A subluxation is a condition that is typically only used by chiropractors and experts in the medical field. However, when a subluxation occurs, the entire nervous system can be disrupted, which makes the condition serious.
The Definition of the Term
A vertebral subluxation is when a spinal bone becomes misaligned when compared to the bones located above it and below it. Subluxations can lead to neurological conditions due to the pressure of the adjacent nerves. Subluxations over time will lead to negative affects on the discs, bones, and surrounding tissues. If left untreated for too long this damage becomes irreversible.
Potential Effects of Spinal Bones Becoming Subluxated
When spinal bones become subluxated, they may begin to cause irritation or chafing to the surrounding tissues and delicate nerves. This is potentially damaging because the nervous system is how the brain communicates with the rest of the body. Muscles may weaken or become increasingly tight. Inflammation may occur in any of the connecting tissues. The formation of osteoarthritis, disc herniations, and/or bone spurs is also common in individuals with subluxations.
Physical Causes of Subluxations
The most common cause of subluxations are some type of physical stress. This may include slipping and falling or improperly moving heavy objects. Other physical stressors include auto accidents or repetitive motions that place stress upon the spinal bones and joints.
Emotional and Chemical Contributors
Emotional contributors to subluxation sometimes include stress, fear and anger. When these emotions are experienced, the muscles tighten, which in turn causes the spine to stiffen and the posture to suffer. Chemical inducers include alcohol, food preservatives, and drugs. The chemical components negatively affect muscle tone. Once the muscle tone is negatively affected, the spinal alignment can suffer.
Signs of a Subluxation
It is easy for individuals to have subluxations and not be aware of their condition, in other words an asymptomatic subluxation. A subluxation can be taking a toll on the body long before any warning signs appear. Thorough exams and X-ray’s can help to locate any subluxation that a patient might have.
How to Improve the Condition
By assessing each individuals’ problem, we are able to determine whether or not the issue is related to the nervous system and treat the patient accordingly. With only a possibility of mild soreness or slight aching after a treatment, chiropractic rarely causes pain or discomfort. In fact the majority of our patients enjoy their adjustments and have no side effects at all.These adjustments restore mobility in the joints and take pressure off the nervous system allowing you to function at a improved level.
All subluxations should be addressed prior to becoming symptomatic. Subluxations are a mechanical problem and require a mechanical solution. Not a chemical one! There is nothing you can take by mouth or inject in the body to correct a subluxation. Our mechanical answer is called the adjustment.