There are many factors that can contribute to the misalignment of the spinal cord. From birth defects, genetic predisposition, disease and illness or injuries and other external factors. Each can cause significant pain and discomfort.
A misalignment of the spinal cord may be as a result of a herniated disc, degenerative bone or spinal cord disorders, poor posture, obesity as well as strain or stress on the vertebrae and discs. One of the most common causes of spinal cord misalignment is due to extensive travel.
This is normally as a result of a combination of stress and strain on the spinal cord as well as posture problems. Obesity, degenerative disorder as well as previous injuries and birth defects may be exacerbated by travel.
The main reason that travel can cause spinal misalignment is due to long periods sitting in the same position. This can cause pressure on the discs, causing them to deteriorate, affecting the nerves in the spinal cord.
The discs in the spinal cord act as cushions or a shock absorber. Once the discs start to deteriorate, the spinal cord can become misaligned resulting in trapped nerves and the vertebrae rubbing together which can also cause significant discomfort. This is referred to as compression of the spine.
Once this degenerative process begins, there are few treatment options available other than surgery to replace the discs and realign the spinal cord. Other treatments like physical therapy or realignment of the spine from a chiropractor can provide temporary relief from pain and discomfort but will not resolve the problem.
It is highly recommended for individuals who spend extended periods of time traveling to take measures to prevent spinal compression and misalignment of the spinal cord.
– Regular rest stops to stretch and exercise will take the pressure, strain and stress off the spinal cord.
– Use cushions or other items to ensure that the back and neck are properly supported during travel.
– Wear a back brace that will keep the spine upright and prevent compression and bad posture while travelling.
It is important to note that all types of travel can result in spinal misalignment. Whether driving, flying or commuting via train, sitting for long periods may have mild to severe consequences for the spine. In some cases, travelling regularly rather than for extended periods may also impact the spinal cord.
If you do travel regularly and notice pain in your back, especially the lumbar (lower back) region or neck, this could be a sign of spinal misalignment. It is essential to consult a medical specialist for a diagnosis and treatment plan to realign the spinal cord and prevent any further deterioration that could result in the need for surgery.
Pain in other parts of the body could also be a symptom of spinal cord misalignment. This is called referred pain and may be noticed in the knees, hips and shoulders due to nerves becoming trapped between vertebrae when the discs are no longer able to fulfill their function.