What is a Subluxation?
Chiropractic is the practice of realigning the spine and joints of the body so that the electrical signals from the brain to the body are not interfered with. This interference is called a Vertebral Subluxation. A subluxation will not only affect the message from the brain to the body but also the messages from the body and it’s perceptions back into the brain. These messages, when interfered with will create disharmony in the body’s ability to function.
Subluxations occur when vertebrae in the spine become misaligned or move out of place. When an individual vertebra moves out of its proper position, it can press on the nerves that pass from the spinal column out through the space either above or below it. When these nerves are pressed on it interferes with the smooth flow of constant information to and from the brain. Simply put, subluxations interrupt normal nerve function, causing a breakdown in the body’s communication center, the central nervous system.
There are three causes of Subluxations- Stress, Stress, & Stress
Yes, everyone of us have all 3 of these!
- Physical Stress– Physical stresses, such as a car accident, a slip or fall, a sports injury, repetitive movements, poor ergonomics, improper sleeping positions, inadequate sleep or even bad posture can cause subluxations.
- Chemical Stress– Can result from improper nutrition (fast food), smoking, alcohol and substance abuse, medications and toxins in your external environment, pesticide and food additive residues in your food and water can even create subluxations.
- Emotional Stress– Stress from something as simple as no apples in the refrigerator to the loss of a loved one can create a negative health and inflammatory cascade, that can and does create subluxations. Overall stress reduction is one of the primary ways to add quality and years to your life.
Quite often people think that Chiropractors only specialize in back pain. And some chiropractors do. But the practice of chiropractic is not just a pain relief model of healthcare. It is the detection and correction of Vertebral Subluxations so that all of the nerve impulses flowing to the entire body can help to create perfect health and vitality. Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to find and correct subluxations. When these subluxations are corrected the body, mind and spirit are better able to restore comfort, health and vitality.
Check out this chart to see some of the effects that can occur with the Vertebral Subluxation. (this is just a brief overview)