A subluxation is the result of spinal joints with improper motion or position affecting nerve communication between your brain and the rest of your body.
‘Sub’ means less than, ‘luxation’ means dislocation. Medically, a subluxation would mean a partial dislocation. However, in the chiropractic context, a subluxation refers to a lesion or dysfunction in the joint which alters the alignment, movement and/or physiological function. At the same time, contact between the joint surfaces is intact.
A subluxation is a stress response. Muscles may go into spasm. Spinal joints seize up in response to adjacent tissue locking up. This may lead to inflammation in and around the joint after an extensive period of time. This not only interferes with the control and regulation of your body. But most importantly, it hinders communication between the brain and parts of your body.
Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body. These nerve impulses travel through your spine. Therefore, having a spine free of vertebral subluxation is essential for optimal health. Distorted nerve communications can be an underlying cause of many health problems beyond just headaches and back pain.
These secondary problems may have stemmed from merely a mechanical disorder, which consequently affects the organic function and daily activities. For instance, a person with chronic back pain may suffer from poor sleep, poor gut health, depression and perhaps even, incapability to work.
A chiropractic examination is aimed to detect subluxations. The primary goal of chiropractic adjustments is to reduce the effect of subluxations on your nervous system. Apart from that, chiropractic adjustments also result in the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to pain relief.