A spinal segment or contiguous structure that has lost normal motion. The word “subluxation” comes from the Latin words meaning “to dislocate” (luxare) and “somewhat or slightly” (sub). A subluxation means a slight misalignment of the vertebrae (the bones of the spine). These misalignments may irritate nerve roots and the blood vessels which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae. This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue, as well as neurological imbalance in the normal body processes.
These are the 3 causes of Subluxations:
TRAUMA: Trauma, which may be acute, that is short term such as a sudden fall, auto accident, athletic injury, etc., or chronic which means long term, typically repetitive minor traumas such as keyboarding or continuous bending and lifting or sitting throughout the workday.
Toxins, which may be either internal such as too much caffeine, sugar, or chemicals from processed foods such as preservatives, dyes or flavor enhancers, or external such as air quality or chemical exposure at the workplace.
Stress is the third cause. This may be the most difficult of all since it involves both mental and emotional factors which many times are out of our immediate control.