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Q: What is a subluxation, and what causes it?

Posted February 19, 2014 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: Your brain is the control center of your body, and it communicates with everything via your nervous system. Your spine is the protector of your nervous system, specifically your spinal cord and nerves. A subluxation is when a spinal bone (vertebrae) is misaligned and puts pressure on that spinal nerve, thus interrupting the message sent from your brain to that particular organ, muscle, or tissue. This directly affects the function of that body tissue. It gets a lot deeper from a physiology standpoint, and while you may not notice a subluxation initially, over time symptoms seem to surface, whether it’s an ache or pain or a dysfunctioning organ.

Causes of a subluxation are known as the “3 T’s”.  The “3 T’s” are thoughts, traumas and toxins. Thoughts essentially consist of stress. Being stressed can increase cortisol and muscle tension. You have lots of muscles that attach to your spine, and those tight muscles can put pressure on the vertebrae. Traumas can be something major, like a motor vehicle accident or a major fall; yet most traumas tend to be micro-traumas, such as everyday things like incorrect posture, sleeping position or poor ergonomics. Toxins will tend to be toxic air we breathe or poor food choices. Food that causes a lot of inflammation throughout our body, e.g. dairy, sugar, processed foods and chemicals in food, can lead to subluxations.

Under chiropractor care, subluxations can be removed and your specific subluxation causes can be addressed in order to maximize your healthcare.

Information provided by Nicole Olson, DC, CACCP, Olson Chiropractic Health Center, 1510 S.W. Oralabor Road, Suite B, Ankeny, 289-1015.

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