Vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of one or more vertebrae in the spine
It interferes with the spinal cord or the nerves that exit between the vertebrae and directly affects the nervous system or areas of the body controlled by it.
Subluxation and your health
The purpose of the nervous system is to control and coordinate the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system in the body and to maintain a state of optimal health and well-being.
The nervous system is also responsible for sending and synchronising messages to and from the brain, maintaining open communication between “the boss” (the brain) and all its dependencies (cells, tissues, organs and systems) within our body.
A subluxation can disrupt or prevent the normal flow of impulses from the brain to the rest of of the body.
Over time, the subluxation can cause discomfort or health problems because it prevents the body’s systems (digestion, immune system, breathing, etc.) from functioning at it’s full capacity.
The Doctor of Chiropractic corrects vertebral subluxations using specific, safe and controlled pressure, known as a chiropractic adjustment.
Once the subluxation is corrected, the individual’s nervous system will improve and begin to manifest a higher quality of life and health.
Subluxations can have several components: biomechanical, neurological, as well as psychosocial. Daily living habits and stress can be factors that lead to subluxations.
Physical stress (bad posture, repetitive movements, falls or accidents, etc.), chemical stress (smoking, unbalanced hormones, processed foods, alcohol, etc.) and emotional stress (quarrels with partners, conflicts at work, loss of a loved one, etc.) can contribute to unbalanced health and cause subluxations.
Eliminating and preventing subluxations of the nervous system helps to improve nerve communications and increase the level of our health in a natural way, decreasing the use of medication.
Difference between dislocation and subluxation
A dislocation is defined as the complete removal of a bone from its joint.
For example, a shoulder dislocation is defined as a complete displacement of the head of the humerus from its joint in the glenoid cavity. It differs from subluxation because, in the latter, the displacement is not complete, but only limited and partial displacement of the two articular surfaces.
In the case of the spine, vertebral luxacion is a dislocation, a complete misalignment of a vertebra, with possible rupture of ligaments and vertebral fractures and instability of the spine, preventing movement.
However, a vertebral subluxation is a vertebral dysfunction (only partial alteration of vertebral position or movement), which causes interference with the nervous system without vertebral rupture or fractures.