Subluxation Research

Subluxations are misalignments in the spine that can lead to general pain and discomfort, as well as additional health problems and complications. Chiropractors can help with relief and get to the root of the problem so you don’t gloss over the issue, but instead find the right treatment for your particular case. Because everyone with is unique and spinal subluxations have different severity, chiropractic adjustments are going to be different for each individual.

Vertebral subluxation complex is often the result of vertebra that has changed and no longer functions properly with surrounding vertebra and/or has lost its normal position within the spinal framework. The spine segments are designed to work together, and when one is forced to work alone, it causes pain and affects motor control. It should be taken seriously because beyond compromising the integrity of the spine, it can influence a person’s overall health and organ system functions.

What Are the Causes of Subluxation?

Each vertebra affects a different part of the body, so the causes of subluxation and the nerve pain will vary from person to person. If you have poor posture, use repetitive motions, don’t lift heavy objects properly, or practice other physical activities that you’ve noticed have caused acute trauma to the spine, contact your chiropractor. Lifestyle habits can also play a role in the health of our spine, and everything from stress to nutrition can result in subluxations.

Studies show the primary signs of subluxation are neck pain, headaches, balance problems, low energy, muscle spasms around the spine, reduced mobility, and more. Treatment for subluxation has also shown to improve menstrual health and infertility for women, as well as improve overall wellness. Pain and discomfort are not always indicators of subluxation, and that is why periodic visits to the chiropractor for spinal evaluations allow you to stay proactive and improve the health and strength of your spine, even when you don’t think there is a problem.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractic treatment for subluxations will vary depending on what the chiropractor finds when examining the spine and when learning more about the patient’s lifestyle habits and levels of pain. A chiropractor will release nerve pressure by manipulating the spine using their hands or special tools so the body returns to the correct positioning. While there are different techniques used by chiropractors to correct subluxation, it’s important to understand that it takes time and usually, multiple treatments are necessary to achieve complete relief and correct the problem.

Covering up the symptoms of subluxation with medication only can cause more damage, so it’s best to not delay if you have back pain, suspect a subluxation, or have another reason to visit a chiropractor. A chiropractor will assess leg length, static palpation, thermography, motion abilities, and more to ensure the root of the problem is identified and accurate efforts are applied to permanently correct it. The force administered on the spine is gentle and the adjustments are precise, and the length of treatment is determined based on the results of your assessment.

Whether you are experiencing pain and discomfort due to subluxation, or you want to get an evaluation to ensure your spine is in excellent shape, reach out to a chiropractor today.


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