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What is a subluxation?
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Subluxation (misalignment) is a term used by chiropractors to describe a bone or joint that has lost proper position and alignment which then leads to abnormal motion and movement within the adjacent vertebrae.
Subluxations can occur in a variety of ways including: birth, injuries, traumas, falls, poor posture, repetitive stress, toxins, and emotional stress. Sometimes when given enough rest and under optimal conditions, the body can correct for small subluxations on it’s own. Subluxations become problematic when the stressors placed on the spine become repetitive and severe enough that the body does not have enough rest time in between to correct for them.
How does this affect you?
Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over your nerves ( subluxations/misalignemnts in the vertebral joints), parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their abilities.
Your brain is fed through movement, %60 of which is coming from your spine (%33 coming from your upper cervical spine), and when the movement is altered due to abnormal position and alignment (subluxation), it can have a profound effect on the input (“food”) into your brain.
It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations and correct them. 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.
How do we get subluxations (misalignments)?
Infant subluxations can occur as early as in-utero from abnormal position due to torsion placed on the uterus from pelvic subluxatoins in the mother, or from the 60-90 lbs of pressure placed on the infants spine during their journey through the birth canal. During the first year of life an infant’s spine develops %50 of it’s original length, at no other time does this rapid growth occur. There are many developmental milestones a young infant goes through within the first year of life; learning to hold up their head, learning to sit, learning to crawl, learning to stand and learning to walk. These milestones can interfere with the growth and development of both the spine and nervous system which is why it makes it important to have their spines checked during each of these milestones by a qualified chiropractor.
Children experience physical stress on their bodies every day. Prolonged car rides, poor posture (at school and home), heavy backpacks and small accidents while learning to ride a bike, ski or skate are just a few of the stressors that can cause a misalignment in your child’s spine. This makes it important for parents to have their child’s spine checked on a regular basis throughout the growing years to ensure proper development of the spine and nervous system.
Pregnancy puts extra stress on your spine, alters your center of gravity, widens your rib cage, increases the pressure placed on your discs and facet joints, tilts your pelvis anterior thus pulling your sacrum forward. All these postural changes progress with pregnancy and may not only make the woman feel discomfort but also make less room for baby to grow and move into it’s ideal position for birth. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy has shown to help relieve symptoms of discomfort while preparing the women’s pelvis for labor and delivery in the hopes or preventing any unnecessary interventions.
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