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Forces that Subluxate

Physical forces are the most easily understood and most well known.

  • falls, car accidents, other traumas are the most common
  • contact sports, too much exercise, too little exercise
  • twists, lifting, jolts, etc.

The forces of these traumas will overcome the stabilizing work of muscles, ligaments and the natural tendency of the spine to remain in its proper position.

Another physical trauma, which is not easily understood is subliminal, constant trauma.  The constant physical stress to which the body is daily subjected, which usually are imperceptible.

  • sitting or standing too long
  • the mail carrier who walks eight hours a day with a bag of heavy mail on one shoulder
  • sitting at a computer all day with your head bent forward
  • bending over an automobile engine, sitting in a cab or truck all day
  • cutting hair
  • swinging a hammer all day, or using a paintbrush all day
  • some sports such as golf, tennis, racquetball and other "one-armed" activities as well as common, everyday occurrences (sitting the same way, kids wearing heavy back-packs, carrying your purse on the same shoulder, etc)

Most occupations today and even most sports involve one or two repetitive activities.  These can lead to vertebral subluxations if the body does not have the capacity to adapt.

Chemical Forces. The chemicals (poisons) that we put into our bodies affect every tissue and cell in our body including our nerve system and muscles.  The food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe are all laden with chemical substances.  It is an accepted fact that a chemical can affect the tone of muscles.  Remember that the alignment of the spinal segments is dependent upon muscle tone.  Lack of calcium, for example, can cause muscle spasm.  Other examples:

  • building up of lactic acid (by product from muscle exertion)
  • drugs - recreational and prescription
  • air pollution
  • chemicals in tap water, coffee, sodas
  • pesticides in our soil, in fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.
  • preservatives, additives in packaged and processed foods

The body has a delicately balanced chemistry.  Anything that upsets this chemistry can upset muscle tone and cause a subluxation.

The causes of a chemical imbalance in the body that can cause subluxation are numerous.  Even if chemicals are taken into the body in small quantities, they will do damage even though not perceived or noticed.  The damaging effects of these chemicals may be cumulative, that is, they may build up.  While it is true that the body has the ability to eliminate some of the poisons, the body is limited in that ability and damage must occur.  Reflex mechanisms in the nerve system can cause muscles to contract and can lead to a subluxation.

Emotional Forces.  Our society's lifestyle has caused the emotional factor to be one of the most important factors causing subluxations today.  We live in a fast-paced, tension-filled society.  If you have ever been in a tense or emotional situation, you can remember how the muscles in the back of your neck and across your shoulders tightened.  This muscle tension can cause a vertebra to subluxate.  Emotional problems and conditions will also affect our delicate body chemistry which will in turn affect our spines.  Other examples:

  • job related stresses
  • family stress
  • relationships
  • finances
  • commuting to work
  • not enough free time
  • out of balance

Each of the above three external forces can cause subluxation.  But the real danger is that they have a cumulative effect upon the body and cause subluxations without the individual realizing that they are factors in decreasing their health.

Most subluxations are caused by some combination of the three.  A slight physical trauma, which would ordinarily not cause a subluxation, does so because of muscle tension due to emotional factors.  Normal stress and strain of daily life may cause muscles that are full of toxins and chemicals to allow subluxations to occur.  With all the stress, physical traumas, and emotional tension as well as the poisons are bodies are subjected to each day, it's not difficult to see how the spine can become subluxated.

Regular chiropractic care is essential for optimum health.  A properly functioning nerve system enables the body to reach its full health potential in restoring and maintaining health as well as enhancing other areas of life such as job performance, schooling, and athletics.

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