The spine is an essential part of the human body. Not only does it enable us to stand up, bend and twist, but it also contains the spinal cord – the information highway of our central nervous system through which messages are sent from our brain to our body. Without our spine, we wouldn’t be able to carry out simple daily tasks that we take for granted. We also wouldn’t be able to experience bodily sensations like pleasure and pain since the spine also protects many nerves that transmit the messages around our body.
For all of these things to work properly, our spine needs to be perfectly aligned. Sadly, illness and injury can cause part of the spine to slip out of alignment, and this can result in a wide range of unpleasant symptoms that can make day-to-day tasks painful or difficult. The good news is that chiropractic care is an ideal treatment for dealing with spinal misalignment issues, and could have you feeling as good as new in as little as a handful of sessions.

Signs And Symptoms of Spinal Misalignment

The spine plays a variety of important roles, and this means that the symptoms that are associated with spinal misalignment can sometimes be unexpected. Some of the signs that your spine might not be perfectly aligned include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Stiffness and loss of flexibility
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Strange gait when walking
  • Poor posture
  • Discomfort that keeps you awake at night

Fortunately, chiropractic care can help to correct your spinal misalignment and reduce your symptoms, improving your quality of life.

How Does Chiropractic Care Help With Spinal Misalignment?

Chiropractic is a branch of non-invasive, natural treatment that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system – of which the spine is the primary component. Unlike other treatments, this drug-free therapy aims to find the root cause of the symptoms that are affecting you, rather than just treating them and masking the real reason for your discomfort or mobility issues.

Chiropractors can use many different techniques to treat subluxations, which is the technical term given to the misalignment of one or more of the vertebrae of the spine. Treating these subluxations and bringing the spine back into alignment can help to alleviate many or all of the symptoms you have been experiencing. The main technique used to do this is spinal manipulation. This is where your chiropractor will use their hands to carefully apply pressure and move your body to adjust the position of your vertebrae and joints, bringing them back into alignment. Other possible techniques include massage, trigger point therapy, and spinal decompression. Your chiropractor will explain each technique to you, so that you understand the reason for each treatment and how it is helping you.

Chiropractic is carried out in line with a bespoke, personalized treatment plan that is designed to address your specific areas of concern. How many sessions you will need will be based on the severity of your misalignment and how well your body responds to treatment. Your chiropractor will also be able to give you advice on diet, exercises, and your lifestyle to help you try and avoid repeated misalignment in the future.

If you are concerned that you have a spinal misalignment and would like to schedule an appointment to have an assessment, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced chiropractic team in North Charleston, SC.