What is a Subluxation?
A vertebral subluxation is the painless movement of a spinal bone which interferes with the nervous system. The nervous system is the means of communication from the brain to every function of the body. As subluxations progress with time they have a continued worsening affect on the spine. This process can be followed and seen on x-rays. It is characterized by spinal degeneration, disc degeneration and osteoarthritis.
Subluxations do not normally cause pain, this is because there are two different nerve fiber; sensory and motor. Sensory fibers relay information such as taste, pain and temperature and motor fibers transmit information from the brain to the muscles, organs and glands. If a subluxation is irritating a sensory nerve, it "MIGHT" cause pain. However, 67% of the nerve fibers are motor and therefore subluxations on these nerves would cause dysfunction in a muscle, organ or gland. That is why pain is not a good indicator that there is or is not a subluxation.
What causes subluxations?
Subluxations are caused by an inability of the body to adapt to stress. Stress comes in three forms: Physical (Ex. Falls, car accidents, childbirth, lifting injuries, falls off bicycles, sleds, snowboards, skis, surfboards, sports injuries). Chemical (Ex. Environmental pollutions, food additives, poor diet, alcohol, medications including aspirin, allergy medications and shots, inhalers, antihistamines, antibiotics, cough and cold medicines). Emotional (Ex. Arguing, road rage, traffic, job stress, marital stress, parental stress).
Doctors of Chiropractic are the only professionals that are trained to detect and correct vertebral subluxations.