Have you heard this seemingly complicated term: subluxation? Subluxations are misalignments in one or more of your vertebrae that cause nerve interference. Treating them is one of the foremost goals of chiropractic care. Dr. Jason Brim, D.C., Chiropractic Director at Chiro One Wellness Centers of South Elgin , shares some lesser known causes of subluxations and why ongoing chiropractic care is crucial to generate self-healing and overall health and wellness.

“Subluxations interfere with the information your brain sends through the spinal cord and nerves to every single cell, tissue and organ in the body,” says Dr. Jason. “And the body is unable to function at 100 percent.”

Treating Subluxations

The Three Ts

Dr. Jason says that subluxations can occur at any age and the main causes are considered the “Three Ts”: trauma, toxins and thoughts.

“Trauma is the most well-known and easiest to understand as this often causes subluxation solely by sheer force,” says Dr. Jason. Most people only think of major traumas like car accidents or falls, but your body experiences micro traumas every day—and these may surprise you. Behaviors or habits can cause subluxation—like continuously carrying a purse or bag on the same side of your body, wearing high heels, sleeping on your stomach, crossing your legs or looking down at a computer monitor for long periods of time.

Toxins, as a cause of subluxation, may not be as obvious. Think of your body as one big conglomerate of chemicals—when the body is healthy and balanced chemically, it’s in a state of homeostasis. Depending on the toxic chemicals you take in through food, drink and your environment, your body’s homeostasis can be disrupted and become imbalanced. Toxins can get into the body in many ways: through processed and GMO foods, air pollution, chemicals in your cleaning supplies and even the water you’re drinking—and the plastic bottle it came in. “These imbalances can cause muscle contraction or change fiber length in the muscles,” he explains. “And these changes in muscle tone can cause a subluxation or subluxations.”

Dr. Jason says the third “T,” thoughts (a.k.a. stress), is the number one cause of subluxations. Forbes recently reported that 83 percent of working adults in the United States say they are stressed about their job. Think about it: you can be lying on a sandy beach somewhere, but can feel completely stressed if you start thinking about the work and problems you have back at home. “When you are stressed, the muscles in your neck and upper back become tight. You may even unconsciously rub your shoulders or neck,” he says. “This tension can cause subluxation, plus these emotional stressors can also cause a chemical imbalance.”

Treating Subluxations

According to Dr. Jason, chiropractic care is the only way to treat subluxations. And this doesn’t mean a one-time visit to a chiropractor, but ongoing treatment. Your chiropractor will locate, analyze and correct subluxations and work with you on the causes.”

“Committing to chiropractic care is a lifestyle choice—just like exercising and eating well,” says Dr. Jason. “It’s impossible to eliminate all the micro traumas, toxins and stress in daily life, but choosing chiropractic as a preventative and proactive measure is vital to your path to optimal health.”

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