Subluxations: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

What Is Subluxation?

Okay, what we’re talking about here is an ongoing process by which a vertebral subluxation is causing the communication between your mind and body to be somehow impacted. Since your brain controls every cell in your body, even the slightest nerve interference can cause problems from your head to your toes, depending on the level of nerve pressure and the vertebrae involved. As the International Chiropractors Association puts it,

A vertebral subluxation is a stress response. Muscles go into spasm. Spinal bones lock up. And adjacent nerves are choked or chafed. This interferes with the control and regulation of your body. This garbles communications between the brain and parts of your body.”

What Causes Subluxation?

Because of how many potential causes exist, they’re typically broken down into three classifications – physical, chemical, and emotional or psychological. Physically, anything that puts enough force on vertebrae (directly, or over time) to push them out of alignment. Chemically there are a number of substances, or deficiencies, that can impact spinal musculature and cause subluxations. Stress is often a factor. Psychological tension “carried” or “centered” primarily in the cervical and lumbar spinal regions can occur.

What Are the Different Types of Subluxation?

We happen to agree with Dr. Steve Tullius when he exclaims that vertebral subluxation is one of our society’s most overlooked neurological dysfunctions! Different types are classified by the location on the spine and the cause (physical, chemical, emotional). A big issue, as he also points out, is that a small percentage of your nervous system is dedicated to your sensory experience, so it’s common to have a subluxation and not be consciously aware of it. Well, not until it’s progressed enough to cause pain or discomfort.

What Are the Symptoms of Subluxation?

Again, because we’re discussing the impingement of central nervous system communication there will be both local and non-localized symptoms in the body. Furthermore, Better Health chiropractors view subluxations as an ongoing process rather than a static condition. This process has a very long list of potential symptoms (from pain and dizziness to stiffness, tingling, loss of mobility, etc.) connected with many vertebrae and nerves in the spine. It’s complex. The first step is scheduling an appointment with a chiropractic clinic to get a professional diagnosis and customized treatment plan.

Which Body Part does Subluxation Affect?

Again, a subluxation has both local (in the specific impacted area) and non-localized (throughout the body) symptoms. An entire list would grow long, but here are a few:

  • Shoulder Subluxation
  • Patellar Subluxation / Knee Subluxation
  • Peroneal Tendon Subluxation
  • Rib Subluxation
  • Cuboid Subluxation
  • Hip Subluxation

If you look into chiropractic medicine, you’ll find very gifted doctors with plenty of research to back the theory that vertebral misalignment can lead to diseased organs and the general breakdown of support systems. Whether directly, or slowly over time, impeded central nervous system communication has a tremendous impact on our lives.

How to Treat Subluxation?

First, get a proper diagnosis so that the cause can be understood and effectively addressed. We believe in a holistic comprehensive approach that incorporates any elements of chiropractic care (adjustments), physical rehabilitation, and chiropractic massage therapy. Ultimately it’s going to depend on the practitioner you choose, how severe the condition, and how responsive you are to changing any lifestyle habits that may increase symptoms. For very severe cases, surgery might an option, along with conventional medications and alternative chiropractic treatments.

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How to Prevent Subluxation?

Other than trying your best to avoid injuries and straining your spine and spinal muscles, it’s also about the general practices of eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly to maintain a healthy BMI, practicing good posture, and getting a chiropractic checkup at least a handful of times a year, or as needed.