The medical definition of a subluxation is an abnormal partial separation of a joint. In a chiropractic context, a subluxation is an altered joint position, particularly the joints of the spine, that results in a loss of function.
Many different factors can result in misalignment of the vertebral joints. If you have a subluxation of the spine, a chiropractor may be able to correct it with a spinal adjustment. But how do you know if you have a spinal subluxation? A chiropractic evaluation can confirm it, but there are some specific symptoms to watch for.
If you do not have the same range of motion in your spine that you used to, it may be a sign of a subluxation. Joints that are subluxated can become stiff and more difficult to move. Joint inflexibility can become a vicious cycle because when you cannot move as easily, you may decrease the amount of exercise that you get, which can make the stiffness worse. Chiropractic adjustment may help to mobilize the joint and increase range of motion and flexibility, allowing you to return to your usual activities.
2. Back or Neck Pain
This may seem obvious, but a subluxation of the spine can result in pain in the neck or back. Sometimes the pain is debilitating, while other times it may seem relatively mild. Neck or back pain is one of the most common reasons that patients decide to see a chiropractor. A vertebral joint that is out of alignment can put pressure on surrounding structures, such as nerves and muscles, that can result in discomfort. Renewing the proper alignment of the joint through adjustment can help to relieve the pressure, which should result in a resolution of the pain.
Not all headaches are caused by spinal subluxation, but if you have recurrent headaches and have ruled out other causes, it may be worthwhile to have an evaluation by a reputable doctor of chiropractic. The pressure in the body that a subluxation can cause may build up at the base of the skull, and headaches can result. Chiropractic adjustment may be a way to release the pressure and relieve the headaches.
4. Other Symptoms
Spinal subluxation can also result in other symptoms that include the following:
- Edema (swelling)
- Hyperemia (excess blood flow)
- Atrophy (muscle wasting)
- Fibrosis (scar tissue)
If you recognize these troubling symptoms and have been unable to find any effective treatment, it may be a good idea to consult a chiropractor. Contact an office to schedule an appointment.
Wikipedia, Chiropractic Care