The Focus of Chiropractic: Vertebral Subluxation Complex
A chiropractic vertebral subluxation complex is essentially a mis-alignment of the individual segments of the spine as they relate to the general structure. As a result, muscles go into spasm, spinal bones lock up, adjacent nerves are compressed or chafed and there may be interference with the control and regulation of your body and diminished communications between the brain and parts of your body.
These diminished or distorted nerve communications can be an underlying cause of many health problems beyond just neck pain and back pain.
Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. These nerve impulses travel through your spine. So having a spine free of subluxations is essential for optimal health.
Only a chiropractic examination can detect subluxations. And only chiropractic adjustments can reduce their effect to your nervous system, naturally.
Find out if you have subluxations before they become more serious and more difficult to correct.
You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of any subluxations you may have. Find out if you have subluxations before they become more serious and more difficult to correct.
There Are Three Basic Causes of Subluxations:
Physical trauma, such as slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, and improper lifting.
Emotional stress, such as anxiety, anger, fear, non-adaption to situations, etc.
Chemical, such as alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.
How Are Subluxations Corrected?
Doctors of chiropractic learn a number of different chiropractic techniques and procedures to correct vertebral subluxations. Most of the procedures involve the application of a chiropractic spinal adjustment to the affected vertebrae.
Chiropractic adjustments involve the application of a quick but gentle corrective force into the "subluxated" spinal vertebrae. The adjustment can be delivered manually through the hands or can be applied through the use of a specialized tool. Subluxations generally require multiple treatments or adjustments for complete normalization to occur. Similar to straightening teeth, correcting malfunctioning and malaligned vertebrae requires time for the tissues to accept this new position as "normal".
How Can I Tell If I Have A Vertebral Subluxation?
The only accurate way to determine if you suffer from subluxations is to receive a chiropractic evaluation. However, a number of signs and symptoms are commonly associated with the vertebral subluxation and include:
- neck pain, tenderness, soreness and stiffness
- back pain, tenderness, soreness and stiffness
- dizziness or balance problems
- spinal muscle spasm, tightness or weakness
- reduced spinal mobility
- pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities
- joint pain and stiffness
- low energy
- poor overall state of health
- poor tissue healing
Individuals who are not currently experiencing pain or other discomforts are not necessarily "subluxation free". As previously described, pain is a very poor indicator of disease processes, including the presence of subluxations. Subluxations are similar to cavities in that many times a significant amount of damage is present before symptoms such as pain are felt. This is why we recommend, like your dentist, that individuals seek periodic spinal evaluations to check for the presence of subluxations and other spinal abnormalities, even in the absence of pain.