As you lift your young children or play with them on the floor, you are at significant risk for neck and back pain. You’re not as young as you used to be, but we can help your body to feel younger by improving your health and wellness. By improving your spinal alignment, you’ll be able to play with your children without pain, sleep better through the night, and have an improved attitude toward your favorite people in the world.

Where Do My Back Pains Come From?

Movements made while having a misaligned spine can often cause injuries. Bending over while the spine is improperly positioned causes certain back muscles to try to keep the spine in alignment. At the same time, other muscles will be forcing the spine into further misalignment.

If, however, your spine is properly aligned the forces will work together to maintain proper positions of the spine and muscles. This alignment reduces chances for back and neck injury as well as cutting down on the energy involved in completing a given task. Consequently, body movements will be easier, range of motion will increase, and energy levels will be more balanced throughout the day.

How Do I Know I Have Spinal Misalignment?

A basic test for a misaligned spine can be done at home in front of the mirror. While looking at your body, try to determine whether your waist and hips are horizontally balanced.

A subluxated spine is shown on the left. The right side shows someone whose spine has been corrected. Notice the postural changes.

Easy home tests for a misaligned spine include:

  • Look at your shoes – Is the wear-pattern the same from one shoe to the other?
  • Look at your eyes – Are they level when looking in a mirror?
  • Look at your waist – Are your hips even in the mirror? Does your waist look the same on both sides?

If you find that any or all of these are uneven or asymmetrical, your spine may be misaligned.

How Do I Get Back To Feeling Better?

Dr. Andrea Pritchett with the Vital Life Wellness Center is an authority in NUCCA chiropractic. With good chiropractic care, chronic neck and back pain will be a thing of the past. Call (925) 829-7900 to set up a free consultation and get back on the road to the health and wellness you deserve. Get back to loving your job as a parent. Get your life back.


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at