What is a subluxation?
When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation.
How do you get subluxations?
Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. Repetitive motions and improper lifting also cause subluxations.
- Slips and falls
- Repetitive Motions
- Improper lifting
- Emotional stress (anger, fear, etc)
- Chemicals (alcohol, drugs, pollution)
- Poor diet
How do I know if I have a subluxation?
Subluxations do not always result in symptoms right away. Subluxations can be present before warning signs appear, much like a cavity in a tooth or even cancer. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways of messages sent to and from the brain which need to be clear in order to be interpreted properly.
As time goes by and a subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs can begin to degenerate. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by. Surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. The body is an amazing machine. It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is to correct.
Can subluxations clear up on their own?
Sometimes, however because of today's lifestyles, chronic subluxations may not fix themselves and it's then when you need a chiropractor.
Can children get subluxations?
Of course! Even childbirth can cause subluxations because of the amount of stress the little ones endure on the way into the world. Even daily activities such as falls, tumbles when learning how to walk, etc. cause subluxations. Poor appetite, unexpected crying, irritability and sleeplessness are signs of subluxations.
Can pets/companion animals get subluxations?
Anything with a spine is prone to subluxations. Jumping, rough play, falling, going up and down stairs, jumping on and off furniture are just a few of the things dogs and horses do that cause subluxations. Agility and performance animals are particularly prone to subluxations due to their rigorous training and competing. The only difference from people is that animals are treated with a technique known as Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM).
Can you see subluxations on X-rays?
Sometimes yes, but more often than not, subluxations cannot be seen in x-rays, especially in animals. However, VOM detects and corrects the subluxations many times BEFORE a symptom or problems develops.