Remember the 5 parts or components of subluxation? Two of those parts are scar tissue in the joints and scar tissue in the muscles. And both of these come from inflammation. The way it works is this. You have an injury to the spine or perhaps just chronic postural stress. This causes varying amounts of inflammation in the joints, tissues, and muscles in that area of the spine. The inflammation always brings in scar tissue to the area to heal the injured tissues. The scar tissue forms by patching the damaged ligaments, tendons, or muscles. This patch of collagen (like the photo) reduces the motion of the ligament, tendon, or muscle. This causes blood congestion leading to more inflammation leading to more scar tissue, and over and over again. This is how spinal degeneration or arthritis starts. Eventually, the discs dehydrate, crack, and tear leading to disc degeneration and herniation. The gliding joints of the spine begin to send pain messages to the brain and when all of this mess crosses over your own personal pain threshold, it hurts. And we have the leading cause of disability.
At the same time the inflammation has spread throughout the entire body damaging other tissues. Body inflammation has been shown to cause heart disease, cancer, asthma, and a variety of other chronic diseases. This is why you are seeing dental commercials talk about gum disease associated with increased risk of heart. It’s all about inflammation and scar tissue.
When it comes to your spine, this is why we do what we do here in this office. I give you the stretching movements for you to work the scar tissue in the ligaments and pump the discs. We use the tool of deep tissue massage to break down the scar tissue in the muscles. And the adjustments are to break up the scar tissue in the spinal joints that have built up so much you can’t ever just stretch them back to normal function. And to measure all of this we use the range of motion, the TSV, and the x-rays, and then MRI or other imaging when the damage is bad enough.