Recurring misalignments- why do they happen? For many reasons! Today I wanted to address a couple of the primary physical reasons that joint misalignments and pain can be recurrent.
Oftentimes, when a joint misalignment is recurrent, there is ligament laxity, either in the joint area locally, or throughout the entire body. Ligaments can become loose for multiple reasons, including past injury, repetitive stress, high cortisol levels and adrenal stress, genetics, and more. Using muscle testing, we can determine if there is local ligament laxity which may be contributing to an unstable and painful joint. We can then do physical work to the ligaments, and add nutritional supplemental support (my favorite product for this is Ligaplex II by Standard Process Inc.) to re-strengthen the ligaments of the area.
If systemic (whole body) ligament laxity is present, I often choose to focus my treatment on the adrenal glands and probably high stress/cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol eats away at ligaments, particularly of the upper neck and low back/pelvis, where many people experience their pain. Getting stress levels under control, and the adrenal glands working properly again, can greatly help with these cases.
Another reason spinal misalignments can return is an inability to withstand the forces of gravity, often due to an octacosanol deficiency in the body! Octacosanol is chemically similar to vitamin E, and supports the strength and stamina of the musculoskeletal system, making it better able to support the body against gravitational and postural excess forces.
There are plenty of other reasons for recurring spinal segment issues, including related organ system dysfunction, acupuncture meridian imbalances, emotional triggers, and more. Thankfully, with our tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, we can determine which possible factor/s are in fact causing the recurring issue! More often than not, it is a combination of various factors, which we are again able to ID with muscle testing, and then apply the appropriate treatments, whether it be chiropractic adjustment, soft tissue work, reflex point work, organ system work, meridian balancing, nutritional supplementation, mind-body techniques, and our list of tools goes on.