Vertebral Subluxation – What are the causes?
Subluxations (spinal and nervous system dysfunction) can be caused by stressors (or forces) that your body cannot adapt to including:
Physical (both macro and micro-traumas) such as the birth process, learning to walk, car accidents, poor posture (school, work, home), sports injuries, lifting children, prolonged sitting or standing, repetitive activities etc.
Chemical factors including neurotoxins, excessive alcohol, tobacco, sugar, artificial sweeteners, food colouring, caffeine, MSG, biochemical constituents of foods (eg. grain-fed red meat, hydrogenated fats), environmental toxins (eg. mercury and other heavy metals), lack of proper nutrients (such as essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, protein), endocrine changes (for example increased relaxin and estrogen levels in pregnancy).
Emotional tensions like chronic stress, family conflict, grief, anxiety, depression etc. These tensions subconsciously influence our posture and neurological tone.
One or a combination of these factors can result in alterations to joint function and neurological integration. Physical causes are the most obvious, but not necessarily the most common.
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