Subluxations and Chiropractic
What is a Subluxation? “A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.” In simpler terms, Subluxations are when one or more of the bones of your spine move out of the correct position. This causes pressure on or irritation to the spinal nerves. The spinal nerves are nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your vertebrae. When there is pressure irritation placed on the nerves, it causes the nerves to malfunction and block signals traveling over the nerves.
What causes a Subluxation? There are tons of reasons you may be suffering from a Subluxation. Physical causes of Subluxations can include slips, falls, repetitive motions, accidents, improper lifting and bad posture sleeping. Chemical such as drugs, alcohol, pollution and poor diet can also play a role in Subluxations. Another common reason people suffer from Subluxations is due to emotion stress. Emotions such as stress, anger, fear, grief and other common negative emotions can damage the immune system making way for Subluxations to occur. When the body endures a certain amount of physical, emotional or chemical stress, the muscles may respond by going into a spasm. The tension from the spasm will cause the spinal bones to lock, making them lose proper motion.
How does having a subluxation affect you? Your nervous system controls and coordinates the entire function of your body! If the signals traveling through the nerves are blocked because of a subluxation, your body will not properly function at optimal ability. When people think of subluxations, they mainly associate them with neck pain, back pain and headaches. However, it is much more complex than that. When the spine and nerves become involved, you can feel the effects in tons of different areas in the body. The central nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body. Patients suffering from subluxations can experience pain, reduced range of motion, improper organ and system function and much, much more.
How can your Chiropractor help? Doctors of Chiropractic consider it a responsibility to locate Subluxations and reduce or even completely correct them. Chiropractic treatments, such as chiropractic adjustments, are specifically designed by your Doctor of Chiropractic in order to correct the vertebrae. Chiropractic care can help change the position and the motion of the spinal vertebrae in a way where they no longer interfere with neighboring nerves. Enduring a series of Chiropractic adjustments will allow the body to hold the spine, muscles, ligaments and tissues in the proper position. This will create a strong barrier keeping the stressed vertebrae away from the nerves. In fact, Doctors of Chiropractic are the only professionals out there who undergo the specified years of training to become an expert in correcting or reducing the pain of a Subluxation. In order to avoid symptoms and negative impacts of Subluxations, it is suggested to seek Chiropractic Care regularly. Regular Chiropractic treatments will help identify and correct subluxations before symptoms become worse.