Fatigue and your spine

Most people fail to realize just how important a proper spinal alignment is in relates to their wellbeing and everyday health. When you have issues with your spinal alignment or have other problems, it may negatively affect both your bones and joints. This can lead to a variety of different health problems, including symptoms of chronic fatigue.
Remember that the spine is not merely there to keep us upright. The spine houses and protects the spinal cord. The spinal cord is the conduit that connects our nervous system to our brain. Most functions and movements depend heavily on the spinal cord, meaning it should come as no surprise that issues with the spine can drain our overall energy levels.

Defining fatigue

Keep in mind that low energy or fatigue are common conditions. This can range from severe physical and psychological depression highlighted by a total lack of fulfilment or pleasure, or just waking up in the morning with a chronic tired feeling. Some people treat fatigue as though it is a symptom all on its own – but this is not how you should look at fatigue.
Fatigue is often a warning sign that there is something wrong with us. This can be emotional or physical. It may be as simple as having exercised too much without giving our body enough rest, having gone through some intense emotional situation, an accident, but it can also be attributed to a misalignment of the spine.

Fatigue and your spine

One of the most common causes of fatigue that people often overlook is an imbalance in the spinal column. Most people do not understand the significance of this, even when presented with the facts. Perhaps a simple analogy will make it a bit clearer.
Imagine that you have to carry a bowling ball, how much easier would it be to keep it at your side rather than have to keep it at a distance from your body? Considering the average head weighs about the same as a bowling ball, that should clear up the situation a bit. Appreciate that when your spine is imbalanced, it may lead to some exhausting situations for the body.
Keep in mind that your pelvis, hips, scarum, and our 24 movable vertebrae all need to be in alignment to use our energy efficiently. Even a relatively minor imbalance could lead to the body wasting considerable amounts of energy throughout the years.

Side effects with poor spinal alignment

There are a number of different side effects attributed to poor spinal alignment or other issues with the spine. These include:

    •  Poor posture –When the spine is not aligned, certain parts of the body are not supported. This means that other parts of the body have to work harder, thus ensuring that you have an overall sense of fatigue even though you do not feel you did much throughout the day. Remember that your muscles have to work harder to keep your spine stabilized when you slouch. This can lead to the aforementioned fatigue, but also causes tightness in the muscles. If this continues unattended long enough, it can lead to chronic issues from the lower back all the way up to our necks.
    •  Subluxations – When a vertebra becomes misaligned from the rest of the spine, it is referred to as a subluxation. This can lead to irritation and chronic stress on the surrounding nerves and the spinal column itself. If your spine already has subluxations, chances are that it is going to constrict your blood vessels. This will cut off or diminish the blood supply to the muscles. Cutting off the blood supply means that the oxygen flow to the muscles and other areas of the body is diminished.
    • Nerve constriction –Nerve constriction is a common issue with bad posture. The surrounding spinal nerves constantly have pressure placed on them as the subluxations change the spinal shape ever so slightly. This can lead to pain because of pinched nerves, but can lead to pain in other seemingly unrelated areas of your body as well. Constant pain can lead to feelings of fatigue.

Fatigue attributed to fatigue can become chronic if not addressed quickly enough. Remember that the nervous system and the brain control the rest of our body. If the spine is out of alignment, the rest of the body needs to work that much harder to maintain proper posture.
If nerves are pinched and muscles are tight, it is going to lead to a tremendous power drain. This is going to make the person feel fatigued or overly tired. Even though some may not assume that exercise and better posture could lead to more energy, you might find yourself surprised at the results.

Make a difference

Remember that if you suffer from chronic fatigue because of spinal issues, all the latest fads, whether this are mattresses, painkillers, or caffeinated drinks, are not going to make a difference. If you want to treat the issue rather than the symptom, it is important to get the spine back into alignment. If you want to know whether your fatigue can be attributed to spinal issues, visit Total Back Care today. Call 8357 8211 now to set up an appointment.