The more you twist, the more you shout out in pain. Our bodies are incredibly flexible, but in truth, we are at our strongest when everything is fully aligned. Our nerves, muscles, and joints are all at the best when they are in their right place, correct positions and on the straight and narrow. You learn this is the case when you begin to take working out and or sports seriously. The more twisting you do, the more likely you are to suffer an injury. Learning about joint axis’ and rotation is extremely important for every professional athlete. It’s vital that we all learn what our bodies can do and what we shouldn’t ask them to do for us. If we were all just a little more conscious of the fact that alignment is key to healthy longevity, we wouldn’t do some things we see as being normal. But, here’s what you can do about any misalignments in your body.

The twisted back crack

To some people, hearing your joints and bones crack is frightening and makes you feel queasy. However, it’s actually a normal part of your body’s realignment. Joints and bone attachment points are loose so they allow our body to flex, expand and contract as and when needed. Some people will have learned how to physically crack their backs when little. However, twist your lower back is not good for you. The common reason for twisting your lumbar spine until it cracks is because of pain. It’s a dull sensation which the cracking can make go away but only for a few seconds and then it’s back again. The issue isn’t in your vertebrae but rather a pinched nerve in your hip or lower spine; near the tailbone. Do not twist your back when you feel lower back pain, instead of doing this.

  • Lie down on your side with your arm closest to the floor laying flat and extended out at a 90-degree angle.
  • Straighten your leg that’s on the floor and keep a straight neck with your head lying on the floor as evenly as possible.
  • Bring your outer leg up to a 90-degree angle so it’s perpendicular with your upper body.
    Place your other hand on the back of your pelvis, into the small dent.
  • Push the dent in while keeping your back as straight as possible.

This will alleviate the pressure in your lower back by releasing tension in your pelvis and hamstrings. This is the technique chiropractors use to treat lumbar spine pain for patients. It doesn’t involve twisting. You’re simply pushing your pelvis back into alignment with your lower vertebrae which should release the trapped nerve.

Erupting sideways?

Oral health is among the most neglected forms of good living in society. We don’t realize how important the health of our lips, gums and teeth really are until we feel discomfort and pain in our mouths. Without these three aspects working together, we could not eat or drink. So why do we often forget or simply not care about oral health? Usually, the reason is that we have better things to worry about. If everything appears to be working, we skip over anything that might trouble us now to focus on other things. However, if you have molars that have erupted sideways, you’re in trouble. Sometimes our jawlines are not large enough to house all our molars, thus some wisdom teeth emerge out of our gums pointed in the wrong direction.

When our molars are not aligned with the rest of our teeth, chewing can be very painful. That’s why wisdom tooth removal is a solution you will more than likely need. The longer you allow misaligned molars to situate themselves, the more damage will be done to the surrounding area. Perfectly fine teeth will be pushed out of alignment and this can cause a domino effect all the way to your front teeth. Before this spirals out of control, contact a dental specialist that can safely and comfortably remove your wisdom molars.

On the straight and narrow

Do you follow track and field athletics? Even if you don’t, you will have noticed that all the athletes competing in all the different disciplines, always keep their movements on the straight and narrow. The 100-meter sprinters always make a clean aligned movement, make sure their knees and feet are always pointed straight forward and not to the sides. They also keep the heads straight as possible and not allow any side to side movement or tilting. This is because our muscles and joints perform the best when we make movements that make us seem like we’re on rails. Absolutely no twisting, no herky-jerky manoeuvres and no adverse and unnatural angles of movement should be made when exercising or working out.

To help you keep on the straight and narrow, study proper form for the physical activities you like to perform. Whether you’re just jogging on a treadmill, or doing a shoulder press, there is a right and a wrong way to do things. As a general rule of thumb, make straight-line movements and if it helps, maintain a slow steady pace. Rushing things only misaligns your body more.

Sleeping and neck health

Something so simple as sleeping can’t hurt you can it? Well, yes it can actually. Have you ever woken up with a stiff neck? A pressure in your upper back that feels like it’s between your shoulder blades? This is because your neck was under a slow but consistent pressure while you were sleeping. Pillow height is so important to keep your neck and head in alignment at night. Too high or too low, and you risk trapping a nerve or grinding your neck vertebrae. It’s best to find a memory foam pillow which sinks and moulds around your neck and head.

The more your body is in alignment, the stronger and healthier you will be. When you make movements in sports, exercise or weightlifting, make sure they are purely in a straight line. If your wisdom molars are erupting sideways, it’s because your jawline cannot fit them properly. Have them safely removed before they cause further damage.

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