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What are misalignments and what causes them?

The spine is made up of individual bones called vertebrae. These bones are joined by ligaments which are fairly inelastic but allow a certain range of movement of the vertebral joints. The spine provides the framework for muscles which are attached by tendons. These muscles work in pairs, one flexing the joint and the other lengthening to create movement. However, if a muscle goes into spasm (usually close to the tendon) it will shorten which puts pressure along the tendon and restricts the movement of the attached bone causing a misalignment. The associated muscle will have to compensate for this and lengthen putting strain on both sides of the joint which is why it is often associated with pain and stiffness.

The spine also encases the spinal cord which sends the information from the brain to all the organs in the body including the muscles. This is achieved via peripheral nerves which exit between the vertebral joints. Misalignments can cause narrowing of the gaps which can interfere with the nerve impulses reaching the body effectively and can have an affect on bodily functions as well as co-ordination and movement. For optimum health and performance it is vital that bones are moving freely and the joints are within their natural range of movement.


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