How Imbalances Lead to Pain
By Sara Butler
If you were to ask your chiropractor why people experience pain, then you’d probably get a response about imbalances. One of your chiropractor's primary goals is to ensure your body is balanced and all the parts are able to come together to work well together. If you have an imbalance, then it may be the cause of the aches and pains you are experiencing. Here are some of the most common imbalances that cause pain and how your chiropractor can help.
Headaches or Neck Pain
If you’re experiencing headaches or neck pain regularly, then the culprit may just be an imbalance in your shoulders. Look at yourself in the mirror: Is one shoulder higher than the other? Many things can cause an imbalance in your shoulders, including imbalances in other parts of your body, carrying bags that are too heavy on one side, or poor posture.
When you go to see your chiropractor, an evaluation of your shoulders can make sure everything is where it should be. If they find that you do have an imbalance, then they may recommend exercises you can do at home to improve the issue, as well as devise a treatment plan that includes regular adjustments to help restore balance to your shoulders.
If you have headaches but neck pain and your shoulders aren’t the problem, then it may be due to forward head posture. Turn to the side and look in the mirror: Is your head jutting out in front of your shoulders? This can cause some major strain and stress on your neck, which can lead directly to headaches. Don’t worry, your chiropractor will evaluate this too, and help you to correct the problem!
If you have knee pain it may have to do with your hips. Quite often when people experience knee pain it’s due to an imbalance in either their hips or ankles. Any kind of tightness or lack of range of motion in either the hip or the ankle can translate to knee problems and pain.
If you are experiencing pain in your knees, bring it to the attention of your chiropractor, who can help you to determine which of your knee’s neighbors are causing the pain and determine how to correct the imbalances that are a problem.
Lower Back Pain
Many people have issues with low back pain, and quite often the problem can stem from an imbalance in the hips. That’s right, your back problem may not be a back problem at all! If your hips are higher on one side than the other, then the muscles in your lower back are put under stress and strain that can lead to tightness and pain.
If you have lower back pain, then your chiropractor will do an evaluation to help them understand what may be causing it. They are no stranger to the imbalances that cause pain in another part of the body, so they’ll understand what to do!