Subluxation is a term used by chiropractors and doctors to refer to a partial dislocation of a joint in the body.
It’s a vital chiropractic term that talks about a situation in which a vertebrae moves out of its normal position, interferes with a nerve, thereby irritating the spinal nerves.
These nerves protrude from between the bones of the spine and end up malfunctioning, resulting in serious interferences with the signals that they carry.
This often results in two major problems in the body, including pain and bodily malfunctions.
Subluxation can result in pain either along the course of the nerve or at the point of the nerve pressure. Note here that about as little as 10% of nerve fibers of the trillions found in the body are characterized as pain-sensing nerves.
- Bodily Malfunctions
Subluxations interfere with the process of sending nerve information from the brain that basically travels through your spine and then into the body. When this happens, it leads to bodily malfunctions with serious symptoms that can even result in disease.
Here, the remaining 90% of nerves that aren’t pain-sensing serves are primarily responsible for ensuring the body’s proper function.
Causes of Subluxation
The causes of subluxation have been divided into three main categories: physical, emotional, and chemical.
First off, subluxation can result from physical impacts, such as when the spine suffers physical damage due to activities like sleeping in a weird position or playing sports. The physical impact of these events can result in the misalignment of the vertebrae.
High stress, negative experiences, and thoughts are the emotional causes of subluxation that increase your back and neck tensions, which can further misalign your vertebrae.
Poor diet, pollution, consumption of drugs, and smoking make up the chemical causes of subluxation. These factors can, over time, cause your vertebrae to become out of balance.
Long-Term Effects of Subluxation
It is important to understand here that if subluxation occurs in your body, it can lead to critical long-term effects that eventually become life-changing or life-altering if nothing is done about it.
While the treatment for subluxation is fairly simple, where an experienced chiropractor needs to work on it by adjusting your spine, the effects can be quite extreme.
Take a look at some of the most common long-term effects of subluxation.
Impaired Immune Function
There is no denying that a healthy, well-functioning immune system is one of the most basic and important requirements of a long healthy life. Your immune function can easily be impaired by subluxations because it negatively affects the immune response and increases the susceptibility to serious disease. Furthermore, subluxations affect not just the quantity but also the quality of your white blood cells, which causes more damage to your body’s immune system.
With an impaired immune function, the human body becomes increasingly prone to severe symptoms and frequent infections.
Degenerative Joint Disease
Subluxation causes extra pressure on the bones and disc, leading to a degenerative joint disease, which is also known as osteoarthritis.
This is often referred to as a ‘silent disease process that slowly eats and grinds away at your bone and disc. The more worrying aspect of this disease is that you might not experience any pain initially, particularly during the wearing-out process. Throughout this time, the condition keeps incurring significant damage in your body, and it’s often at that point when you can feel some pain.
Altered Emotional Stability
Not many people are aware that our emotions are related to and have quite a lot to do with our nervous system function. This is why many of us don’t ever relate emotional issues or states with any physical adjustment in the body.
However, it turns out that not only are these two aspects of the human body internally connected, but subluxation directly impacts your emotional states as well as the altered neurochemistry. One of the most serious long-term effects of a subluxation is that it can significantly alter emotional stability over time if we don’t do anything about it.
This is probably why chiropractic care is often suggested to patients who suffer from anxiety attacks, nightmares, panic attacks, general loss of wellbeing, and those with ADD/ADHD. It has been shown to offer fascinating results in these instances, highlighting the importance of getting the right kind of chiropractic care for treating subluxation.
Malfunctioning of Muscles, Organs, and Limbs
Other long-term effects of subluxation include malfunctioning of the muscles, limbs, and organs.
This primarily happens because subluxation creates pressure on the nerves that later interfere with and impact the flow of the nerve transmission. This is the nerve transmission from the brain into the body and backs up through the spinal cord. All of this ultimately leads to symptoms such as weakness, pain, decreased immunity, numbness, and tingling. Other serious effects include eventual disease of the nerves, organs, and glands and loss of normal bodily function.
The ultimate takeaway here is that subluxations aren’t just about misalignment of the vertebrae or dislocating a joint in the body.
They have the potential to lead to systematic disease and dysfunction. Subluxation is about those “silent killers” that are initially completely painless, but over time they can result in significant damage, quite similar to cavities work, for instance.
When subluxations are left untreated, the human body’s first and most initial reaction is to perform poorly on every level.
Poor performance eventually leads to a weakened immune system weakens, decreased strength, and impaired coordination, which negatively affects the normal functioning of your organs.
Often, all of this is coupled with serious pain, stiffness, and fatigue. Apart from the obvious major physical symptoms, some of the long-term side effects of subluxation also include constant stress, impaired emotional stability, and a negative state of mind.
This is why regular chiropractic checkups are essential.
Doctors of Chiropractic or chiropractors are well trained to detect and correct subluxations in the body. They first begin by locating and identifying these misalignments and then carry out a series of adjustments to reduce or correct the misalignments.