A vertebral subluxation occurs when one or more vertebrae in your spine lose their normal position and / or range of motion. When this happens, the spinal nerves can become irritated. Subluxations most often occur in response to the daily stresses placed on our bodies. Common things such as emotional stress, poor posture, or sitting in front of a computer for a long time may lead to subluxations. Car accidents, improper lifting, work injuries, or poor diet are other common causes of vertebral subluxations.
Doctors of Chiropractic are the only health care professionals who are thoroughly trained in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations. It requires years of training and clinical practice for a chiropractor to master the analysis and procedures needed to understand and correct subluxations.
How does a subluxation/misalignment affect you?
Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over your nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100%. In other words, some part of your body will not work properly. Based on the pictures below, you can see how a subluxation could limit the function of various parts of your body, adversely affecting your overall health.
Subluxations are caused by physical, mental, and chemical stresses. Poor posture, sleeping face down, car accidents, or falls can cause subluxations. Also, mental stress can also cause subluxations by causing tight muscles around your spine to pull your vertebrae out of proper alignment causing irritation to the spinal nerves that exit between the vertebrae.
Think about the stresses you face each and every day and the effect on your nervous system…even if you live as healthy as possible, you cannot avoid all the daily stress. This stress can cause interference in your nervous system, resulting in poor body function if left uncorrected. Chiropractic helps your body deal with stress better, allowing you to function at your best everyday.
Subluxations cause changes to the structure of the spine as well as the nerves. These changes get progressively worse as time is allowed to work on the subluxated area of the spine. These changes take the form of ongoing degeneration known as “subluxation degeneration” or “wear-and-tear” arthritis. If you were to continually drive your car with the wheels out of alignment, the tires would wear down – your spine is no different! It is possible to reasonably estimate the time subluxations have been present in a spine by studying a spinal x-ray. Having this information is useful in understanding the time and effort needed for correction.