What is a subluxation?
The word "subluxation" comes from the Latin words meaning "to dislocate" (luxare) and "somewhat or slightly" (sub). A subluxation means a slight dislocation (misalignment) or bio-mechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (the bones of the spine). These disturbances may irritate nerve roots and the blood vessels which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae. This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue, as well as neurologic imbalance in the normal body process.
Now this is the technical definition, many patients are not worried about the definition, instead they want tot know what is going on in their bodies. Well, in simpler terms, this is where a joint or many joints that have become misaligned from there natural position. This in turn has put improper pressure on neighboring tissues, thus causing pain receptors to fire. The body is very intelligent, and like a car will signal to you that something is not working correctly. At that point it's the drivers decision, to either a) take care of the issue, get it checked, and get the problem fixed, or b) ignore the issue put a sticky note over the check engine light (i.e. take medication to mask the pain), and pretend that the issue doesn't exist. Well we all know, if we take option b) the problem might go away temporarily, but usually comes back with a vengeance at a later time, usually causing even more damage or usually more expense as well.
So what does all this mean, if we get the problems identified in a timely fashion, it can be an easy fix, but if we wait, the problem can magnify and the fix tends to be far more complicated/expensive.
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