“Look-in-the-Mirror” Quiz, Just 5 Quick Questions!
All you have to do is stand in front of the mirror and take a quick look.
1) Face the mirror and let your hands hang naturally. Is one hand closer to the mirror? Are your shirt sleeves even? If not, your pelvis or your spine may have a twist—even a small one. But don’t worry, we’ve seen it many times and have proven strategies to help you. By the way, Pilates and yoga won’t fix it.
2) Now look toward your feet. Does one pant leg hang lower? You may have a short leg from an old ankle injury or a flat foot which can throw off your back, neck and shoulder. There are a number of proven, pain-free techniques and overlooked solutions it’s important you know about.
3) Look at the top of each shoulder. Are they level with each other? No? Then a neck muscle may be pulling unevenly on your spine. It can be simple and straightforward to correct but you SHOULDN’T ignore it.
4) Put your thumbs on top of your hips. Are they even? If not, several vertebra may be rotated in your lower back. Good thing Active ChiroCare has helped thousands of spines like this!
5) OK, twist at the waist as far as you can toward the mirror—and without moving your feet. Notice how far you go. Now turn the other way. Is it the same? If not, you could have a shortened core stabilizer muscle. It takes very specific stretches and adjustments to unwind you, but it’s usually not too hard.
BONUS QUESTION: You don’t need the mirror for this one but a partner may help. Just stand in your stocking feet and feel under the arch of each foot. Are they about the same? Can you slide a pinky in a little way? If yes, good. If not, not so good because this is your foundation. Most people don’t realize their FEET can be the whole reason for back pain.
If you answered “YES” to any one of the above questions, you really SHOULD have your back checked out immediately— and it doesn’t even have to be at our office. Just make sure it’s someone who will get down to WHY you’re having pain, knows how to find the hidden reasons—and of course, who treats you with respect and not like a number.
– Dr. Leif Olson, Dr. Robert Lane, Dr. Tamara Lopour