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How to Tell If You Have a Spinal Joint Dysfunction

By Sara Butler

The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are detectives and they're out to uncover the ways your body may be working against itself. Namely, they want to sniff out joint dysfunctions and restrictions in order to get rid of them for good and help your body work optimally. Outside of the chiropractic office, there are some signs you can look for that point to joint dysfunction or restriction in your spine that is causing trouble. Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for.

Common Symptoms

The symptoms of a joint dysfunction or restriction can take many forms. People experiencing issues commonly experience:

  • Headaches that can persist for days
  • Stiffness in the back or neck
  • Pain when lifting, twisting, or bending
  • Fatigue
  • Morning back pain
  • Achy, sore muscles

These common symptoms often seem minor and many people ignore them or write them off as simply a side effect of getting older. But they actually may be a sign that you're suffering from a joint dysfunction or restriction -- and the chiropractor can help.

Not-So-Common Symptoms

Of course, there are a few symptoms of joint dysfunctions and restrictions that aren't as common but should still be on your radar. These symptoms can be a bit tougher to spot, but should be mentioned to the chiropractor if you notice them:

  • Digestive issues
  • Problems concentrating
  • Shoes that wear out quickly
  • Frequent illness

At-Home Tests

To figure out if something you are experiencing may be caused by a joint dysfunction or restriction, there are a few simple tests you can do at home to find out. You can:

  • Look at your feet - The direction your feet face as you move can give many clues to possible dysfunctions or restrictions in your spine. Simply look at your feet as you walk and note their position. Your feet should be straight out in front of you with each step, but if you notice they flare outward or inward, then it's time to see the chiropractor.
  • Use two scales - Take two bathroom scales and place them side by side. Then, place one foot on each scale to see if you can step up onto them at the same time and easily balance your weight between the two. If you have one side of your body bearing more weight than the other, then that could be a sign of a joint dysfunction or restriction.

Aches and pains aren't normal, so don't brush them off! See the chiropractors at The Joint for help.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif.

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