Posted by on Dec 17, 2009 in Health Tips/Information | Comments Off on Subluxation

What is subluxation?

According to Wikipedia:

Santa Barbara Chiropractor James NearyVertebral subluxation is used to describe myriad signs and symptoms which may occur as a result of spinal vertebrae being out of whack. Chiropractors believe that a subluxation complex is a functional bio-mechanical spinal lesion that can alter neurological function, which in turn, is believed to cause neuromusculoskeletal and visceral disorders. Officially, the WHO definition of the chiropractic vertebral subluxation is: “A lesion or dysfunction in a joint or motion segment in which alignment, movement integrity and/or physiological function are altered, although contact between joint surfaces remains intact. It is essentially a functional entity, which may influence bio-mechanical and neural integrity.” The purported displacement is not necessarily visible on X-rays. This is in contrast to the medical definition of spinal subluxation which, according to the WHO, is a “significant structural displacement”, and therefore visible on X-rays.

In general, a subluxation of the spine is when one or more of the vertebrae in your spine are misaligned, pinching nerves in the spinal column. With a pinched nerve, one may deal with a lot of pain, loss of feeling (numbness) in an area, and limited functions of different parts of the body. You may also feel muscle aches and pains as a result of misalignment. If untreated, subluxations may cause more damage, similar to a “domino effect”.

How serious is a subluxation?

The effects can vary, depending on how much the vertebrae have moved out of place and what kind of pressure is being placed on the nerves. The majority of times, it is simply a case where a vertebrae is slightly out of position or is not moving properly. With proper treatments, the pain can be relieved.

What can be done about subluxations?

Spinal adjustments involve physical manipulation of the vertebrae. Depending upon the severity, different techniques are used to adjust the spine. Adjustments typically do not hurt, but in some cases, touching sensitive areas caused by subluxations may cause temporary discomfort.

What can I do to stop/reduce subluxations?

Subluxations of the spine are reduced by maintaining proper posture while walking, sitting and standing. Remember to use caution when lifting heavy objects and to always proceed with care when trying a new sport or activity.  Regular chiropractic treatments are a key way to help reduce subluxations.
Contact Neary Chiropractic of Santa Barbara today to see what we can do for you.

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