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Acute or chronic pain caused by a misaligned spine can feel debilitating, especially for the elderly. It limits your range of motion and can interfere with everyday activities. In turn, it can significantly decrease your quality of life. Apart from that, a misaligned spine can also affect your mood and sleeping patterns.
Several risk factors can lead to a misaligned spine. These include:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Vehicular accidents
- Work-related injuries
- Improper lifting techniques at your work or the gym
- Poor posture
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- Repetitive physical tasks
A sedentary lifestyle is one of the most common reasons behind a misaligned vertebral column. The spine is built for movement and activity so if you’re always inactive, you may unintentionally be reducing your spine’s flexibility. Moreover, an inactive lifestyle could contribute to obesity. Putting on pounds could place more pressure on your spine, especially if you have poor posture.
Here at LifeClinic, our trained chiropractors perform spine alignment and manipulation to restore your health, maintain optimal well-being, and prevent your pain symptoms from reoccurring. We use non-invasive techniques to reposition your spine and return it to its optimal form. Before conducting any treatment, we assess your unique situation to identify the source of the pain.
After that, we’ll create a unique treatment program for your needs, which can include spinal manipulation, spine alignment exercises, and dietary recommendations. Our goal is to not only eliminate your pain but prevent it by constantly working with you as you recover.
What to Expect
During your first visit, you can expect the following:
- A brief interview
- Physical examination focused on the spine
- X-ray or spine exam
- An outline of your treatment
We start by conducting a brief interview about your medical history, dietary habits, and general lifestyle. In turn, this can help tell us more about your condition.
Our team will also conduct a non-invasive spinal examination to see which parts of your spine are misaligned. During the exam, you’ll be asked to lie on a bed while our chiropractors perform the assessment by applying a controlled force to your spinal area. Sometimes, we may use an activator for this procedure.
After the analysis is done, we’ll come up with a treatment plan to help address your condition.
On subsequent visits, we may also recommend exercise routines to help strengthen the muscles that support your vertebral column. To top that off, you’ll also receive dietary advice and lifestyle recommendations to speed up your healing process.
Am I a suitable candidate for a spine alignment procedure?
There are simple tests you can do at home to see if you should go through a spine alignment procedure. For example, you may check to see if your legs are even. You may sit or lie on your bed then observe if one of your feet extends further than the other. If they’re uneven, you might have a misaligned spine.
Another test you can do is twist your neck to the sides. Pay attention if there are any signs of pain and discomfort. After all, a misaligned spine usually limits your range of motion.
A misaligned spine can also affect the way you walk. For example, you might notice that you’re more prone to limping or hobbling. On a similar note, you may also want to consider assessing your posture. Stand in front of a mirror and see if your shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles are horizontally aligned.
Lastly, you might notice your shoes wearing out unevenly because of the unequal distribution of weight on your feet. After all, a misaligned spine places more pressure on one side causing it to wear out faster than the other.
Other symptoms include:
- Tingling in the hands or feet
- Chronic headaches
- Pain or discomfort when turning your head or hips
- Near-constant fatigue
- Recurring stiffness in your neck and back
If you feel most of these symptoms, then it’s likely that you have a misaligned spine and can go through the procedure.
When undergoing a spine alignment therapy session, your recovery will depend on factors such as:
- The severity of the condition
- How long you’ve had the condition
- How strict you adhere to our treatment plan
- Overall willingness to make lifestyle changes
In most cases, you’ll feel a significant improvement even after attending only a few sessions and going through a spinal adjustment. At first, you’ll need to see a chiropractor twice a week to help the surrounding structure of your spine heal faster. Then after about six to eight weeks when you’ve recovered quite a bit, you can come in just once a week.
At this point, we’ll assess your condition and see how you’ve improved. If you respond well to our treatment plan, we’ll schedule your next sessions to once every two weeks.
Once we’ve addressed your pain symptoms, we can assist you in preventive care. This type of program could last for months or even years, depending on your condition and progress. For a faster recovery, we recommend that you stay active, eat healthy, and exercise regularly.
Frequently Asked Questions
A spine alignment will last several months or years depending on your age, condition, diet, and other factors. As long as you stick to your treatment plan, you can recover faster.
A spine alignment usually takes 30 minutes. This includes the actual procedure, as well as a brief interview about your symptoms and progress toward recovery.
This depends on your condition and your treatment plan. Initially, a twice a week session is conducted. After your condition improves, the frequency of the sessions will gradually decrease until you’re ready for preventive care.
Recovery varies among different patients. However, as long as you stick to your treatment plan, you’ll notice improvement after a few sessions. In fact, you may even notice relief from your symptoms as early as after the first session.
Keep in mind that it can take months or years before your misaligned spine and its surrounding structure returns to normal. Our treatment plans are designed to not only reduce pain but to prevent your condition from occurring again.