MAIN LINE CHIROPRACTIC ANSWERS: HOW DO SPINAL MISALIGNMENTS OCCUR?

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If you have a misaligned spine, also known as a “spinal subluxation," you’re most likely experiencing nagging pain, frustration, and difficulty completing your daily activities. Many people don’t realize that spinal misalignments not only affect your neck and back, they can trigger pain throughout your entire body! The misaligned vertebrae puts pressure on the nerves in the spinal column, causing pain in other parts of the body, such as your arms, legs, or feet.

It’s scary how easily spinal misalignments can occur. Simply sitting at a computer all day can cause a misalignment, as can experiencing an on-going stressful situation. Some of these factors are simply unavoidable, which is why seeking out regular Main Line chiropractic care is a necessity for many.

What causes spinal misalignments?

There are many factors that could cause spinal subluxations, but a few of the common culprits include:

  • Injury
  • Stress
  • Sudden, jarring movement
  • Bad posture
  • Improper lifting
  • Inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Repetitive motions
  • Chemical forces (smoking, alcohol, pollution, processed foods)
You may be curious about the “chemical forces” that cause misalignments. Chemicals can affect muscle tone, upon which spinal alignment is dependent. Anything that upsets the body’s natural chemistry, such as drinking or smoking, can aggravate the nervous system, causing the muscle fibers to function abnormally and leading to misaligned vertebrae.

How does stress lead to spinal misalignments? The body's response to stress has a lot to do with this. During anxious moments, you may have noticed the muscles in your neck, shoulders, and other areas becoming tense. Over an extended period, this kind of tension can cause the vertebrae to misalign, resulting in pain that may persist long after your stress has subsided.


What can you do to prevent spinal misalignments?

There are a few ways to ward off spinal subluxations, including:

  • Practicing better posture. Take note of how you’re sitting when you’re at work, when you’re sitting down to eat, and even when you’re lounging on the couch. Stop slouching!
  • Yoga or back exercises. Even if you don’t like to work out, doing a few simple back exercises or yoga poses can make a world of difference for developing strong, healthy muscles.
  • Chiropractic care. For best results, see a Main Line chiropractor frequently. Dr. Johns of Johns Chiropractic will not only ease your pain and discomfort, she will help prevent future misalignments from occurring.
Dr. Theresa Johns is the chiropractor Main Line residents keep coming back to!

For more information about our chiropractic services and the conditions we treat, call us at: (610)-265-0220. You can find us at 499 South Henderson Road in King of Prussia, PA.

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