If you have chronic back pain or neck pain, it could be due to a misalignment in the spine. If this is the case, seeing a chiropractor for an adjustment could be your best option to getting out of pain and getting back to doing the things you enjoy. When your vertebrae come out of alignment, this can place pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord, causing extreme pain. This is what chiropractic specialists refer to as a subluxation.
What Exactly is a Spinal Subluxation?
A subluxation of the spine occurs when a vertebral joint begins to partially dislocate. If this happens, it’s important to see a chiropractor in order to receive the proper treatment to realign the spine. A subluxation left untreated can result in severe pain and trigger degeneration in the surrounding areas, making this condition much more difficult to reverse.
You can experience a subluxation in any number of places, though some joints are more likely to be affected than others. Some more commonly affected joints are the spine, shoulder, elbow, and kneecap.
How Do You Know If You Might Have a Subluxation?
Contrary to a dislocation, subluxations often go unseen, and are noticed only as they worsen over time. Symptoms can vary depending on the location and severity of the affected joints.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, consider setting up a chiropractic appointment for a manual adjustment:
- Pain in the surrounding area of the joint
- Swelling in the surrounding area of the joint
- Limited mobility
- Feeling of instability in the joint
- Numbness or tingling
How is This Condition Caused?
Whether you’ve been experiencing the pain associated with a subluxation for a while or this is a new condition, you maybe wondering why the problem is there to begin with. There are many different causes for a subluxation of the spine, including:
Physical trauma: This is one of the most common causes of subluxations. Experiencing a sudden trauma, such as a car accident or a slip and fall, can cause the vertebral joint to start to slip out of place.
Sleeping in a bad position: Pay attention to the way you’re laying down to fall asleep. If your back is misaligned or in an awkward position night after night, it could contribute to a subluxation.
Poor posture: Whether you’re standing or sitting, maintaining proper posture is extremely important to keep proper alignment through the spine and keep everything functioning as it should be.
Childbirth: Child birthis extremely hard on the body. The changes that the body goes through to maintain a new human life can really take a toll, and cause a lot of back pain and pressure, which can easily lead to a partial dislocation of a joint.
Toxins: When we ingest toxins, whether it be from the environment or from the food we eat, it throws our whole body out of balance, and hinders proper function. If the chemicals weare ingesting start fluctuating, the muscles can start to contract or weaken, making our body more susceptible to a subluxation.
Stressful emotional state: If you are often in a state of stress, this can cause tension and strain in the back and neck. This imbalance can cause the muscles to become tight and bring your vertebrae out of alignment.
You can help prevent a subluxation from occurring by staying active and consuming healthy foods to strengthen and protect the body, as well as maintaining good habits, such as proper posture and eliminating stressors.
No matter what the cause for your subluxation, seeing a chiropractor for a manual adjustment is one of the most effective treatment options to bring you back into alignment.
How Does a Chiropractic Adjustment Work to Provide Pain Relief?
After an initial examination, a chiropractor can make gentle adjustments and spinal manipulations to return the vertebrae back to their proper position in the spinal column, relieving you from pain and providing renewed wellness and healing.
Getting a chiropractic adjustment early on when a subluxation occurs is vital to ensure the joint is brought back into the correct alignment. Chiropractic care works to relieve pain by realigning the spine and readjusting subluxations to maintain proper function throughout the body.
To learn more about how you can find lasting pain relief from a subluxation through a chiropractic adjustment, give us a call and set up an appointment today.