Spinal Subluxation Treatment

Spinal Subluxation Can Affect Your Movement And The Nerve Impulses To The Body!

Spinal Subluxation TreatmentA spinal subluxation is often a result of trauma, illness or stress. If spinal subluxation is the diagnosis, then your chiropractor will recommend treatment to the affected areas. A spinal subluxation is like a dental cavity you may have for a long time before symptoms appear.

A spinal subluxation is not a pleasant experience for anyone. A spinal subluxation is an incomplete or partial dislocation of the spinal bones. A spinal subluxation is when one or more vertebrae are out of alignment, pinching the nerves resulting in irritation and inflammation, and eventually disease. Spinal Subluxation is a term commonly used by Chiropractors to describe an abnormally functioning spinal joint that may have adverse effects on the health of the nervous system.

Is the Spinal Subluxation a Risk Factor?

Risk factors come in a variety of distinctions, from those for cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer to those less than life-threatening but nonetheless undesirable conditions affecting the quality of a person’s life. A risk factor causes a person to be particularly vulnerable to an unwanted, unpleasant or unhealthful event. Risk factors predispose individuals to developing specific conditions. It has been suggested spinal subluxation could be considered such a risk factor. [1]

Subluxation As a Risk Factor

The following questions should be examined if the concept of subluxation as a risk factor is considered:

  1. Is subluxation of one region of the spine a risk factor for different signs and symptoms as opposed to a subluxation in another spinal area?

  2. If so, does a subluxation in one area create a different syndrome than when it occurs in a different region?

  3. Does clinical observation suggest there are different subluxation syndromes associated with different spinal areas? Read more here.

A spinal subluxation is a condition wherein a vertebra or a region of the spine has lost its proper alignment and capacity for movement in relation to its neighboring vertebrae.

Chiropractic Vertebral Subluxations: Science vs. Pseudoscience

Subluxations: Real and imaginary

An orthopedic subluxation, recognized and named as such since the days of Hippocrates, is a painful partial dislocation. Simple misalignment of a vertebra, also referred to as a “subluxation,” is commonly caused by disc degeneration, curvatures, spondylolysis, and structural abnormalities. Such a subluxation may or may not be mechanically symptomatic and can be seen on a plain x-ray image.

In the absence of pathology such as disc herniation or osteophyte formation, these common vertebral subluxations or misalignments rarely affect spinal nerves and have never been associated with organic disease. Spinal nerves supply musculoskeletal structures.

The body’s organs are supplied primarily by autonomic nerve ganglia and plexuses located outside the spinal column and by cranial and sacral nerves that pass through solid bony openings, providing overlapping nerve supply independent of any one spinal nerve that passes between two vertebrae. An orthopedic subluxation, a true vertebral misalignment, or a mechanical joint dysfunction that affects mobility in the spine is not the same as a “chiropractic subluxation” that is alleged to cause disease by interfering with nerve supply to organs. See more here.

Once the spinal subluxation is corrected through a specific and scientific chiropractic adjustment, the pressure on the nervous system is relieved and the body can begin functioning properly.

Does Spinal Manipulation Work?

Reality check: is there such a thing as a chiropractic “subluxation”?

Joint mechanics and neurology are just insanely complex, and when that complex system fails in any way, we could (and should) call it a “joint dysfunction.” Nice, safe, generic terminology. We can cram almost any kind of theory into that label — almost anything that might go wrong with spinal joints — without going too far out on a limb. There is little doubt that spinal pain often involves some kind of “joint dysfunction.”

Or maybe there is doubt: maybe the joint just feels wonky. Pain distorts body image — our mental image of our own anatomy. An odd little 2008 paper demonstrated that people with back pain think their vertebrae are deviated to the painful side.11 Simple as it is, this phenomenon may be potent and persuasive. It could be a major reason for the belief in out-of-place vertebrae.

Chiropractic Care: Spinal Subluxation

A spinal subluxation is an area of the spine in which the position or movement of the vertebrae is not optimal. The effects of spinal subluxation are often gradual and slowly eat away at your well-being in tiny increments. Spinal subluxation can cause a myriad of problems, so stop them before they start, through regular chiropractic care.

If a spinal subluxation is adjusted without addressing related soft tissue problems, you may still experience pain. A spinal subluxation can sometimes impinge on spinal nerve roots, causing symptoms in the areas served by those roots. Patients who are seeking relief from spinal subluxation can walk into Chiropractor, a consultation, evaluation, and treatment call us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.