How Can I Tell If My Spine Is Healthy?



15 Warning Signs Of An Unhealthy Spine

warning signsMost of us never give a thought about our spinal health unless we have back pain, or some other kind of obvious problem. And this is reasonable to assume. If there is a problem, your body will let you know, right? Well this is not always the case, particularly with the spine. Because your spine has a major job to do in protecting your spinal cord, your body will automatically compensate for any spinal problems. This is important to minimise stress on the spine and nervous system. It also means that spinal problems can go undetected for many years before they get bad enough to cause obvious signs, like back pain.

So what do you look for that can give you an indication there are potential underlying spinal health problems? You can get a quick indication just by looking at someones posture. Posture is the window to the spine. If your posture is out of balance, then your spine is out of balance, putting pressure upon your nervous system.

Many health problems can stem from an unhealthy nervous system. Spinal health can have a direct affect on your spinal cord and nervous system, which is why it is so vital to regain and maintain optimal spinal health. Early detection and elimination of spinal problems will lead to a healthier nervous system at any stage of life. Good posture and spinal health is vital for optimal health in each and every person. 

Read through the following check list to see whether you or your loved ones could be unknowingly suffering from poor spinal health. Number 11 is great!

1. Check the bottom of your shoes. Do your heels wear evenly, or is one side more worn than the other?  Can be due to uneven leg length or stress along the length of your spine.

2. You can’t take a satisfying deep breath. Breathing, health and spinal health are interrelated.

3. Your jaw ‘clicks’. Unless you have injured your jaw (for example in a bar fight) or had major dental work, a clicking jaw can be caused by neck or hip misalignment.

4. You need to ‘crack’ your neck, back or other joints a lot. Certain areas of your spine may be locked or jammed, and doing this can make you worse.

5. You can’t turn your head or hips to either side equally and easily.  Spinal misalignment and joint dysfunction can reduce your range of motion.

6. You are often fatigued. Spinal problems can drain your energy.

7. You have poor concentration. Spinal misalignment can affect your brain function.

8. You get colds and infections easily (have low resistance to disease). Spinal misalignment can affect your neuro-endocrine system, which plays an important role in your immune system health, resistance to disease and your ability to fight infections.

9. Your foot flares out when walking. Walk normally somewhere that you can leave footprints, like along the beach or in light snow. Now look at your footprints. Do they both point forward, or does one flare outward or inward? Do both? Foot flare may be indicative of misalignment anywhere in the spine.   Alternatively, have some one watch your feet as you walk towards them.

10. One leg appears shorter than the other. With your shoes on, lie down and have someone look down at your feet. Get them to gently push your heels towards your head and compare where the soles of the shoes are. Are they even, or is one shorter than the other?

11. You have poor structural balance. Stand on two bathroom scales. Your weight should be the same on each scale. If not your hips, spine or head can be off centre. This is a very good indication of spinal health issues.

12. You have headaches, backaches, sore/ tender muscles and joints. These are some of the common symptoms of spinal problems.

13. You have constant stress and tension, particularly in muscles and joints. Muscles are affected by spinal misalignment.

14. Your back and/or neck feels stiff. Stiffness can be a sign of spinal damage due to misalignment and joint dysfunction.

15. You just don’t feel right or you are in general poor health. Spinal problems can affect your overall health.



If you answer yes to any of these, you need to see a spinal health specialist. Do not underestimate the affect that even seemingly minor problems can have on your overall health, and how they can accumulate over the years. Remember, your health is your responsibility.

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