The term subluxation means minor misalignment that affects the human body in many different ways.
In the simplest terms, a subluxation is when one or more vertebrae (bones in your spine) move out of line and create pressure on spinal nerves.
Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out of the vertebrae in your spine. Pressure on these delicate nerves can cause interference with signals traveling through them-leading to numerous health related problems. Research shows that the weight of a quarter pushing on a nerve will affect the nerve.
There are 5 components of a Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC):
1. Spinal Kinesiopatholoy The bones of the spine become stuck and don’t move enough or when they move too much.
2. Neuropathophysiology Nerves can be over excited (hyperactive) or less
active (hypoactive). These nerves are responsible for all function and activity of all organs and tissue in your body. When they are pinched or irritated by abnormal spinal function, the results can be detrimental to a healthy functioning spine.
3. Myopathology (Abnormal muscle function). When overdeveloped or under-developed muscle on one side of the spine cause individual vertebrae to rotate and lose proper function. If muscle function continues to decline, the spine responds in many ways to protect itself furthering the muscle dysfunction.
4. Histopathology (Abnormal soft tissue function). Inflammation and swelling due to the injured area increase blood and lymph accumulation causing a rise in temperature of tissue.
5. Pathophysiology When trauma is put on a joint, one way your body responds is to try and stabilize the area by forming new bone growth. This lends itself to abnormal growth and accelerates the aging process.
Research indicates that restricted joint movement for 48 hours will lead to irreversible bone change.
Subtle changes to your spine and nervous system can have an affect on hormonal, aging, immune and many other aspects of your health.
Chiropractors are the only caregivers that are specifically trained in the detection and treatment of vertebral subluxations.