The 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
- Neuropathophysiology (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, the spine can weaken or even atrophy.
- Histiopathology (Abnormal soft tissue function) - inflammation
and swelling due to injured disc accompany the accumulation of blood and
lymph - causing a rise in temperature.
- Pathophysiology - 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 source of health problems.
Chiropractor 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