If you’ve browsed through other parts of our website, by now you are probably wondering what on earth a vertebral subluxation is. Even individuals that have received chiropractic care in the past may have never heard this term. Please allow us to explain.
Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to detect and reduce the indications of subluxation, which is also referred to as a vertebral subluxation or a vertebral subluxation complex. While Chiropractors work with your back, a subluxation involves and affects more than just the bones in your back.
Simply put, a subluxation is present when a spinal bone (vertebrae) has lost its normal motion and position and nerve signal interference is present in the nervous system. However, there are many other components that make up a vertebral subluxation, which include changes in the surrounding muscles, altered tissue (bone, disc, etc), etc.
Your nervous system, which includes your brain, spinal cord, and nerves, is the master control system of almost every other body system, organ, tissue, and cell, and is thereby responsible for regulating the life-sustaining functions of your body. Because of its great importance and delicate nature, the nervous system is very well protected. The brain is housed within the skull and the spinal cord is protected by a stack of moveable bones called the vertebral column. Nerves exit the spinal cord at each vertebral level and exit through spaces between the vertebra.
The spinal column sacrifices some of its protective ability for movability. There are several joints and tiny muscles between each vertebrae to allow motion in very specific directions and to prevent any excessive movement that could be damaging to the delicate nerve tissue of the spinal cord and spinal nerves. With normal body movement and when all of these joints are moving as they should, damage to the nervous system does not occur. However, when a vertebra has lost its normal motion or position and one of these joints moves too little or too much, damage or nerve interference may occur.
Nerve interference is detrimental to health because it alters or prevents nerve communication between the brain and the body. When this communication is hindered, body functions may be diminished or altered, making the person more susceptible to physical, emotional, and chemical stressors. When the body functions at a sub-optimal level, health challenges may arise over time.
You may suspect that you have a subluxation if you have noticed postural imbalances, reduced motion, or pain; however, many subluxations are present without any obvious symptoms. The only way to know for sure is to see an expert and have your spine checked for subluxation.
Dr. Slatton analyzes her patients for vertebral subluxation and provides a specific chiropractic adjustment to address the dysfunctional spinal joint. When this occurs, nerve interference is relieved and brain-body communication is restored.
Do you still have questions about what a subluxation is or how subluxation could be affecting you or your loved ones? Please call to set up your complementary consultation today. We would be happy to answer your questions and to provide you with the information you need to improve your health and wellbeing.
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