Life is demanding, and due to the negative effects life’s demands has on the body it’s your responsibility to take care of your body to the best of your ability. 

Becoming aware of what can cause vertebral subluxation could become an information overload due to all the knowledge that’s becoming evident through the search for more clarity on the topic. In order to keep the information overload to a minimum, the following is intended for a simple understanding of what can potentially lead to or cause vertebral subluxation by looking at all the different causes or factors and lumping them into a category called stress.

The buildup of stress on our quality of life and wellbeing is real and creates much suffering and dysfunction within our body than most of us are aware of. When stress outweighs the body’s ability to adapt to it, a deviation away from wellbeing and wholeness and towards dysfunction can occur. For those who are fighting the day to day grind of stress and demands, the signs and symptoms of a long day of stress is usually evident at the end of the commute home or after a long’s week of work and the grasping for the weekend to recover and rest. This battle against the negative effects of stress on our body is directly correlated to being a factor in the cause of vertebral subluxation.

Stress is everywhere and constantly combats with our ability to function in a normal state.  Stress can overcome and breakdown our normal physiology into a state of dysfunction and disharmony without us even being aware of the effects due to the many angles and ways of negatively affecting us. Chiropractic recognizes three categories of stress that can negatively affect your body if adaptation to them is insufficient: 

  1. Physical Stress. Physical stress can be defined as external invasive forces that are outweighs the internal resistive forces of the body to be in a state of balance. These external invasive forces can be major accidents or trauma, or they can be small repetitive forces that build up over time and the repetition can be too intense for the body to adapt to. These external invasive forces can cause dysfunction on the body’s muscles, ligaments and vertebrae of the spine creating an opportunity for vertebral subluxation to occur.
  2. Chemical Stress. Chemical stress can be defined as external or internal chemicals that trigger physical reactions throughout the body, offsetting the chemical equilibrium or body chemistry balance. Chemicals within our body can be powerful agents of change physiologically. For example, hormones like adrenaline, cortisol and melatonin that influence your health and wellbeing. The body is dependent upon a state of body chemistry balance and when that balance is out of harmony, the neurological and musculoskeletal system can be affected, leading to another opportunity for vertebral subluxation to occur.
  3. Emotional Stress. Emotional stress can be defined as internal emotional tension or mental strain that can produce physical responses throughout the body offsetting the chemical equilibrium or physical state of balance. It’s been reported that emotional stress may be the most common and most influential cause of vertebral subluxation due to the fast paced world we live in. When the body’s chemical equilibrium or physical state is out of balance due to emotional tension or mental strain, it can lead to another opportunity for vertebral subluxation to occur.

Vertebral subluxation can occur in all ages and stages of life. Life is demanding no matter your age or state of wellbeing. Your responsibility to take care of your body to the best of your ability includes being aware of stress and the potential for vertebral subluxation to be negatively affecting your quality of life. In regards to your responsibility of taking care of your body and the ability to adapt to stress, there are three options: 

  1. Lower the amount of stress in our life.
  1. Increase our resistance to stress in our life.
  1. Lower the amount of stress and increase our resistance to stress in our life.

Regular chiropractic care can be one positive option to increase your resistance towards stress and strengthen your overall function of wellbeing from within. Visit ChiroWay today to find out more about how you can benefit from regular chiropractic care!

Trent Scheidecker, DC


Trent Scheidecker, DC | ChiroWay of Woodbury | Owner & Chiropractor
Trent Scheidecker, DC frequently visited his chiropractor when he was in high school and knew the benefits he experienced were worth the time and investment to become a chiropractor. He wanted to help his community experience a higher quality of life through regular chiropractic care. In 2010 Trent founded ChiroWay in Woodbury and since that time has served over 3,000 clients. He has been named “Best of Woodbury” in Woodbury Magazine seven times. Trent has also mentored colleagues in practice and franchised ChiroWay in 2012. Today, there are 8 ChiroWay locations throughout Minnesota.