In a perfect world, there would be no back pain.
We could sit at our desks all day at work with no negative consequences.
We wouldn't have to worry about proper lifting techniques.
And our backs wouldn't get worse with age, making our golden years more enjoyable.
Unfortunately, our world isn't perfect. And back pain is very real.
If we sit at our desks for hours on end, we will most definitely suffer from it.
Lift with your back and not your legs, and you're in for a rough few days.
And, unfortunately, our backs break down as we get older because they are at the center of almost every movement.
Life, in general, tends to impose forces of movement that can take one or more vertebrae out of ideal, centered alignment.
In the chiropractic world, a misalignment of vertebrae in relation to the next vertebrae is called a subluxation.
In the article below, you will learn everything you need to know about subluxations.
What Is A Subluxation?
In the conventional medical world, a subluxation is defined as a partial dislocation.
A dislocation is a very serious injury that should not be taken lightly.
They are usually caused by traumatic events with high impacts, like car wrecks.
Just like a dislocation, a subluxation can result in an injury to your spinal cord.
Unlike a dislocation, though, it tends not to result in torn ligaments, facet joint jumping, and locking paralysis, or even death.
The Chiropractic Perspective
"The Basis For Spinal Manipulation: Chiropractic Perspective Of Indications And Theory" by Charles Henderson says a subluxation is a mechanical disturbance in how the spine is arranged.
It's arranged in a way that it disrupts the functioning of your nervous system.
So if you've ever heard a chiropractor say that all diseases come from misaligned vertebrae, that article might be why.
It's also why a subluxation is the most important reason for an assessment of your intervertebral joint motion.
Chiropractors have expanded to offer physical therapy and nutritional services, but historically a chiropractors job is to find and realign subluxations.
Symptoms of Subluxations
Unfortunately, you can have a subluxation without ever knowing it.
It's not uncommon for a subluxation to have no noticeable symptoms.
However, if you have any of the following symptoms, it may be a sign of a subluxation:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Dizziness or balance issues
- Muscle spasms
- Reduced mobility
- Joint pain
- Numbness or tingling in extremities
- Low energy
What Can A Subluxation Do To My Body?
Chiropractors have only just begun to scratch the surface as to the possible effects subluxations can have on the body.
Spinal health is directly related to the health and function of your central nervous system, and the removal of subluxations are critical to your overall spinal health.
So far, we know that subluxations:
- Decreasing the bodies ability to adapt to stress
- Decrease the body's ability to function at its optimal potential
- Accelerate joint aging and cause joint degeneration
- Can cause a chain reaction of other health issues
- Can cause structural and postural problems
Finding Your Subluxation
A chiropractic exam to identify subluxations generally consists of a manual exam followed by x-rays.
During the manual exam, the chiropractor checks the alignment of your pelvis and other key joints to help determine what's going on in your spine.
Your chiropractor will also check the spine itself, and may also include muscle testing as part of the exam.
Subluxations in the chiropractic sense tend to have very subtle features, unlike the more severe findings medical doctors identify in their diagnoses.
A subluxation diagnosed by your chiropractor isn't characterized by too much movement as many people believe.
Instead, it is characterized by decreased or restricted motion.
So, correcting excessive motion at the spinal joint won't be the primary goal of your chiropractic treatment.
Because it can develop in nearby joints that are hypermobile, your chiropractor might treat the hypermobility anyway.
They are likely to do so by addressing the restricted nearby joints and prescribing an exercise program to strengthen your core.
Who Can Treat My Subluxation?
Chiropractors and some physical therapists are trained to treat subluxations.
Massage therapists, personal trainers, and other holistic practitioners are not.
If you suspect you have a subluxation, the best thing to do is visit a chiropractor near you.
If you have a chiropractic subluxation, they will develop a treatment plan to take care of it.
However, if you have a subluxation that requires medical treatment, they can refer you to the appropriate doctor.
Your Chiropractor Can Help
If you think you're suffering from a subluxation, you should see your chiropractor.
If it turns out that you do have a subluxation, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan that will help take care of it.
If it's found that you have a conventional subluxation, he or she will refer you to a medical doctor so you can be checked immediately.
Even if you aren't sure you have a subluxation, and you're just suffering from back pain, you should still take a trip to see your chiropractor.
No matter what the issue, your chiropractor will give you an exam and develop a treatment plan that will get you back to normal.
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