AUSTIN, Texas — If you’re worried about spinning your spine, don’t worry too much, said Mike Stadler, a chiropractor and professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
You can fix the issue, said Stadlers, who’s also a chiropractic assistant professor.
What’s really important is that you get the proper alignment, he said.
If your spine is bent and you’re not able to do that alignment, then it could be a problem with your spinal cord, Stadles told The Associated Press.
In the United States, more than 2.3 million Americans have chronic back pain, and nearly 40 percent of those with chronic pain are unable to maintain a stable spinal position, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Spinning your spine and correcting spine tilt can help alleviate pain and promote a more optimal spine, said Dr. Stephen Waddell, chairman of the department of chiropractics at UTMB and the owner of Waddells Orthopaedic Clinic in Houston.
If you are spinning your pelvis, you need to be very careful not to rotate the spine too much because that can create stress on the vertebrae, Waddels said.
And if you rotate too much and don’t rotate it right, it can cause problems in your neck.
Spinners should be very aware that they have to spin their spine, he added.
Spine tilting is a symptom of many conditions and it may not always be visible, Wadels said, adding that some people may experience back pain that is not due to the condition.
Spending time in a chair can also help correct the spine tilt.
If the pain is persistent, Dr. David C. Miller, director of the chiropractors’ rehabilitation program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said it’s a good idea to see a chiroprictist to work on correcting the tilt.