Kathryn C. Riley, DC
Chiropractor located in Mountain View, CA
Kathryn C. Riley, D.C. provides a variety of chiropractic services to patients living in Silicon Valley, CA and around the Bay Area. Dr. Riley offers unique, scientifically- and mathematically-proven spinal alignment techniques that safely and effectively realign the bones of the spine.
Spinal Alignment Q & A
What is Spinal Alignment?
Spinal alignment refers to how the head, shoulders, spine, pelvis, knees and ankles line up with each other. The alignment of the spine affects body mechanics, which is the way the head, shoulders, arms, back, hips and legs work together to help the body sit, stand, walk, bend, jump and move.
The spine is made of small bones stacked upon one another somewhat like a deck of cards. These bones, known as vertebrae, allow you to bend, twist and move freely when properly aligned.
If you were to view a properly aligned spine from the front or back, you would see a straight line from top to bottom. When you look at it from the side, you should see an “S” shape formed by three natural curves. These curves provide a more even distribution of body weight, which helps the spine withstand stress. Proper spinal alignment provides immense flexibility and stability to help you move freely and without pain.
Why is Spinal Alignment Important?
Never fibers run from the spinal cord through tiny holes in the vertebrae then out to the rest of the body. When the back is in proper alignment, the nerves carry messages back and forth from the brain to limbs, organs and body tissue. These nerves affect every part of your body. In an improperly aligned spine, misplaced vertebrae press against the nerve. This abnormal stress causes the nerve to malfunction, causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and other problems.
Proper spinal alignment also puts less stress on the spine, improves posture and helps you move without pain. Improper alignment can cause pain and dysfunction that prevents you from working, going to school or taking care of your family.
What is the Treatment for Spinal Alignment?
Chiropractors use a variety of treatments to realign spines, including:
- Spinal adjustments
- Spinal exercises
If you have questions regarding your specific plan, please call our office.
Words from our patients
"Dr Riley has been my Dr. For 11 years now. With a L5 S1 situation, she has helped me stay the competitive kid that I am today!"
"I'm so grateful to have Dr. Riley in my life not only because she is a fantastic chiropractor but also how kind and understanding she is."
"I started seeing Dr. Riley nearly two years ago. I had regular visits and saw a major improvement in my life-long scoliosis."
"Dr. Riley came to my work for a health fair and explained how she can help. In about 3 months I could stop taking pain medication."