Subluxation… Can’t We Use Smaller Words?
Don’t worry, Subluxation is one of very few large words we use regularly in our office. Subluxation is when your nerve system is out of balance, typically associated with misalignment of the spine. One simple definition of Subluxation is Spinal Misalignments that decrease the flow of “Vital Energy” between the brain and the body causing malfunction and disease.
Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. This control is done by communicating nerve signals between the brain and all areas of the body through the spinal column. If there is any interference or restriction of this communication, you will not function at 100% of your capacity.
One analogy we could make to help explain subluxation is a cell phone call. The quality of the call depends on the signal between the two cell phones and the towers. Any loss of signal can greatly diminish the quality of the call, or the call might be completely dropped. Chiropractic aims to restore complete function by identifying and correcting subluxation.
Subluxation Care in Tucson
Muscles are the middle man in your neuro-musculo-skeletal system. They do the grunt work without even a reasonable chance of making it to upper management! Nerves tell muscles to contract and muscles move bones. When muscles become tight or spastic, they were told to be tight or spastic. So you can stretch them or massage them for relief but ultimately if they are told to become tense or spastic they will eventually end up that way again. Muscles are one of the many components of subluxation.
Vertebral Subluxation is more than a muscle or bone problem. All of the following are components of a Vertebral Subluxation:
- Nerve System Interference (Neuropathophysiology)
Your nerves become irritated or impinged and you may feel pain, tingling, numbness or a sensation of pins & needles. The signals traveling through your nerves are interfered with and the important chemical messengers that flow over your nerves may become blocked.
- Unhealthy Motion (Spinal Kinesiopathology)
Either your vertebrae are jammed and less mobile or they are too mobile. Commonly you are unable to properly turn, bend or twist your neck, hips or back.
- Muscle Tightness or Spasm (Myopathology)
Your muscles may become chronically tight, shorten, spasm, weaken or become overly sensitive and sore.
- Inflammation (Histopathology)
Your body will mount an inflammatory response including swelling, tenderness, painful spots along with other soft tissue changes to the ligaments, cartilage, discs and tendons.
- Spinal Decay & Degeneration (Pathophysiology)
Your muscles, joints, ligaments and organs show signs of excessive wear and tear causing premature aging, fatigue, less resistance to disease along with a lack of physical and mental vitality. The longer it is there, the worse it will be.
But, it’s Not That Bad . . . . Most of the Time.
If untreated the long term loss of motion and stress put upon the surrounding tissues can lead to calcium deposits and bone spurs. The vertebrae become roughened and can cause compression on the nerves as the discs lose fluid. There are several stages of degeneration that can be noted. As vertebrae degenerate, symptoms of pain can become more common and health problems can continue to progress.
Other symptoms that can occur are disc problems. Disc problems are forms of subluxation that many people have but the condition is minor and not noticeable. But even if someone is unaware of subluxation, body function is still reduced.
What About My Discs?
Discs have two parts the hard outer part called the annulus and softer jelly-like inner part called the nucleus. Weakening or serious damage can be caused from repetitive strains like sitting for long periods of time, excessive wear and tear or from traumatic injuries.
There are two common Disc problems we see in our Chiropractic clinic:
- Bulging Discs
Bulging discs are common problem were a weakened area of the annulus (fibrous tissue) allows the softer jelly-like nucleus of the disc to bulge outward like a balloon. This outward bulging can put pressure on the nearby nerves. Bulging disc cases respond well to chiropractic care.
- A Herniated or Ruptured Disc
A Herniated or Ruptured Disc can be more serious. These types of problems can occur anywhere in the spine but are most commonly seen in the low back. This is when part of the jelly-like nucleus pushes out of the annulus and into the spinal canal. These injuries are usually due to trauma or long-term degeneration.
Chiropractic care along with simple home exercise and improved nutrition can offer a natural, non-surgical resolution to many disc problems. Chiropractic care can frequently help heal disc tissue and offer relief to the pain that accompanies disc problems.
How Can You Help Me Perform at My Peak?
Chiropractic Wellness deals with more than just subluxation. Chiropractic Wellness addresses the areas of stress in the body and mind, minimizes stress and assists in recovery from stress. When stress is removed, the body is allowed to heal itself. Call 520.989.3338 today and start your path to functioning at 100% of your potential.