What is Subluxation?If you're asking this question, odds are you've been to a chiropractor or spinal specialist and have been diagnosed with a complicated condition. A vertebral subluxation, also simply called a 'subluxation' is a vertebra out of its normal zone of motion, causing interference to the proper function of the nervous system at that level.Because a subluxation interferes with a primary pathway of your body's internal intelligence, serious health issues can result if they are ignored for prolonged periods. Chronic pain is often the first clue indicating the onset of a subluxation, but subluxations are often present without any related pain, and pain itself is only present after a subluxation has been in place for years.Much like a cavity will rarely show pain until it has seriously decayed, a subluxation can wreak havoc on your nervous system, causing diseases in the organs the affected nerves innervate unless the subluxation is detected and corrected. Conditions from constipation to asthma can be associated with an underlying dysfunction of the nervous system associated with a spinal subluxation. For this reason, it is highly recommended a person seek out a full spinal exam, possibly including x-rays, by a chiropractic doctor annually, beginning in early childhood but most certainly before the age of nine (the age at which scoliosis most commonly begins). It's an excellent method of preventative medicine guaranteeing against the onset of severe health issues due to undetected physical blockages of the central nervous system.Treatment for Back PainWe all suffer from back pain at one time or another in our lives. In fact, back pain is said to be the single most expensive illness on the planet, draining our economy and our lives more than any other single illness! Unless you've been taught the secrets to proper spinal hygiene, the solution to back pain can seem elusive.We've taken pills and tried therapy, but back pain tends to return on a regular basis in our lives once we've had that first bout. Often, unless we discover what does work, minor back pain episodes will develop into debilitating, paralyzing episodes of nerve compression and immobility. In fact, there is no drug and no single therapy that can guarantee a constant guard against the progress of back pain in your life. The absolute secret to beating back pain is in restoring flexibility and balance to the entrapped spinal region.Flexibility guarantees restoration of the proper function of the region. Cartilage will not decay, and nerves, veins, and organs will not become compressed in a balanced, flexible body. In other words, a flexible spine will be less likely to experience pain, and will be more resilient against future injury and degeneration. Degenerative arthritis, spinal decay, degenerative disc disease, and nearly every condition related as the cause of chronic back pain has some association with the loss of flexibility in the area. Your most powerful weapon against recurring back pain and its eventual onset of more serious degenerative conditions is in discovering a home program that will outline the keys to restoring your spinal strength and flexibility. The added good news is, a proper flexibility program will bring more weight burning energy and personal power to your life than any other physical fitness program, and can take as little as a few minutes per day.About the Author: Chiropractic Leadership Alliance
What is Subluxation & Treatment for Back Pain
Chiropractic Leadership Alliance Chiropractors are known for their abilities in helping people with neck and back pain. The most common reason why someone even considers seeing a chiropractor is for back pain, specifically low back pain. Research and studies and the general consensus is that we can help in this area. What about shoulder pain? Is there anything a chiropractor can do to help shoulder pain?You can certainly have a chiropractor take a look at and evaluate your shoulder problem. While the spine is most commonly adjusted, the chiropractic adjustment can be performed at any joint. A joint is anywhere two bones meet. In the case of the shoulder, we'll be looking at three different areas; the clavicle (collarbone), the humerus (upper arm), and the scapula (the shoulder blade). Any of these joints can move out of their normal position with extended use in the wrong way. Stress and poor posture in the upper back can lead the shoulder blade to become stuck and fixated in the wrong position. The chiropractor can adjust this area and work with the muscles to get things moving again.The same principles apply to the humerus and the clavicle. There are certain movements in which each bone will take on a more primary role. The chiropractor can feel with his hand if the right areas are moving or not. If the joint is not moving, this means it is likely not functioning correctly. This is where the chiropractor's expertise can be of most use.The first evaluation of the shoulder is really to see if any of the muscles, ligaments, or tendons have torn. Depending on the severity of the tear, you may need an immediate referral for an MRI and a visit to an orthopedic specialist. You don't want someone moving your bones around if you have a tear, and the chiropractor doesn't want to do that either. If you haven't had any trauma to the shoulder joint and the pain has just come on gradually over the years. The chiropractor can take a look and provide adjustments and work to the muscles that can make a world of difference.Primarily, Chiropractors treat something called a "Subluxation". This word was created by Chiropractic founder D. D. Palmer. He essentially stated that whereas a "luxation" is a complete dislocation of a joint, a simple malposition of the bones of a joint, without being dislocated, would be a "Subluxation", "Sub" meaning less than or below a "luxation" or dislocation. This would give one the idea of a boney misalignment in a joint.Simply put, in the beginning, that's pretty much what was meant by this word, except for one additional factor. A subluxation ALWAYS contains, as a criterion for Chiropractic consideration, a blockage of nerve impulses somewhere between the brain and the rest of the body. If allowed to continue, this resulting blockage of nerve impulses could conceivably result in disease. Later, Dr. Palmer stated there were other types of subluxations which also needed to be addressed. A Chemical Subluxation would be where the body's chemistry was not optimal for proper function. An Emotional Subluxation would include aberrations of the mind, interfering with normal function of the body.Over the decades the definition of "Subluxation" has changed and evolved to a point where there is no set, universally accepted definition of the word. Many of us have gone back the original tried-and-true definition as stated above. It serves well, because under this umbrella, the definition addresses problems with the whole body and mind, plus pain syndromes, chronic disorders and even injuries to the spine and extremities. That just about describes most of what we treat at this office.I've come up with a triangle of health. On