What Causes Misalignments of the Spine?

By Sara Butler

When you hear your chiropractor discuss spinal misalignments with you, one of the things you are probably wondering is how on earth they happen in the first place. The answer to this is pretty simple if not a little broad – there are many different things that can cause them and many different ways in which spinal misalignments can occur. If you want to care for your spine and minimize the toll spinal misalignments can take on you and your health, then it’s important to understand how they happen in the first place.

Use the Force

You’re not a Jedi, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t subjected to the force. OK – not so much the force as a force. When forces act on your body and they are strong enough to overpower the resistance (rebel alliance?) of your muscles and ligaments, then the vertebrae in your spine can become misaligned. This may not be a misalignment that causes Death Star-like destruction at the time, but it’s something that needs to be addressed by your chiropractor nonetheless. Put you in alignment they will.

The Types of Forces

There are three types of forces you need to know about. They are:

  • Physical forces – Theses are forces that are the easiest to understand when it comes to the impact they have on your body. These kinds of forces include things such as falls, car accidents, repetitive injuries or any other type of physical trauma that can cause a misalignment.
  • Chemical forces – Chemicals impact your muscle tone, and the alignment of your spine is dependent upon your muscles to help support it. A chemical force is something that isn’t quite right with the chemistry of your body. A great example is not getting enough calcium in your diet, which  can cause muscle cramps, and that sudden muscle contraction can cause a misalignment. You have to remember that your body has a delicate chemistry, it seeks to balance; anything you introduce to it, from processed foods to cigarettes, can alter the chemistry and cause abnormal function of the central nervous system.
  • Emotional forces – Stress and choices you make in your lifestyle have a big impact on spinal misalignments too. If you’re tense from emotional upheaval then it can cause the muscles in your shoulders, neck and back to become tight, and that can lead straight to spinal misalignments.

Many times you have all three forces working on you at once, but you can combat these forces by turning to your chiropractor at The Joint for help. They can help get you back in line and make the forces working to cause upheaval to your spine have less of a chance to do damage!

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