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Posted on 06-21-2013

What Causes Subluxations?  In A Word, STRESS

Vertebral subluxations have a great number of different causes all of which the average individual is exposed to daily. These causes can be described in terms of physical, chemical, and emotional causes.

TRAUMA-Physical causes include acute trauma to the body, repetitive motions affecting the spine, bad postural habits, improper workstation habits and design, and weak or imbalanced spinal musculature.

TOXINS-Chemical causes include poor dietary and nutritional practices, drug and alcohol use and abuse, and the ingestion of chemical toxins in the foods we eat, air we breath, and water we drink. Chemicals which are harmful to the body decrease the body's ability to function optimally and reduce the ability to successfully adapt to and withstand internal and external stresses - making us more susceptible to spinal subluxations and the consequences of these subluxations.

THOUGHTS-Emotional causes refer to environmental stress. Excessive stress or inadequate stress management skills can deplete the body of the ability to sustain normal functions. The impact of emotional stress on physical health is well documented in the medical research and can have devastating effects on the immune system, making the body susceptible to injury and disease.  A new field of medicine is emerging called Neuro-immunology, and relates the vitalistic (Life Force) to the immune response.  Abnormal neurological tone is detrimental to body function.  I refer to this as “stinkin’ thinkin’”.

Chronic patterns of abnormal stress, impacting the body over time creates abnormal physiological reaction.  The body is constantly healing.  The new science of quantum physics shows the rate of complete cellular replacement (except the central nervous system) as between 90 to 120 days.  So if your body heals with abnormal reactive physiology (function) it will heal “wrong”, which progresses in a degenerative nature.

How Are Subluxations Corrected?

Doctors of chiropractic learn a number of different chiropractic techniques and procedures to correct vertebral subluxations. Most of the procedures involve the application of a chiropractic spinal adjustment, along with various modalities such as heat/ice, electrical therapy, traction, exercise, massage, etc.  to the affected vertebral regions as needed depending on the stage of recovery.

Chiropractic adjustments involve the application of force (force is equal to pressure times speed) into the "subluxated" spinal vertebrae. The adjustment can be delivered manually through the hands as a quick controlled thrust towards the correct position, or can be applied through the use of a specialized tool which generates a high speed low pressure force.

Subluxations generally require multiple treatments or adjustments for complete normalization to occur. Similar to straightening teeth, correcting malfunctioning and mal-aligned vertebrae requires time, effort and repetition for the tissues to accept this new position as "normal". Then, as the body heals, it will heal “right”, with better adaptive physiology.

“Loosen Up, Line Up and Build Up”

There are generally three main initial stages of corrective care.  The first phase involves a “loosing up” to reduce the inflammation and most recent episode of pressure on the nerve.  Motion is lotion for your joints.  Accomplished by improving mobility of the affected area, this provides initial temporary relief, and establishes the ground work for re-alignment to occur. 

During the second re-aligning phase of care the “subluxated” vertebrae are being assisted into being in better position and motion thus becoming more stable, and are returning to a more correct mechanical position.  This generally takes 6 – 12 weeks to accomplish, but can take longer. 

The third phase of corrective care involves rehabilitation to strengthen the supportive muscles.  This phase of remodeling can take the most time, but the frequency of care is generally able to be reduced while you continue to perform the rehabilitative exercises you have learned. 

Similar to straightening teeth, the more out of alignment, or longer it has been out of alignment the longer it takes to fully rehabilitate. The longer the spine is out of alignment, the more long term muscle strain and imbalance, more likely to have progressive disc deterioration and arthritis – the longer the rehabilitation phase will take. 

The vitality phase of care is designed to continue to provide the sufficiency of food/supplementation, water, oxygen and nervous system regularity along with decreasing the toxicity of these necessities of life. It is rather obvious that toxic food or water can kill, but toxic thinking or continuing inflammation within your body, creating a toxic response to the nervous system, can as well. Provided over time, SUFFICIENCY & PURITY (decreasing toxicity) allows rejuvenation of tissues and optimum function, maximizing life. 

Described as phases of care, these are generally introduced concurrently to accelerate tissue regeneration and remodeling.  Remember it takes 3-4 months for all new cells to replicate, and your body will heal the way that it is.  Bent, it heals bent, broken – it will heal broken.  The goal is to provide continuous improvement as your BODY HEALS ITSELF, from ABOVE, DOWN and from the INSIDE, OUT. Each cycle of healing, provides you the opportunity to achieve the maximum life potential.

Research has demonstrated that chiropractic care extending beyond a two year period can actually improve the DNA matrix.  This positively impacts stem cell regeneration and promote maximum life potential.

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