one side we have "Structural Health", on another side we have "Chemical Health" and on the last side is "Emotional Health".The Structural side includes the body itself, bones, muscles, nerves, organs, etc. This is probably the most common type of Chiropractic case and includes injuries from all types of trauma and even birth.Chemical Health would encompass hormones, nutrients, blood chemistry, etc. In this office we practice "Functional Medicine". This involves, among other things, optimizing the body's chemistry to prevent disease and even correct some chronic problems like autoimmune conditions. Last (but not least) is Emotional Health, which would include mental and spiritual factors. Most say that the mind is senior to the body. For example, stress could affect the body's chemistry, immune system, endocrine system and structure. Grief, anger and fear would have similar physical consequences. These could even predispose a person to accidents and trauma. Therefore, we make it our business to look at emotional factors as well.So you can see that Chiropractic can be a very multifaceted approach to delivering health care. In this office all these factors are considered when developing a treatment plan.Next installment will cover the Magic and Miracle of Homeopathy.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic Leadership Alliance Chiropractic care is sometimes connected with several risks and advantages. The reality is, it is proven to be effective by thousands of people internationally. Doctors actually recommend that alternative therapy before patients resort to bigger measures like surgery or long term medicine use. Here are some of the known risks and advantages.Chiropractics is Science-BasedChiropractors are in reality very qualified experts who have undergone both undergraduate and postgraduate studies to achieve their title. There are National and State Board Examinations as well, to make sure that practitioners only ever use the highest levels of techniques and applications that ensure patient wellness. The science of chiropractic enhances the association between the spine and nervous system, so bodily processes are improved significantly.Chiropractors apply several techniques that correct vertebral subluxations. The procedure becomes very secure and efficient because professionals are able to locate, initiate, control and manage the various functions of cells and body systems by improving the flow of energy. Chiropractic care is viewed a holistic approach, but science-based. Safer than Other RemediesAs a holistic sort of treatment, chiropractic care is by and large safer than other treatments because patients do not have to undergo surgery or be placed in a sedated state to get results. As an alternative type of remedy, most doctors suggest that people try the methods first before resorting to surgery or long term drug use. You can anticipate to pay less when investing in chiropractics.The type of remedy is also safer with low risk for complications when used by qualified professionals. Chiropractics apply non-surgical, natural and drug-free methods to enhance the body's natural power to recovery and improve. Treatment courses can be very short if the patient responds positively. You may see that chiropractics can continue maintaining optimum level of health for the long term. Patients who have recovered fully may continue visiting the chiropractor's clinic for relaxation.Knowing the RisksThe risks begin primarily if you count on somebody that does not truly have a background in chiropractics. Make certain you make a background check first on who will be rendering services by reviewing the professional license, asking for patient referrals and determining if the individual truly is registered in your state. Check the rates as well, so that you avoid paying exorbitant fees. You can avail of packages, dependent on your condition to make sure that you will simply be paying the amount that was initially given to you.Some Problems In some situations, there are likewise possible complications like neck or spine injuries owing to wrong maneuvering of the joints. Some patients may find the therapy very painful in the beginning, while others may not receive any benefit at all from the approaches.The chance of injury from treatment is reduced. Prior to any procedure is done, medical diagnostics is virtually always required by qualified professionals, so that they can accurately determine the origin of the problem and correct the joints efficiently.Some physicians might even refuse to treat you, if they realize that the patient is very vulnerable to develop problems during or after treatment. Some patients may not react during remedy but suddenly develop problems hours or days after.The proper application of force is extremely important, especially when employing the systems on the elderly, infants, kids and pregnant women.Let's use the term 'subluxation.' Subluxations occur when vertebrae in the spine become misaligned or move out of place. When an individual vertebra moves out of its proper position, it can press on the nerves that pass from the spinal column out through the space either above or below it. Because nerves carry messages between your brain and your body at lightning speed (think about how fast you move your hand when you touch something hot), nerve interference caused by a spinal misalignment can cause the body to malfunction.Simply put, subluxations interrupt normal nerve function, causing a breakdown in the body's communication center, the central nervous system. How do subluxations occur? There are three main causes:o Physical causes, such as a car accident, a slip or fall, a sports injury, repetitive movements, such as lifting all day on a job, improper sleeping positions, inadequate sleep and bad posture.o Emotional causes, such as grief over the death of a loved one, anger and other negative emotions that cause too much stress in your body and result in damage to your body's immune system.o Chemical causes, that result from improper nutrition (fast food), smoking, alcohol and substance abuse and toxins in your external environment, food and water.Chiropractors receive special training to adjust the spine, which moves the misplaced vertebrae back into their proper position. It may take time for your body to "hold" an adjustment and for the vertebrae and the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tissue to [recognize] the new position as being "normal." However, once the subluxation is corrected, the nervous system becomes fully functional again, allowing your body to heal. The biggest problem with subluxations is the fact that you often don't even know that you have one until you experience symptoms, such as pain or a breakdown in the functioning of a major organ, and then it might be too late.Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments keeps your nervous system in prime working order, much the same as receiving regular dental care keeps your teeth and gums healthy. If you have any questions about subluxations or the effects that they can have on your health, please be sure to ask us at your next visit.