Here are some simple tests to help you determine if you or others may have possible spinal problems or have spinal nerve stress.
Proper training and experience, combined with the use of x-rays and other tools, are the way your Doctor or Chiroprator detects spinal nerve stress, but there are some simple tests you can do at home.
1. The Dual Scales Test
Stand on two bathroom scales. The weight distribution should be about the same over each foot. If it is not, that’s a good sign that your spine, hips or head are off-center.
2. Leg Length Test
One sign of spinal postural imbalance is leg length inequality, or a short leg.
Except in rare cases (an improperly healed broken bone or muscle or joint
disease), both legs are the same length. But when your skeleton is out of alignment, you give the appearance of having a short leg.
For this test you need an assistant.
Keep your shoes on, lie face down. The tester stands behind you, looks down at your feet and gently pushes the soles towards your head and compares where the heels meet the shoes.
One foot may appear shorter than the other. In extreme circumstances, you may see the difference in leg length of how your trousers fall on your shoes.
3. Foot Flare Test
This test is easy as long as you don’t unconsciously correct yourself (in other words, no cheating).
Merely look at your feet as you walk down the street.
Do they both point forwards, or does one foot appear to be facing outwards, or inward? Do both?
Foot flare may be a sign of a problem in the lower spine or hips, or could signify stress along the length of the entire spine.
4. Unbalanced Shoulders or Hips Test
Stand in front of a mirror, pick the same point on both hips and shoulders
(against a bone is a good place), and place a mark on the mirror. Then stand back and
compare the two points (connect the dots if you like). The points should be level.
In extreme circumstances you may actually see that one of your shoulders or hipbones have dropped.
5. Range of Motion.
Can you tilt and rotate your head without any pain or restrictive feeling?
How about your hips? Both sides should have the same range of motion and be pain free, without any joint-clicking noises.
6. More spinal tell tales.
Do your heels wear out unevenly?
Does it look like your head is tilted?
Does one foot kick your other pants leg or foot when you walk?
Do you veer to one side when you walk?
Do you feel off-balance?
Testing the health of your spine is important, because spinal imbalances abnormally stress bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and discs, leading to unnatural wear and tear, fatigue, and pain.
The abnormal stress irritates the nervous system, which decreases blood to the brain, lowers resistance, and alters body function, causing disease. Your movements become stiff and halting, you look older and suffer from premature aging.
Your good health depends upon becoming more “spine-aware,” to bring about maximum healing and wholeness..