9445 Farnham Street Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92123

Tips for Healthier Living

Understanding the Causes of Subluxation

Posted by Dominick Rich on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Causes of Subluxation

Want to know what you can do outside the office to hold your adjustment longer and keep the stress off your nervous system? First, you have to understand the causes of Subluxation. We refer to the causes of Subluxation as the 3T’s:  Thoughts, Traumas and Toxins.  In the office, we often refer to them as Emotional, Physical and Chemical stress. It’s no wonder subluxations are so prevalent – we are bombarded by multiple sources of stress on a daily basis. From sleeping in a weird position, slouching in our chairs, eating bad foods, anxiety over a deadline or test, stress from traffic, breathing in pollutants, a fight with our significant other… you get the idea.

- Toxins, as a cause of subluxation, may not be as obvious. Think of your body as one     big conglomerate of chemicals—when the body is healthy and balanced chemically, it's in a state of homeostasis. Depending on the toxic chemicals you take in through food, drink and your environment, your body's homeostasis can be disrupted and become imbalanced. Toxins     overwhelm your nervous system beyond it ability to adapt and can cause you to subluxate. Toxins can get into the body in many ways: through processed and GMO foods, air pollution, chemicals in your cleaning supplies and even the water you're drinking—and the plastic bottle it came in.         

- Trauma is the most well-known and easiest to understand as this often causes subluxation solely by sheer force. Most people only think of major traumas like car accidents or falls, but your body experiences micro traumas every day—and these may surprise you. Behaviors or habits can cause subluxation—like continuously carrying a purse or bag on the same side of your body, sleeping on your stomach, sleeping with a pillow that is too big or too flat for you, crossing your legs or looking down at a computer monitor for long periods of time.

- Thoughts (a.k.a. stress), are the number one cause of subluxations. We see it time and time again, when practice members have a flare ups, it’s usually during a more stressful time in their life. We have a tax accountant that comes to us for wellness care, and during tax season the stress gets to him. He notices he gets through tax season more smoothly when he gets adjusted weekly. During the rest of the year, he hold his adjustment well enough that we check him monthly. Forbes recently reported that 83 percent of working adults in the United States say they are stressed about their job.  We all have stress in our lives. The key is how you adapt to the stress.  For this reason, we will be holding a meditation workshop. Talk to Dominick if you are interested in attending.

Working at a Desk

Posted by Dr. Dawn Bortoluzzi B.Sc, D.C. on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Make sure that you are getting up every 20 minutes to stretch. The type of chair you have is extremely important. It should fit you correctly so that your back touches the chair and your feet are on the floor with knees at a 90 degree angle. Try to avoid looking down at your computer screen. It should be at eye level.

Talking On The Telephone

Posted by Dr. Dawn Bortoluzzi B.Sc, D.C. on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

If you're forced to use the telephone for a long period of time, a speaker or a headset is a must. By all means try to avoid cradling the phone between your neck and your shoulder as this could cause you to damage the muscles or vertebrae in that area.


Posted by Dr. Dawn Bortoluzzi B.Sc, D.C. on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Posture. Posture. Posture. Make sure that you keep your chin up and don't slouch. If you know that you are going to be standing for a long period of time, make sure that you wear comfortable shoes.