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Subluxations: How Much Damage Do They Cause?

A simple definition of a chiropractic subluxation is an interference in the normal communication through the nervous system. This can be caused by a spinal bone being stuck out of place, moving in an abnormal direction, or not moving at all.

When the bone is stuck out of position it is like it is sitting on the nerve choking it off. Kinda like when you sit for Sitting in Theatre too long in the movie theatre and your leg goes to sleep. An important thing to note in this situation is that you rarely notice that it is happening. You feel fine until you try to get up. When you stand up you experience a lot of pins and needles as the leg comes back to life. This shows how you can develope dysfunction without feeling it and when the bone is out of place this is often the same type of thing that happens, just at a much slower rate and a more permanent result.

When the bone is moving in an abnormal motion it will irritate the nerve. This Irritating Shoes is a lot like a nice a pair of shoes that don't fit properly. They slide on your heel with each step. You might not even notice or you do notice and think it will be fine because it is just a little movement. Then you go out for a short 5 km run and the next day you have a blister. When this type of improper movement happens with your bones it can irritate the nerve in the same way. This causes the nerve to send an irritated signal. Kinda like static on a phone conversation. This will affect any area those nerves go. It might be the muscles in your feet or the blood supply to your scalp. In any case it means you won't be functioning as well as you could be.

The last situation is when the bone is not moving at all and the brain loses track of where that bone is. Every time a bone moves it sends signals to the brain so it can keep track of its position and what it is doing. If the brain doesn't get those signals it gets confused and loses control of Radar Error that area. It is much like how the control tower keeps track of all the air planes in the sky. The air plane is constantly sending a signal back to the tower. That way the tower can tell it to alter its course if necessary. The tower can see all the other planes too and it makes sure that they don't crash into each other. If one plane stops sending a signal then all the plans are in trouble. In the body if a joint gets stuck and stops sending signals to the brain then not just that joint is in trouble but all of the joints that depend on the movement of that joint are also going to be in trouble.

The most important thing to realize about subluxation is that most of the time the damage that is occurring is happening in silence. The chiropractor is able to detect the subluxation long before it causes permenant damage and long before any symptoms start. The image below shows you the damage that long term subluxation will create. The disc will become thinner and possibly herniate. The bone will become rough around the edges and more brittle and less mobile. The nerves will become thinner and less effective at carrying a strong message. All of this addes up to a decreased quality of life and quite possibly a shorter life due to the creation of some type of disease.


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