Many of you have heard the term subluxation from us at West End Chiropractic but what does it actually mean? A subluxation takes place when a vertebrae moves out of position and puts pressure on spinal nerves. These nerves, which exit between the bones of the spine, have interference in the message that is being transmitted from the brain to the body causing a lack of coordination to the area of the body that nerve supplies. It is similar to a dimmer light switch, when there is a subluxation that is like dimming the light switch, and once you are adjusted the dimmer switch goes back up to normal lighting.
Physical Causes are related to physical aspects we deal with on a day to day basis including bad posture and workstation habits, weak or imbalanced spinal musculature, repetitive motions, and acute trauma.
Chemical causes are related to chemicals and toxins that are introduced into our body. These chemicals come from the foods we ingest, the liquids we drink, and the air we breathe. Chemicals that are harmful decrease the body’s ability to function and lowers our ability to deal with both internal and external stresses.
Emotional causes pertain to stress. Medical research has proven that emotional stress effects physical health. When stress levels grow to extreme levels and stress management isn’t working well, the body responds with a decrease of normality in its everyday function.
As well as controlling and coordinating the functions of the body, the central nervous system allows us to live in our environment by adapting to the various stimuli that surrounds us every day. In order to live healthy lives, to be healthy, it is imperative to ensure the nervous system functions properly and free of subluxations.
Subluxations aren’t just about spots of pain in the back, neck, or sciatica. Subluxations eventually lead to dysfunction or in coordination in the body decreasing the overall health of your body. Chiropractors are the only health professionals that are trained to detect and correct subluxations.