Vertebral Subluxations
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Vertebral Subluxations

Vertebral Subluxation FAQs


What is a vertebral subluxation?

Simply put, a vertebral subluxation is a situation in which a spinal bone has become misaligned, affecting nearby nerves, compromising their ability to faithfully transmit nerve messages to and from the brain.

How can someone know if they have a vertebral subluxation?

Like the early forms of tooth decay, you can have vertebral subluxations without obvious signs or symptoms until they are well advanced. So the only way to know for sure is to see a chiropractor and receive a thorough examination.

How do you get vertebral subluxations?

Vertebral subluxation causesVertebral subluxations are one of the ways in which your body attempts to accommodate physical, chemical or emotional stress. It is a defensive posture that is assumed when faced with an overload of stress.

Physical stressors that can produce vertebral subluxations include things like being born, improper lifting, learning to walk, falling down stairs, raking and sweeping, car accidents, sitting on a wallet, airplane seats, painting the ceiling, high heeled shoes, roller coaster rides, back surgery, an old mattress and a bad pillow.

Chemical stressors could include drugs, pollution, junk food, muscle relaxers, cigarette smoke, spoiled food, paint fumes, vaccinations, anesthesia, sleeping pills, preservatives, allergens, too much coffee, alcohol and pain medication.

Emotional stressors that can produce vertebral subluxations might include anger, bad news, watching the news, selling the house, deadlines, feeling rushed, frustration, the holidays, paying the bills, being late, getting a ticket, going to the dentist, arguing and public speaking.
Can vertebral subluxations clear up on their own?

Yes. We are constantly exposed to vertebral subluxation-producing stressors, which our bodies are able to successfully resolve through exercise or while sleeping. When they don’t resolve on their own, you need the professional help of a chiropractor.

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