When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump, a car accident or any sudden trauma, stress, or an overuse injury that leads to pain and inflammation. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and the soft tissues around it. This pressure comes with a price.
A subluxation is a serious condition identified by its five parts:
- Abnormal motion or position of the spinal bones: The bones of the spine have lost their normal motion and position. This can restrict your ability to turn and bend
- Abnormal nervous system function: Improper spinal function can choke, stretch and irritate delicate nerve tissue, causing pain and other symptoms
- Abnormal muscle function: Muscles supporting the spine can weaken, atrophy, or become tight and go into spasm
- Abnormal soft tissue function: A rise in temperature from an increase in blood or lymph supply can result in swelling and inflammation. Discs can bulge, herniate, tear, or degenerate, and other soft tissues may suffer permanent damage
- Abnormal function of the spine and body: Bone spurs and other abnormal bony growths attempt to fuse malfunctioning spinal joints. This spinal decay, scar tissue, and long-term nerve dysfunction can cause other systems of the body to fail
As time goes by and a subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs can begin to degenerate. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by as the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adapt to the misalignment and dysfunction. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is and the longer it takes to get your spine back into alignment. If you are experiencing pain contact us today to schedule a free consultation.