A subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position, which affects nerve communications between your brain and your body. Due to the stress on the body, muscles go into spasm and spinal bones lock up causing adjacent nerves to be choked or chafed. This interferes with the control and regulation of your body. Distorted nerve communications can be an underlying cause of many health problems beyond just headaches and back pain. For example, if a subluxation interferes with nerve impulses going to or from your stomach, the result can be an array of stomach problems! Since your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body, and since these nerve impulses travel through your spine, having a spine free of subluxations is essential for optimal health.
How do you get Subluxations?
There are three basic causes of subluxations: physical, emotional and chemical. Physical causes include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, and improper lifting. Emotional causes include stress, anger and fear. Chemical causes include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.
How can you detect subluxations?
Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. You can have subluxations and not even know it, that is why it's important to find out if you have any before they become more serious and more difficult to correct. Only a chiropractic examination can detect subluxations, and only chiropractic adjustments can reduce their effect to your nervous system, naturally. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of any subluxations you may have.
How can you correct a subluxation?
The primary form of care to reduce subluxations is a schedule of chiropractic adjustments. By applying a specific and precise force in the right direction and at the right time, over time, changes in the position and motion of spinal bones can be made.
Can subluxations clear up on their own?
Sometimes. Today’s hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these minor problems as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When subluxations don’t resolve, you’ll want to see a chiropractor for an adjustment!