What Is a Subluxation?

A vertebral subluxation is when your vertebrae are out of alignment. They might be out of normal positioning or not working together with the surrounding structures. This misalignment can cause pain, nausea, headaches, hypertension or other symptoms. Subluxations cause the nerves in your spine to wear out faster, increasing your risks and pain levels. Advanced symptoms include muscle spasms, pain, inflammation, and decreased range of motion. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see us for care as soon as possible.

5 Components of Subluxation

  • Kinesiopathology. Kinesiopathology is when the vertebrae move out of position and lose range of motion by being misaligned.
  • Myopathology. Myopathology is the changes that occur in the muscles of the spine. Signs include spasms, fibrosis, weakness, hypertonicity, and improper function.
  • Neuropathology. Neuropathology is the injury or irritation of the spinal nerves through stretching, compression, or irritation from chemicals released in the spine.
  • Histopathology. Histopathology is the changes that occur in spinal tissue. These can include bony growths, fibrosis, adhesions, and degeneration of the spinal discs.
  • Pathophysiology. Pathophysiology is the changes like inflammation from injured tissues in the spine.

All five components must be addressed during the healing process in order to ensure complete recovery. Patients should know and understand that the healing process is complex and takes time. The lack of pain does not indicate treatment is over. Often, pain is your body telling you one last time to listen and fix the problem. Do not discontinue treatment options until your doctor says your treatment is complete. Even after treatment finishes, you will most likely receive a recommendation to come back for regular wellness visits.

What Causes of Subluxation

There are many different causes of subluxations in the body. They can be a direct result of one incident, or they can build up over time with slight shifting of the bones. Some causes of subluxation can include:

  • Trauma
  • Repetitive motion
  • Bad posture
  • Weak spinal muscles
  • Poor diet
  • Chemical toxins
  • Stress
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Bad work habits

How to Fix Subluxations

Our team of chiropractors has the knowledge and the training to help correct your subluxations. Most of the time it requires applying the proper manual adjustment to ease the affected vertebrae back into place. It is common that healing requires multiple treatments for full healing results. Once the process finishes, your body may need some time to adjust to the end results. Therapy exercises are sometimes part of your treatment to increase muscle strength, encouraging your body to support itself on the journey to healing.

Don’t wait until you are experiencing pain. Make an appointment with our office to examine your spine for any subluxations today.