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What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation is a simply a bone that has shifted out of its normal position, and is stuck in that position. It’s not considered a full dislocation, in which the bone would be completely out of socket or joint, but instead would be a smaller version of that. That’s why it’s called subluxation. The problem with subluxations, especially in the spine, is that over time they can cause nerve damage and cartilage degeneration. This damage can become permanent if they are not corrected.

How do Subluxations affect my health?

Our body is made up of cells and organs. These are controlled and operated by the nerves in our body. If the nervous system is altered in our bodies, then the signals cannot properly transmit to these structures. This is a big problem, because eventually the organs won’t work very well. The body then becomes weak and is susceptible to disease, poor health, and structural breakdown. Subluxations in the spine cause disruption to the nervous system because the spinal cord is inside the bones of the spine-the vertebrae. Sometimes we call this a pinched nerve. To have healthy nerves, it’s of utmost importance to keep our spinal vertebrae in proper alignment

Vertebral Subluxation Chart

This chart shows where some of our nerves go within the body and problems we can have if we are subluxated. 

How do Subluxations Happen?

The stresses & strains of everyday life such as desk work, lifting, housework, gardening or even sleeping, can cause spinal DISTORTION. In addition, falls, accidents (especially car accidents), sports, and injuries can lead to spinal problems. Infants can be subluxated in their spines right at birth just by way of the physical stress of the birthing process.

What are Some Warning Signs of Subluxations? 

Symptoms such as headaches, neck pain/stiffness, pain in your shoulders, arms or legs, back pain, and numbness or tingling in your hands or feet are some of the most common signs of subluxations. But just like a tooth cavity, most people will have a subluxation long before they notice any symptoms.

How are Subluxations Corrected?

Your chiropractor will correct subluxations with precise and specific adjustments to your spine. If the subluxations have been present a short time you may need only a few adjustments. However, long-term, chronic subluxations will require more frequent adjustments to fix and realign the problem areas of the spine to hold the vertebrae in their normal, healthy positions, similar to braces on the teeth realigning them. As subluxations are corrected, your nerve system starts to function properly and your body heals itself.

How can I Avoid Subluxations?

The first step is to have a corrected spine. Once this is achieved it must be maintained for life! Would you stop maintaining your teeth? How about your eyes? DON’T NEGLECT YOUR SPINE!

If you want to keep subluxations from recurring, or new ones from developing, it is best to have periodic adjustments. Combined with a sensible diet and moderate exercise, chiropractic care can help you enjoy only the best of health for the rest of your life.

The Nervous System

The brain stem & spinal cord are the primary pathways for nerve impulses to and from the brain. Messages back and forth through these nerves control the health and function of virtually every other cell, organ, tissue, and system of the body.

Nerve tissue is so very important as it is protected by bone. The brain is encased by the skull, and the spinal cord is covered by 24 moving bones of the spinal column.

Many everyday things can cause these bones to lose their normal motion or position. This sets off a chain reaction affecting spinal bones, nerves, soft tissues, muscles, and results in degenerative changes throughout the body. Doctors of Chiropractic refer to this as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

Poor Ergonomics

Throughout the body, degenerative changes can be seen in other organs & systems. Many health conditions not normally considered related to ‘back problems,’ can often be traced back to the nerve system impairment by the spine.

While often seen in the aged human, this degenerative condition is not part of the normal aging process. This type of spinal decay is the result of spinal problems which have been ignored or neglected for many years. If your spinal joints are not moving properly, degeneration of your spine and your overall health will be the result.