How Do You Know If Your Spine is Misaligned?

What are the signs that your spine is misaligned?

  1. Neck and back stiffness
  2. Aches and pains
  3. Numbness or tingling
  4. Fatigue
  5. Walking abnormalities
Having a spinal issue is going to affect your entire body. A misaligned spine, for example, is a condition where a part of your spine is in the wrong position. When this happens, there are many unpleasant symptoms throughout your entire body. In these cases, it is best to seek chiropractic care before your symptoms worsen. A misaligned spine can happen to you due to many circumstances, such as an accident or repetitive injuries. Regardless of the cause, here are some signs your spine is misaligned.

Neck and back stiffness

Having a misaligned spine can cause stiffness in your joints, particularly in your neck and back. The concentration and intensity depend on where the misalignment is located. The source of this stiffness comes from the pressure that builds up in the misaligned spine joints, which aggravates and inflames your spinal nerves. Some people feel this symptom after they wake up, or after periods of sitting or laying down. It is also possible to feel this after physical activity, such as exercise or walking. If you experience this symptom, you may also find that the stiffness makes it difficult to turn your neck or hips. 

Aches and pains Aches and pains

Experiencing frequent aches and pains is also one of the signs of a misaligned spine. This is because the spine is a conduit between the brain and the nerves throughout your body. Any misalignment can lead to trouble with these signals, as well as cause irritation and inflammation of the nerves. This can cause pain in the arms, legs, back, and shoulders. People often misinterpret this pain and do not realize it is caused by their spine problems. This is why it’s important to seek chiropractic care, which can identify the root cause of your bodily pains, such as a misaligned spine.

Numbness or tingling

Numbness and tingling are also symptoms of a spinal problem. If this sensation persists, it is likely caused by the pinched nerves in your spine. While they aren’t actually ‘pinched’, they are compressed or irritated. As previously mentioned, a misaligned joint can do this to nerves, which then creates an unusual sensation. People generally notice the numb and tingling sensation in their hands, feet, arms, and legs. Consulting a chiropractor on this issue can help identify whether it is caused by a misaligned spine or a different condition.


Fatigue Our body’s functions rely heavily on the signals that are passed from our brains, through our spinal cords, and to the nerves located throughout our body. When this connection is impaired because of a spine misalignment, our bodies have a harder time than usual functioning. As a result, you can end up feeling more fatigued. This symptom is often overlooked because tiredness is often attributed to other causes. However, chronic fatigue can be a symptom of a misaligned spine. 

Walking abnormalities

When your spine is positioned wrong, your body’s posture and gait will be affected. In this case, you could be putting unequal weight on one of your legs, which leads to walking abnormalities. If your weight is shifted more towards one side, the shoe on that foot may show a lot more wear and tear than the other. One way to test if a spinal misalignment is affecting your gait is to try and walk in a straight line for a few yards. Keep an eye out for any limping or hobbling. You can also ask a friend to observe your walk to look for anything unusual about your stride. You can also see signs of spine misalignment in the positioning of your feet. While walking, watch how your feet naturally position themselves. Normally, your feet should face straight ahead of you with each step. If one or both seems to turn outward or inward, it can be a sign of a misaligned spine. 

Key Takeaway

If you see any signs your spine is misaligned, it is a good time to consult a chiropractor. Receiving chiropractic care can directly address any spinal issues you may be experiencing. If you’re looking for high-quality treatment, look no further than Chiropractor Philippines. Contact us today to avail of skilled and experienced care, capable of correcting your condition in just a few sessions.

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

To read more about Dr. Ben, click here.

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