked or jammed.

* You are often fatigued. An unbalanced spine drains your energy because it is inefficient in its function.

* You suffer bouts of dizziness. Vertebral subluxations often affect our balance system.

* You have low resistance to disease. You are in general poor health and/or you just don’t feel right! Subluxations affect your neuroendocrine system, which plays an important role in your resistance to disease and your ability to fight infection. Few people realize that our immune function is neurologically controlled.

* You have headaches, neck pain, backaches, sore or tender spots in muscles or joints. These are very common signs of vertebral subluxations.

* You feel nervous or anxious often. Vertebral subluxations affect the delicate balance in the function of our neurologic system, often over-stimulating the sympathetic “fight or flight” nerves.

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