What is vertebral subluxation?
At one point or another, we all experience the effects of vertebral subluxation. Subluxation of the spine is when vertebrae are moved out of their proper position and create pressure on the spine and nervous system. Our nervous systems stem from our brains and run down our backs, protected only by our spines. When misaligned vertebrae begin creating pressure on nerves they can cause irritation and them to malfunction by intercepting messages from the brain to the rest of the body.
Main Causes (The 3T’s)
There are three main causes for vertebrae subluxation, commonly referred to as the 3T’s they include: traumas, toxins and thoughts.
Physical traumas do not necessarily refer to impact injuries; we actually expose ourselves to micro traumas on a daily basis. Any repetitive motion that may place strain to one side of our body over the other can cause subluxation. Similarly, keeping our bodies in awkward, strenuous positions can throw our spine out of alignment.
We are constantly being exposed to toxins in our everyday lives. They can be found in polluted air, genetically modified foods and chemicals found in everyday household products.
Stress is the number one cause of subluxation. Emotional stress and tension can easily tighten up muscles and induce the release of chemicals in your body that result in subluxation.
What We Do
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, hands-on alternative health practice that uses spinal manipulation to correct the subluxation of vertebrae. A spinal adjustment is performed by the chiropractor by hand or with a special device. By placing pressure on a particular joint, vertebrae are physically moved back into alignment. The procedure is typically painless and can help relieve chronic pain. Repeatedly removing subluxations enables your body to heal itself and facilitates optimal overall health.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
People visit chiropractors to deal with a wide spectrum of health concerns. Some of the more common concerns are neck and back pain. Many people also find that proper alignment impacts their arms, wrists, shoulders, elbows, knees, feet and ankles. Frequent headaches, arthritis and injuries may also be reasons to be assessed by a professional chiropractic practitioner. Ongoing care may help promote a stronger immune system, facilitate in more restful sleep and aid in maintaining a better overall mood.
When it comes to keeping your spine aligned, prevention is key. Although vertebral subluxation is not entirely avoidable, these tips can help you maintain a healthier spine.
- Avoid bad habits: To help reduce some of the micro-traumas our bodies face daily, be aware of habitual things you may do that may negatively affect the spine. Sitting up straight, holding good posture and not overstraining our bodies are simple ways we can reduce micro-traumas. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, as it may cause strain on your neck. Physical stress on muscles due to repetitive motions may also result in inflammation and spinal distortion.
- Clean eating: Eating well helps maintain a healthier spin by reducing inflammation in the body. Avoiding foods that are genetically modified, highly processed or contain high levels or fat and sugar. These foods create an excess of toxins in our bodies and are more demanding on our digestive systems.
- Drink water: Drinking enough water and avoiding acidic beverages like coffee and alcohol helps reduce inflammation. Water also helps flush harmful toxins out of your body.
- Stay active: Muscle tone protects the spine by creating a cushion when faced with physical trauma. Working out also keeps us flexible and aids in maintaining proper alignment. Exercise also aids in the reduction of one of the major causes of subluxation: emotional stress.
- Reduce emotional stress: Avoid unnecessary stresses as they cause our muscles to tighten up and subluxate. There are tons of techniques that can help reduce stress in our everyday lives. Yoga classes, a hot bath, a creative outlet or just taking a day to relax at home are all simple ways to reduce stress.
Do you have any questions about how chiropractic care can benefit your overall wellness? Don’t be afraid to contact us at (905) 319-6606, we’d love to help!Tags: Chiropractic care, chiropractors