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How Long Does It Take to Realign A Spine?

Do you ever wonder if your spine can be "out of alignment"?

Are you uneasy about the health of your backbone & how lengthy it may be to realign the spine?   

If so, we will examine all of these queries in this article! 

In an ideal world,

the alignment of your spine would be in proper formation, and you would see your spine in a straight line. A 'straight line' means: Your body maintains a balance; this balance should run from your head to your shoulders, back, and down to your ankle.

When your whole body is 'set' in the most efficient place with your spine, it can prevent you from developing long-term pain, allow you to have good posture, and allow your nervous and muscular system to function optimally!

On the flip side, when there is a misalignment in the spine, this could degrade your body's Range-Of-Motion (ROM) and cause agonising problems that can affect your ability to live and function with ease. You may be able to tell if there is a misalignment in your spine, as you will more than likely experience symptoms around several joints in your body:

These often start with one lesser symptom and progress to the next of can spread to other areas as your body compensates. the order of these symptoms typically goes like this:

1) Stiffness (restriction)

2) Aches

3) Pain

Misalignment?

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Although exercising, stretching, changing your daily routine and environment may be a workaround for some, you could very well be suffering from tormenting misalignment. 

 If this misalignment is the case, we would advise that you seek treatment from an expert Chiropractor to help manipulate the spine and aid the correction of the natural curvature in your body, thus preventing future poor efficiencies in your movement system. And this may be more the case if you require your body to work and function (plumbers, builders, athletes etc.). But also for sedentary office workers who don't want to see added immobility.

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You may be questioning: How long does the spinal correction process take? Continue to read on, and we will discuss the details below!

What is Our Spine Made up of?

The spine is made up of multiple segments and each segment is typically joined together with three joints. Two very sensitive joints at the back of the spine and a big disc filled joint at the front of the column.

While this is complex we may take still our spines for granted and do not know how much the spine contributes to our daily routine!

If you didn't know, our spine is critical for our balance and to stand upright.

Your spine consists of three different sections when viewed from the side & each section curves differently to create a balance. 

In total, there is a significant chest component of 12 segments curving forward. Then the lower (5 segments )and neck (7 parts) combine to form 12 pieces in total, bending backwards. 

You can see these curves, starting top to bottom, called the:

  1. Cervical spine - neck
  2. Thoracic spine - chest spine
  3. Lumbar spine. - lower back

 Further, the spinal curves are composed of smaller bones called the vertebrae segments. 

 These vertebrae rise from the pelvis to your skull and, as aforementioned, provide stability and support for your upper body. 

"Did you know that your spine does so much more than stabilise your back?"

 The spine also shelters your spinal cord and allows your spinal nerves to transmit through the body! Hence, any misalignment in your spine could affect other parts of your body.

How Long Does Spinal Manipulation Take?

When it comes to seeking a medical professional specialising in musculoskeletal and nervous systems, including the spine, you do not want to choose anyone!

You want to do your homework on your chiropractor, as the spine's bones are very fragile and not easily manipulated.

If you suffer from spinal misalignment, your spine must spend more time in alignment to stabilise. Usually, when you get manual manipulation of the spine to correct any of the issues you may be suffering from. In a basic case (noticeable postural changes, one zone of mild pain/ no pain), this initial process takes adults about 2-3 weeks with two spinal corrections throughout the week. Once the spine is showing to hold the alignment in the correct position consistently for one week, the treatment would then be moved to about once a week for another 3-4 weeks of adjustment sessions.

how long does chiropractic treatment take

When treatment nears the end of the second 3-4 week period, you should see a significant increase in the alignment in your back. This typically coincided with relief/ symptoms changes, generally, we see these from the end of weeks 1-2 but often after your first adjustment you can feel increased motion.

At this time, your back should be holding alignment for at least a month, and then we will assess your spine again in a 3 week period.

At this point, we typically reevaluated your shape changes using our postural software.

As your spine continues to stabilise, you would then be moved and evaluated for treatment in about another three weekly intervals to coach out any postural deficits. 

More complex cases (large postural changes | severe pain | multiple zones of discomfort | history of trauma) will take longer to recover. If you feel your case is complex you may stay in the high-frequency care phase for longer.

Your bodies ability to bounce back or your Capacity-To-Heal will be different depending on genes, social stress, physical body stress/ workload and history of trauma, and previous fitness levels in the area treated will negatively or positively affect the speed of this process. 

CHALLENGE FREQUENCY

Typically, once you have reached the 1.5 months of healing time and this level of stability, your symptoms should begin to become consistently dormant.

As everyone reacts differently to how long they may need manipulation for, the typical healing process is certainly not the journey for all!

Spinal manipulation is not a one-size-fits-all, but we will do anything in our power to make you feel better and explain how long we expect your case to show changes within.

The 15 Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Spine

When you have misalignments, poor posture, reduced range of motion and pain, these are all indications that the health of your spine is not in good condition.

These restrictions may be burdening your ability to perform physically and carry out essential functions properly. So how do you know if your spine is loading your health? Well, of course, nothing can replace a musculoskeletal evaluation performed by a chiropractor. Still, there are some ways to get a better idea about the well-being of your spine and joints. If you are worried about your spine, we have composed a list below of symptoms of an unhealthy spine down, which may help you determine if you need assistance.

warning signs for back pain and misaligment
  • You have poor posture
  • You feel stiffness in either your neck, back or both
  • The heels of your shoes become worn out unevenly
  • You are not able to take a satisfactory deep breath
  • Your jaw 'clicks.'
  • You often have to crack your neck, back, or other joints
  • You cannot bend or turn your head/hips to either side smoothly
  • You find yourself fatigued frequently
  • Your concentration is inadequate
  • You have a low resistance to disease
  • Your foot is flaring out when you are walking
  • Your one leg is appearing shorter than the other
  • You have a constant feeling of stress or tension in your joints
  • You do not feel right, or you are in poor health
  • You have headaches, tender spots in muscles, joints, or backaches

Posture can be a comfortable feeling throughout your musculoskeletal system when good alignment is present. When you do most of your normal daily activities or exercise with poor body mechanics, this could result in an error in your spinal alignment and lead to injury somewhere on the spectrum. 

Fortunately, at Wimbledon Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic, we have a solution to address the alignment of your bones in your spine and help with your nerves, joints, or muscles. At our family-friendly clinic, we see plenty of clients monthly that book an appointment due to the 15 warning signs, and we have rebalanced them. You do not have to live with a misaligned spine or established pain! 

 We are delighted that you are seeking to improve your overall health and wellness, and we are here to help! Our clinic aspires to be the leader in client experience outcomes with excellent research and instruction.

Contact us today for a consultation, appointment or more information on spinal alignment!

Or book a quick call tele-consults online for just £15 and see if we can help?


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