Is Your Spine in Trouble?
By Sara Butler
Most people end up in their chiropractor’s office because they’re experiencing problems or pain. Generally, these problems can be traced back to just one thing: A vertebral subluxation. Here’s what you need to know about subluxations and how you might be able to tell if you’re heading in the direction of spinal troubles.
What is a Subluxation?
So what is a vertebral subluxation anyway? It’s the fancy chiropractic word for a bone in your spine (a vertebra) that is out of place or misaligned. When these bones are misaligned, it places stress on the soft tissues surrounding it such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This accelerates the normal process of wear and tear, often resulting in problems such as muscle spasms, pain, tenderness, and reduced mobility of the joint.
Subluxations can impact more than just muscles and joints, though. They can have a big impact on the spinal nerves too. When communication between the spinal nerves and the rest of your body is bungled, then it causes problems that can compromise your well-being and health.
What Causes Subluxations?
There are several things that can cause subluxations in your spine. They include:
- Physical causes – These include repetitive motion injuries, bad posture, bad habits, and a sudden trauma.
- Emotional causes – Stress is the number one emotional cause of subluxations because it has a physical impact on your body causing muscle tension and lowers your immune system response.
- Chemical causes – These include the use of alcohol or other drugs, poor nutrition or pollution in the environment you live.
What are some of the warning signs that you have a subluxation? You may experience:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Posture imbalance
- Mobility issues
- Reduced range of motion
- Joint pain
- Low energy
- Poor general health
You may have some of these symptoms, all of these symptoms or actually none of them. You just have to remember that having no symptoms doesn’t mean you are free from subluxations. After all, your tooth can have a cavity but you may experience no symptoms until that cavity gets worse – your spine is much the same way.
Your chiropractor at The Joint knows what to look for to diagnose you with any subluxations. They can then take action to repair them through spinal adjustments. They can also talk with you about the things you can do to reduce the frequency of reoccurrence of subluxations in the future!