A subluxation - short for Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) - is an abnormal
condition commonly involving several vertebrae. It occurs when vertebrae
in your spine lose their normal position and/or motion. This causes
pressure to be applied to spinal nerve roots. Studies have shown that even
minimal pressure and loss of motion can decrease nerve conduction by over
30 percent! This means that the brain does not communicate as effectively with the muscles and organs of our bodies. Chiropractic adjustments are designed to restore position and movement of these subluxated areas to improve and restore nerve conduction by removing pressure on these nerve tracts.
Subluxations most often occur in response to the daily stresses placed on our bodies. Common things such as emotional stress, poor posture from sitting in
front of a computer or standing at a workstation for a long time may lead
to subluxations. Car accidents, improper lifting or work injuries are
other common causes of VSC. Many health problems, including subluxations, are subtle in the early stages of development.
In the same way that a cavity or heart problem can be overlooked before causing
pain or other warning signs, a spinal problem may develop and exist for years
before causing difficulties. Heart disease and cancer do not manifest overnight
and therefore cannot be treated overnight. It takes a treatment plan that
must be closely followed to properly deal with these conditions.
Subluxations are not corrected overnight either, the frequency and
duration of your recommended treatment plan will depend on the severity
and duration of the issues facing each individual patient. To detect the possible onset of a VSC, your chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination, including a detailed history, orthopaedic, neurological and postural evaluations, and possibly an X-ray (radiographs) if your Doctor deems these to be necessary to fully assess your condition. Your chiropractor is uniquely qualified to recognize and diagnose spine related injuries.
Chiropractors are the only Doctors with specialized training to correct spinal problems and their multiple effects.