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How Bad is a Subluxation, Really?

By Sara Butler

Your chiropractor has one mission – to zero in on subluxations and get rid of them. You can pretty much consider your chiropractor a subluxation Terminator! Here is what you should know about subluxations and what happens if they are not treated by your chiropractor.

What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation is a misalignment of one of the bones that make up your spine, called vertebrae. Each bone has its place and through normal use and everyday wear and tear they sometimes can be pulled out of place by a muscle or tendon. Some people experience subluxations as a result of an accident, such as an automobile accident. If you’ve ever had whiplash it has probably involved not only damage to the soft tissue of your neck but a misalignment in the bones in your neck too.

The tricky thing about subluxations is they can be present for years before they start to cause pain. The pain you experience due to a misalignment is usually something that occurs after it has been present for quite a while, so just because a subluxation isn’t presently causing you pain doesn’t mean it’s not a problem for you spinal health as well as your overall health.

What Can Subluxations Cause?

Subluxations can cause a few components at some point or another during the time they are present in your spine. They are:

  • Inflammation – You may experience an increase in inflammation in an area associated with the subluxation as a line of your body’s defense. It may be visible on the surface of your skin through redness or another component – heat.
  • Heat – When your body increases the temperature in one area it is often a result of inflammation. The area may feel hot to touch and even redness can occur.
  • Muscle Spasm – When a bone in your spine is out of alignment it can cause an increase in the tension of your muscles, tendons and ligaments around the area. This can increase the chance to experience a painful muscle spasm.
  • Fixation – This is when a joint is locked into a position that isn’t normal for it. Your range of motion can be limited and you won’t be able to use the joint properly.
  • Pain – At some point in the life of a subluxation, pain will be present. If you’re already to this point, be sure to head over to The Joint Chiropractic and have it looked at! You can't enjoy San Diego with a pain in your back.

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