Whether through in-person interactions or via online research, you may have noticed the term “subluxation” being thrown around quite a bit. It’s commonly used in reference to chiropractic treatment or maladies of the spine and, by extension, the nervous system. But we often take this knowledge for granted, and sometimes we forget that not everyone is well-versed in the glossary of a chiropractic physician. What does the term subluxation actually mean? How is it officially defined? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean for you, and how can it be treated? Let’s take a look at some of these questions now.
First of all, how can “subluxation” be defined? A subluxation is just a fancy term for a misaligned vertebra. The vertebrae are the bones that make up your spine. They are surrounded by muscles, nerves, and tissue, and they fit together like building blocks. This modularity allows your spine the flexibility to bend, twist, and move. But sometimes, repetitive movement or violent trauma can shift a vertebra from its normal position. Whether it’s bulging outward or twisted at an angle, this unnaturally-shifted state is known as subluxation.
So what does this mean for you? Why should you care if your spine is subluxated? A subluxated vertebra can lead to many health problems. When your spine is misaligned, your nervous system is unable to function with maximum efficiency. Your nervous system is in charge of motor controls, sensations, and involuntary bodily processes. If your nervous system is impeded, then one or all of these processes may suffer as a result. Subluxation can lead to back pain, neck pain, headaches, dizziness, brain fog, and even digestive issues. In other words, subluxation needs to be corrected as soon as possible.
In order to experience a full quality of life, the chiropractor can identify and correct any subluxated vertebrae. How do they do it? Chiropractors use hyper-concentrated, non-intrusive spinal adjustments to manipulate the vertebrae and guide them back into their correct positions. Over time, you will begin to see a gradual improvement in your posture, as well as a decrease in pain, headaches, and other issues related to the nervous system.
If you are experiencing any kind of chronic pain or discomfort, make an appointment with your local chiropractor. You may have a subluxated vertebra causing a pinched nerve. If you’re in the Greenville area, consider making Wirth Chiropractic your physician of choice. Find our contact information on our website and schedule your free consultation today!