There are several definitions of Subluxation floating around. Medical Doctors have one; Chiropractic Doctors have another. A MEDICAL Subluxation represents a dislocation in the spine, where the joints actually separate from each other. This is vastly different than a Chiropractic Subluxation.
Quite simply, any misalignment in the spine or extremities (arms and legs) that interferes with normal nerve system function but doesn’t actually dislocate from adjacent joints.
What causes Subluxation?
When our bodies are confronted with stress (physically, chemically, emotionally) we can lose our ability to adapt to that stress after repeated or prolonged exposures. This adaptation is a natural healing response to stress and is controlled by a part of your nerve system called the Sympathetic Nerve System. A great example would be if a person stayed in an emotionally abusive relationship for many years. It is entirely possible that their defensive mechanisms would deal with that stress effectively for a short period; after 5,10, 15, 20 years, it may not be the same! You would be hard pressed to find a doctor of any kind that wouldn’t recognize the devastating effects of staying in a relationship like that.
What are your options when confronted with other stress like:
- poor posture
- bad diet
- environmental toxins
- or physical injuries?
You only have two choices: First, you can avoid the stress. Easier said than done, I know. Second, you can adapt to that stressor differently so it doesn’t exert the same negative effect. This is where Chiropractic Care really shines!!!
Chiropractic adjustments are delivered to remove nerve system interference and affords just that opportunity. In other words, remove the Subluxation and your body enjoys a greater capacity to deal with stress, affording better health. This occurs through a nerve system that sees its environment differently and consequently, deals with stress better. There are literally TENS of studies that have been completed (in the Medical and Chiropractic literature) demonstrating the changes, neurologically, after a Chiropractic Adjustment.
Ask Harvard, University of Chicago, or University of Texas, to name a few!