Subluxation of the spine is joint damage, stress and strain that has healed wrong. It often begins while we are in the uterus due to constraint. It can also begin during the birth process as we are tugged, twisted, and pulled out, either naturally or through C-Section, or even perhaps with forceps or a vacuum extractor. Then we begin a life in gravity falling all the time while we learn to crawl, walk, run, climb, ride, slide, skate, ski, and board. We play sports, some of which are designed specifically to hurt us such as football or wrestling or fighting. We get in car crashes. We sit too long, work at the computer too long, play x-box too long, stand too long, lift too much or wrong, and the list goes on and on and on. In short, our spine is subject to damage from before we are born until the day we die by “Time, Life, and Gravity.”
Subluxation will always exhibit five parts: 1) Abnormal motion, 2) Nerve stress, 3) Muscle Spasm/Atrophy, 4) Inflammation, 5) Degeneration of the spine. As your chiropractor I examine you for some or all of these parts and quantify them for later comparison. From that examination we get three important numbers to monitor your progress: 1) Range of Motion, 2) Total Subluxation Value, 3) Phase of Subluxation Degeneration.
Subluxation will always result in the following three effects: 1) Pain – When the level of inflammation or degeneration gets to a certain threshold (different for every person), there will be pain. This can be when you are newborn, or maybe not until you are very old, but it happens in over 90% of humans. 2) Spinal Degeneration/wear and tear/arthritis (you pick the term as they all mean the same thing). The damaged joints will wear out faster than normal aging. This damage is always permanent. 3) Damage to overall health/increased risk of disease/decreased quality of life. And this health effect is due to two things, stress to the communication system of the nerves, and inflammation from subluxation spreading everywhere within your body.
Treatment involves three tools: 1) Stretching exercises – these are to take the joints in your spine to their extreme end of motion every day to help pump nutrients from the vertebrae into the discs and cartilage. 2) Chiropractic adjustments – these are to break the scar tissue and spinal habit patterns to get the joints moving that you could not stretch into moving no matter how often or how many times you stretch. 3) Deep tissue massage – to break scar tissue in the muscles to allow the adjustments and the stretches to work better and last longer.
Just as there are three effects of subluxation, there are three benefits to a healthier spine: 1) You will have less pain or no pain both now and in the future. 2) The joints of your spine will wear out more slowly or perhaps stop wearing out altogether. 3) Your overall health will be greater since there is less nerve system stress and less inflammation throughout your body.
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