What causes subluxation to occur??


A question I get asked a lot…

First of all what is a subluxation?? 

In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.

How does this affect you? Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly.

It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.

So again? What causes these subluxations to occur… it’s really simple actually… it’s stress! Physical, chemical and emotional stress. 

Chemical Stress

Chemical stress refers to an imbalance of chemicals in the body, which in turn affects the body’s ability to function efficiently. The main causes of chemical stress are either internal (diet, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, unnecessary prescription or over the counter medication) or external (environmental pollution, toxic chemicals in cleaning products, etc…). All of which have an effect on your spine and nervous system. 
Emotional Stress

Emotional stress is a little more self explanatory and unfortunately considered by many as a normal state of being. Work, family, relationships and city life can all be significant sources of stress which in turn can have an enormous effect on our body’s ability to function well.
Physical Stress

Physical stress is not always something drastic such as an injury or strain. One of the most damaging things to our bodies can be sitting down for long periods of time. Prolonged sitting can gradually alter the muscles in your back, resulting in misalignment of your spine and therefore disruption to your central nervous system.
Other physical stressors include repetitive lifting and bending, a full time athletic schedule or family related lifting, bending and chasing little ones.

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Pic2Dr. Nicole Davis graduated from Logan University with not only her Doctorate in Chiropractic but her Bachelors in Life Sciences. After working with hundreds of clients a week in a busy Ohio Chiropractic clinic, she decided to head home to Des Moines to be closer to her family. She currently specializes in family wellness care with advanced training in pediatric and pregnancy care, working alongside 2 other doctors in the only Wellness Center in Iowa to offer Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Specialized Pediatric and Pregnancy Care as well as Functional Medicine. She loves spending time with family, friends and her dog, Maci. She is here to serve her community with love, support and enthusiasm.

Turmeric: What’s All the Hype About?

As I’m sure most of you know, turmeric is a spice and it is actually what gives curry its yellow color. But did you know that it has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties? The main active ingredient in turmeric that gives it its many health benefits is curcumin.

So what are some of turmeric’s health benefits?

  • It helps fight chronic pain and inflammation: Curcumin is one of the strongest anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agents in the world. It actually fights inflammation at the molecular level. It is believed that chronic inflammation plays a major role in many of our nation’s most common diseases.
  • It helps with arthritis: Because arthritis is inflammation of a joint, curcumin is highly effective at helping people manage arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis (RA), by reducing the amount of inflammatory markers.
  • It can help treat depression: There was a controlled trial done that took 60 patients diagnosed with depression. It showed that curcumin was as effective in treating the symptoms of depression as Prozac.
  • It can help with diabetes: It has been shown to lower blood glucose levels and reverse insulin resistance.
  • It could help prevent cancer: Cancer is characterized by the uncontrollable growth of cells. Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps may even be used to help treat cancer one day.
  • It helps your skin look healthy and allow you to age gracefully: Turmeric reduces redness or other skin irritations, it is an antibacterial (so it’s amazing for blemishes, acne and skin balance), it’s full of antioxidants and is a natural exfoliator.
  • It’s great for brain health and memory: Taking turmeric can improve the oxygen intake of the brain, which is needed for all of the brain’s normal functions and processes. Turmeric allows the brain to heal and increases memory function. When your brain is functioning at its best, it actually increases the uptake of hormones, like serotonin and melatonin. So, by healing the basic functioning of the brain, you may also be able to heal other mental illnesses.
  • It helps prevent and fight heart disease: It improves the function of the endothelium (the lining of the blood vessels). Damage to the endothelium can cause issues regulating blood pressure, blood clotting or other factors. As I mentioned above, turmeric can help fight inflammation which is also a contributing factor to heart disease.
  • It evens helps treating autoimmune diseases.

These are just a few of the amazing health benefits of turmeric!

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If you are currently on any medications, like anti-coagulants or anti-inflammatory drugs, I would make sure there won’t be any drug interactions. We prescribe turmeric (we carry Turmero – a liquid concentrated form of turmeric) to a lot of our patients here in the office, and a lot of us take it as a daily supplement.

Why not take something natural to help treat or prevent disease?

Dr. Jess


2Dr. Jessica Stensland is a busy family wellness Chiropractor in Urbandale, Iowa. She spends her weeks taking care of dozens of families.  Not only does Dr. Jessica specialize in pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic care, but she’s a board certified Acupuncturist.  Dr. Jessica believes that a healthier community means taking care of all ages.   She is a Minnesota native and enjoys seeing family and friends in her free time, in addition to staying active and reading the many books she has on her kindle.