Chiropractic Resources > Subluxation
term subluxation means minor misalignment, however, the
affects on the human body as a result of a subluxation on
the upper cervical spine can be far from minor. In the
simplest of terms, a subluxation is when one or more
vertebrae (bones in your spine) move out of line and create
pressure on spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that
come out from the vertebrae in your spine. Pressure on the
nerves can cause interference with the signals traveling
through them - leading to numerous health related problem.
Chiropractors commonly recognize five
categories of components present in the Vertebral
Subluxation Complex (VSC).
- Spinal Kinesiopathology
- is where the bones of the spine
become stuck, don't move enough, or move too much.
(abnormal nervous system function) - nerves can
become overexcited and hyperactive. Due to the way the
spine is engineered, abnormal spinal function can
irritate, pinch, rub or choke the delicate tissue of the
spinal cord and nerve roots.
- Myopathology (Abnormal Muscle
Function) - is when over-developed muscles on
one side of the spine cause individual vertebrae to
rotate and lose proper function. When muscle function
declines, muscles that support the spine respond in
different ways, and the spine can weaken or even atrophy.
- Histiopathology (Abnormal
soft tissue function) - inflammation and
swelling due to injured discs accompany the accumulation
of blood and lymph - causing a rise in temperature.
- when there is a trauma to a joint,
one of the ways your body responds is the stabilization
of the area by forming new bone. With time, calcium
deposits build up, eventually as abnormal bony growth.
This arthritic 'splinting' of bones is nature's attempt
to stabilize the injured joint.
Due to the intricacies of the nervous
system, more research is being conducted in the areas of
hormonal involvement, aging, immune system response, even
genetic consequences. The Vertebral Subluxation Complex may
be one of the most regular yet overlooked sources of health
Chiropractors are trained in identifying
and treating vertebral subluxations.This is done through a
series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to
correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine.
Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years
of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.