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What is Spinal Subluxation?

Last updated 6 years ago

The individual components of the spine—the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, nerves and joints—each serve a specific role in maintaining healthy function. However, there are several conditions, including simple aging, that can cause the spinal structure to fail. As this occurs, the nerves may become irritated from the external pressure of obstructive tissue. The process of these changes in the spine is referred to as spinal subluxation, and it is the basis for chiropractic adjustments.

What chiropractors do:

The basic goal of chiropractic is to manipulate hard structures so that irritated soft tissue is allowed to heal. Much of this work takes place in the spine because of the constant pressure applied to your back and neck from daily activities. As the spine becomes realigned, blockages are freed and congestion in the muscles is relieved, thereby alleviating the subluxation. Without treatment, here are some of the changes that may occur in the spinal tissue:

  • Rigidity of the joints and ligaments
  • Development of scar tissue from normal, healthy tissue (Fibrosis)
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Muscle spasms and pain
  • Formation of trigger points within the muscle tissue

When these conditions develop in the spine, effects may be noted throughout the body. As tissue surrounding the nerves becomes damaged, the nerve signals may be altered. The spinal cord sends messages to organs and muscles in every part of the body, so a spinal subluxation can cause radiating effects that may not immediately appear related to the spine. Symptoms ranging from headaches to poor digestive health may be the result of damage in the spinal column. Typically, local symptoms such as pain, numbness, and poor mobility will also be experienced and point to the exact source of the problem.

The specialists of SpineOne can work closely with you to identify the cause of your symptoms and offer personalized treatment. Our services include chiropractic, massage, and physical therapy to support the total health of the spine. Schedule an appointment to address your back pain on our website or call (303) 367-2225. 


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