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5 Simple Things You Can Do At Home To Check If Your Spine Is Misaligned

5 Simple Things You Can Do At Home To Check If Your Spine Is Misaligned

Lots of people go through their lives without thinking about their posture and spine. They often experience back ache, headaches, a sore neck and back and joint pain, but they simply accept them as a part of life, or they use painkillers to reduce the pain.

This is because most people assume that spine misalignment is caused by a sudden accident or injury. This isn’t true, and gradual misalignments can cause serious health problems if they are ignored, such as Sciatica and heart and liver problems.

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1. Check The Length Of Your Legs

Normally both legs are the same length; if your legs are different lengths it could be a sign of dysfunction in the pelvis or lumbar spine. If the lumbar and sacroiliac joints are not working properly, one leg can appear up to an inch shorter than the other. This can be reversed with correction of the spinal alignment.

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2. Use Two Scales To Weigh Yourself

You can use two weighing scales to find out if the weight in your body is disturbed evenly; simply put two scales side by side and put one foot on each scale. If one scale is heavier it could mean that you have a misaligned spine.

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3. Look At Your Posture In The Mirror

One of the easiest ways to see if your spine is misaligned is to look at your posture in the mirror. Stand up against a full length mirror and make a mark where your shoulders, elbows and hips are. Step away from the mirror and see if one hip or shoulder mark is higher than the other; if it is it is likely that that your spine is misaligned (or that you weren’t standing straight enough!)

4. Check Inside Your Shoes

Have a look inside a pair of shoes that you wear regularly; is one heel worn down in the side of the shoe, rather than in the middle? This can be caused by spine misalignment, as your body compensates for the extra pressure on one side of your body by placing the pressure on your heel.

5. Move and Rotate Your Head And Back

Stand up and slowly roll your head around, followed by your back. If you find that it is difficult to move in one direction it could indicate that you have some kind of dysfunction in the spine, such as the vertebrae not being fully aligned. You can also practise rolling your head and back to keep the spine healthy, but this is not recommended if you already have a misaligned spine.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!

But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?

No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!

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When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:

1. Relax as You Meditate

A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!

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Start with a short period of time, like 5 or 10 minutes a day. You can meditate first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before you go to bed at night, or any time. The most important thing is to consciously let go of unproductive thoughts and feelings. Just let them go for those few minutes, and you may decide not to pick them back up again at all!

2. Practice Daily Affirmations

Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.

What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.

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So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.

  1. Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
  2. Use present tense (I have)
  3. Use positive messages (I am happy)
  4. Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis

Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.

Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:

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I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
My work is always given positive recognition. I augment my income constantly. I always have adequate money for everything I require. I spend my money prudently always. My work is always rewarded.

You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.

Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.

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