subluxationAs chiropractors, one of the most challenging concepts for us to communicate to our patients is the harmful effects of vertebral subluxation. The term “subluxation” is shrouded in mystery. Subluxation is a little bit like an archaeological discovery.  We hear about an excavation on the news and we know it’s a big thing, but we don’t know what it means to our day-to-day lives. We know that subluxation is important, but we’re not sure how it ties into our overall health.

Either through a physical trauma or daily wear and tear, vertebrae lose their normal position and they interfere with the nerves that they were meant to protect.  Interference causes pressure on the spinal cord and/or on the nerve roots that pass through the spinal column. This misalignment of the vertebrae and pinch of the nerves is called a subluxation. Subluxation is the most common aspect of what doctors call the vertebral subluxation complex. The Complex describes what happens when spinal bones lose their normal position and motion from stress, trauma, or chemical imbalances.

The vertebral subluxation complex is the underlying cause of many healthcare problems. Such as the following:

Headache. Not the garden variety headache that you get when you’re sitting in traffic. We’re talking about headaches that occur at the base of the skull, pain and numbness in the face, and stiffness or loss of normal movement of the neck. Shoulder, arms, and hand problems including pain, numbness, and loss of strength.  Nerve related problems involving eyes, ears, nose and throat.

Tension. Tension between the shoulder, mid-back pain, pain wrapping around the rib cage, and problems affecting the heart.

Back/Lower Back.  Low back pain, pain in the legs, disc problems. In addition, hip pain, groin pain, lower abdominal pain, bladder and bowel problems, a variety of reproductive problems, and circulation issues in the lower body.

Spine. Pain at the base of the spine, bladder and bowel problems, hip pain, and sacroiliac pain.

At Hruby Chiropractic, we don’t treat this is as a disease. Rather than talk about ways to avoid subluxation, we talk about being proactive, taking a wellness approach. Let’s talk about getting adjusted regularly to maintain your health and reach your full potential in every area of life.

Don’t wait for the pain to begin by twisting your back while shoveling snow, sensing the tinge of pain while gardening, or feeling tightness in your lower back after a golf swing. Come to us now and let’s talk about your daily lives, responsibilities, and activities. We believe in purpose driven health by maintaining wellness in the first place.