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A subluxation is a slight dislocation that will decrease normal motion into the joint which will decrease neurological and muscle function. A subluxation can cause severe pain, numbness, tingling, and or loss of function. These problems can be all together or they can some individually. A subluxation can not always be seen on an X-Ray. When a person has a subluxation the receptors in the muscles and tendons around the joint that is subluxated will tighten and can put pressure on a nerve or a group of nerves. This pressure can and often does lock down a group of moving and functioning joints. The body does this to ensure stability or the spinal cord and nervous system. One of the problems with this is that if you have a force that is spread out over 5 discs then the motion is also spread out over those 5 discs. If the muscles lock down and thus decrease motion in 2-3 of those joints then the force is now spread out over 2 discs instead of 5. This change in force, and motion over time can cause significant degradation to the spine. This degradation can cause herniation of discs, radiation pain, head aches, localized pain, especially in the neck and low back.
A subluxation can cause slight pressure on a nerve that will not result in any pain however will reduce the information that the nerve carries to and from the brain. These subluxations are the most dangerous. The reason these subluxations are so dangerous is because they can lead to a large number of problems. These subluxations can cause, sinus infections, acid reflux/GURD, weak muscles, loss of coordination, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea/loose stools, poor posture, loss of normal muscle tone, and many more. This is why it is so important to be checked for and have subluxations adjusted.
A person normally acquires subluxations from many of life's daily activities. The most common of these activities are posture and abnormal force. Subluxations occurring from posture are normally caused from using computers, watching TV, reading/studying, and any position that is awkward or is held for a period of time. Abnormal force can be stepping off a curb and not noticing, abnormal sleep posture, wrestling with friends, falling down, car wrecks, carrying a backpack and all athletic activities.
The question of "how long will I have subluxations?" or "when will I no longer need to get adjusted?" are asked by almost everyone. The answer to this is that as long as you are putting yourself into strange positions while at night or during work and athletics you are subjected to acquiring a subluxation. This is why many doctors and patients choose to find an adjusting schedule to maintain a healthy spine which will increase over all health and well being. If you have any specific questions or concerns please call the office at 214-446-5300.
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