A spinal subluxation involves misaligned vertebrae within the spine. When vertebrae are out of alignment it can result in pressure placed on the nerve roots within the spine, causing a disruption in communication from the brain to the body. When left untreated, a spinal subluxation can cause an imbalance in other areas of the body and may affect a person’s well-being and general health. It can also cause extreme pain and discomfort and can impact mobility, and range of motion.
To treat spinal subluxation, chiropractors use a technique known as spinal adjustments. The term “adjustment” refers to the adjustment of the spinal vertebrae. A spinal adjustment, also known as a manual adjustment, is used to reduce spinal subluxation, returning the spine to its natural state.
When a person visits a chiropractic office, if they have a spinal subluxation, treatment will depend on the level of subluxation. The misalignment is adjusted by the chiropractor, with the goal of reducing nerve impingement, nerve irritation, muscle spasms, and pain.
The spine is composed of vertebrae that are connected to muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. When the vertebrae are out of alignment, the structures that are in close proximity to the nerves or are connected to the nerves will also be affected. In many cases, this may cause pain, discomfort, and a limited range of motion.
When a traumatic injury occurs, it can impede nerve function. Impinged nerves can block or impact organ function, which can cause other health issues.
Spinal subluxations are stress responses. When the body is introduced to chemical, emotional, or physical stress, the muscles respond by spasming. This tension can cause the spinal bones to lock up, preventing the proper motion of the joints.
Subluxations can be caused by:
The spine is considered the backbone of the circulatory system and is where the arteries and veins branch off from. As the arteries and veins move closer to the heart, the pathways consolidate more and more. When toes and fingers tingle or become cold it’s because they’re the furthest from the heart. Restrictions between the heart and the extremities can prevent healthy blood flow. Identifying any blockages and restrictions will be key to improving circulation. In many cases, subluxations are responsible for hindering the circulatory system. With proper treatment that includes manual adjustments, circulation issues can improve.
If the area where the misalignment occurs involves a weakened or damaged spinal disc or the misalignment is severe, pain can be felt at the area of the misalignment, however, this isn’t always the case. Misalignment can affect the nervous system more than the spine. Fortunately, a simple examination by an experienced chiropractor can help determine the underlying cause of pain and discomfort.
While it may not always be easy for people to identify the cause of their pain and discomfort, there are some common symptoms that chiropractors see on a regular basis that can indicate a patient may have a vertebral subluxation.
Symptoms of subluxation in patients can include:
Spinal adjustments are commonly used to treat spinal subluxation and involve the manual application of controlled force applied to spinal vertebrae that have become limited in their range of motion and misaligned.
This technique has been proven effective against vertebral misalignment.
A spinal adjustment can alleviate your pain, improve range of motion, and flexibility, and provide immediate relief. In some cases, a series of spinal adjustments will be needed to address the underlying cause of the subluxation.
Depending on a patient’s condition, pain and discomfort from treatment are rare. In some cases a patient may feel sore after an adjustment, however, this often resolves within a matter of hours. The results from treatment typically depend on the patient’s condition and how many adjustments they receive over a series of chiropractic visits. A patient may require more than manual adjustments at each visit.
After a physical assessment,a chiropractor will create a personalized treatment plan for each patient, depending on the patient’s condition and wellness goals. In addition to spinal adjustments, a patient may also benefit from restorative exercises and massage. A treatment plan will also include how often a patient should be seen, for optimal results.
Even minor trauma can interfere with bodily processes and cause spinal subluxation. At The Chiropractic Doctors, our chiropractors have the skills and experience necessary to determine the root cause of pain and effectively treat it through a series of spinal adjustments that are designed to provide natural pain relief and improve flexibility and range of motion.
Fortunately, subluxations can be identified and corrected by a licensed, trained chiropractor. If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort and believe the underlying cause may be a subluxation, contact The Chiropractic Doctors today to schedule an appointment. After a physical assessment, we can create a personalized treatment plan designed to help you reach your wellness goals and improve your overall health.
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This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Matthew Phinney.