Warning Signs of an
Symptoms such as headache, neck or
back pain, numbness, tingling or other health problems can often be caused by
spinal misalignments (called "subluxations"). These misalignments can be caused
by ordinary movements or by intense trauma to the spine (such as a car accident
or other injury). Because these misaligned vertebrae can affect the function of
the spinal cord and nervous system, it is vital that the spine be checked for
Symptoms of spinal misalignment
___ Your heels wear out unevenly.
___ You have headaches, back aches,
neck pain, stiffness or soreness in muscles or joints.
___ Your foot flares out when
___ You are often fatigued, have poor
concentration, low resistance to disease or infection.
___ You can't turn your head or hips
equally to either side.
___ You feel stiff getting out of bed
Many spinal misalignments give
NO warning signs, like a cavity before
it become painful. Even though you can't feel them, they can adversly affect
your health. Below are some checks that may reveal spinal misalignments BEFORE
they become painful.
Here are some simple tests you can do
at home to see if your spine has any misalignments:
Stand on a hard surface
with eyes closed and "march in place" 2 or 3 steps, then stop. With eyes still
closed, slowly "nod" head 2 or 3 times,
as if looking at the floor and then the ceiling. (Stop if
uncomfortable.) With eyes still closed, stand upright with
your weight evenly distributed on both feet. Have someone check that the
following points are directly lined up vertically: between your eyes, your nose,
your chin, between your collarbones, your bellybutton.
Now turn sideways, and
check that the following points are directly lined up vertically: ear, shoulder,
hip bone, ankle.
Other indications that
there is spinal malfunction include: low shoulder on one side, uneven skirt
hemline, unequal pant leg length, uneven wearing down of shoe heels.
Have the person being
tested wear hard-soled shoes and lie face down on a bed with the feet hanging
over the edge. Arms should be resting at each side, and face should be centered.
Grasp both feet equally, and check to see if one leg appears shorter. Test
further by bending both legs at the knees and compare again. A short leg is an
indication of many types of spinal problems.
Even if you do not have
the signs listed above, your spine may still have "hidden" misalignments
(subluxations). A chiropractic exam (including range of motion and other
orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic tests) will reveal if you have any