Back problems are not fun, especially recurring ones. Most people live with the chronic pain and don't seek help until it's too late. Read on below for three things you should know about your back, and swipe for more pictures and posture do’s and don’ts to keep back problems at bay.
#1: Look out for these tell-tale signs.
“Warning signs include sudden pain, stiffness, numbness and weakness. Even bad posture is a sign that something is not quite right. [Something mild] like a muscle pull is more of a dull ache and it'll go away after a couple of days. If it's a more serious condition, there'll be sharper, burning or tingling sensations, or pain down the arms or legs. These are potential signs of nerve damage,” says Melisa. 

#2 Even mental stress can affect your spine.
“Any stresses in life, be it physical or mental, can affect the spine and interrupt the signal between the brain and the body. That's when it'll affect your health and well-being. Most of the time, people come to me when they have pain or issues related to the spine. These are not just back pain but also headaches, organ issues, and sleeping problems, among many others. Newborns also often suffer from a misaligned spine from birth trauma. We have had a seven-day-old baby who suffered from severe insomnia and we managed to diagnose the cause as birth trauma and gently restore the spine resulting in complete recovery. But there are also many clients who don’t know what is causing the discomfort or pain anywhere in the body, and just decide to get their spine checked and aligned.

#3 This is why you should go for regular check-ups.
“I had a client a few years ago who had some spinal issues, including pain down his limbs. He recovered after weeks of treatment. It was only then that he told us that he had suffered from double vision for years, which the many treatments he sought had no effect on. His double vision recovered with our chiropractic treatment and he didn’t even come here to treat that. This goes to show the spine really is the centre of your health and protecting it — including frequent check-ups — really matter.”

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