If you’re considering chiropractic care, you should learn about the term “subluxation.” In short, it’s basically a technical way of saying “your spine is out of line.” However, it’s a bit more complicated than just that!
What is Subluxation?
There are several different ways to understand subluxation. According to the World Health Organization, a subluxation is a “significant structural displacement” and is always visible on X-rays. Technically, a subluxation is a partial traumatic dislocation of a joint. Additionally, the areas around the joints, including ligaments, may cause pain. This is often due to a sprain. Moving around can increase this discomfort.
In terms of chiropractic care, subluxation most often refers to an altered or shifted position of the vertebrae. In short, this misalignment should give your chiropractor a clue as to how and where to perform a realignment procedure.
This brings us to the “subluxation complex.” Chiropractors have described this term to include a variety of key functions. A subluxation of a vertebra means that it has moved from its usual, correct position in relation to the other vertebrae. When out of alignment, this affected part will cause pain and other ailments.
What Causes Subluxations?
So what causes a subluxation? The truth is, it can be any number of factors. The most obvious of these is a physical injury. Any acute or repetitive trauma can result in subluxation. For example, a fall, or even something as mundane as poor posture, can be the cause. When it comes to correcting your posture, take a look at our dedicated article on spinal health and bad posture.
Beyond the physical, stress can play a role in your injury. It has been established by many studies that a stressful life can take a severe toll on our bodies. This stress can also have an impact on our spinal health. For safety’s sake, try to remove as much unneeded stress from your life as possible.
Finally, a poor diet can also play a part in your subluxation. Unfortunately, the food we eat can be a major contributor to chronic pain. It is important to live and eat healthily, both for the health of our spines, but also our entire bodies.
How Can I Tell If I’m Suffering from a Potential Subluxation?
First of all, it takes a professional chiropractic eye to spot subluxation. A proper chiropractic evaluation is the only way to know for sure. That said, here are many of the most common symptoms of a potential vertebral subluxation:
- neck pain
- back pain
- dizziness or balance problems
- muscle spasms in the back
- difficulty moving due to pain in the joints or extremities
- lower energy
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Fortunately, a doctor of chiropractic care can help to adjust your alignment. On the whole, these adjustments rely on a hands-on approach. Your chiropractor applies corrective pressure towards the affected area of your spine. Usually, this will require multiple sessions before your back will be fully realigned. Basically, the body needs time to adjust to the adjustment! In a short time however, you can likely expect to be back on the mend. A proper alignment and subsequent care of your body and posture, is necessary for maintaining spinal health!