What causes a subluxation?

First off, what is a subluxation? So glad you asked, a subluxation is an area in the spine that is out of place and stuck enough to cause nerve damage. As Chiropractors we are trained to locate and correct subluxations to enhance the function of the body and the nervous system.

The question I always get asked without fail is, what causes these to happen??

And the answer is simple really; physical, chemical and emotional stress. Now there are 2 categories for each stressor- positive and negative- and if your negative stressors outnumber your positive stressors you will likely have subluxations in the body that need to be corrected.

Negative physical stressors may include sitting all day at a desk, being involved in a motor vehicle accident, child labor and delivery, working in construction or any physically demanding job, lack of exercise with excessive sitting and many more. Positive physical stressors would include things like massage therapy, daily exercise and movement, yoga, getting adjusted, stretching, etc.

Negative chemical stressors may include dehydration, consuming a lot of processed foods and sugar, alcohol, drugs, nicotine and caffeine. Positive chemical stressors would include drinking plenty of water, eating whole foods containing nutrients and vitamins and taking supplements.

Negative emotional stressors can be things like hating your job, being in a bad relationship or marriage, losing someone, lack of selfcare, financial stress, family problems- there are a lot of things that can cause someone to feel emotionally stressed and in this category it can be different for each person based on their values and beliefs. Positive emotion stressors can include feeling and being loved, meditation, brain tapping, acupuncture (can serve in physical and chemical areas too), taking care of yourself, basically it’s doing anything that makes you feel good. Meditation and brain tapping are excellent ways to physically take your body and nervous system out of a high stress flight or fight state and put you into a more rest and digest state.

I hope this is helpful and you can find a few things in your life that you can change to help increase your health and wellbeing! Whether its to add some more positive stressors into your life or remove some of the negative ones you have 😊

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