What is a Misalignment or Subluxation? PDF Print E-mail

Subluxation.... is a term used in the medical field to describe what happens when one of the vertebrae in your spine moves out of position.

When this happens, the misaligned vertebra creates pressure and stress on the spinal nerves, blood vessels, and surrounding muscles. This pressure and stress can cause an imbalance in the body's normal processes as the nerves in the spinal column extend to the entire body and its organs. As time goes on and the uncorrected subluxation continues, the damage to the nerve may get progressively worse and different stages of subluxation degeneration set in.

Many health problems, including Subluxations, are subtle in the early stages of development. In the same way that a cavity or heart problem can be overlooked before causing pain or other warning signs, a spinal problem may develop and exist for years before causing difficulties.

Chiropractors are specialists in correcting subluxation and other misalignments. A chiropractor can restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually by using the chiropractic procedure known as spinal adjustment. Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae.

Subluxations most often occur in response to the daily stresses placed on our bodies.  A car accident, fall, sudden jar, or trauma are all examples of unique instances that may cause a subluxation. The other occurrence of subluxation comes from regular actions such as improper sleeping position, poor posture, standing or sitting in one position for prolonged periods of time and incorrect lifting technique.

Your chiropractor is uniquely qualified to recognize and diagnose spine related injuries. He or she is the only primary care doctor with specialized training to correct spinal problems with chiropractic adjustments.

Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of trauma, such as car accident, some discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. It is also common to feel a brief sensation in the extremities immediately following an adjustment due to the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root.

Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC): is an abnormal condition commonly involving several vertebrae. It occurs when vertebrae in your spine lose their normal position and/or motion beginning the onset of arthritis and degeneration.

To detect the possible onset of a VSC, your chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination, including a detailed history, orthopaedic, neurological and postural evaluations, and possibly an X-ray if he or she deems these to be necessary to fully assess your condition.

 

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