Are you suffering from vertebral subluxation, or uncertain about what it is?
In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about what causes subluxation and how a professional can help treat it.
What is Vertebral Subluxation?
Vertebral subluxation is a condition where the alignment, movement integrity, and general functions of the spine are impaired.
In many cases, vertebral subluxation causes multiple other conditions or ailments, but treating the core cause can help alleviate symptoms.
Some people ask questions like “Is subluxation a real thing?” and the answer is, of course, yes.
However, because it can include various components, not all of which are necessary for something to be a subluxation, it’s also okay to understand it as a collection of problems.
Vertebral subluxation is distinct from the regular definition of subluxation, which is a significant structural displacement that is always visible on X-rays and similar diagnostics.
Some chiropractors prefer terms like “bone out of place,” or BOOP, to describe this condition.
In short, the spine is designed to work in a certain way, and problems with the alignment of the spine may affect anything connected to it. This is a position-based problem, as opposed to a microbe-based problem like many diseases.
What is a subluxation diagnosis?
A subluxation diagnosis is a formal determination that you are suffering from any form of subluxation neck or spine.
In most cases, this is necessary for insurance companies to know what causes subluxation, cover treatment, and for a chiropractor or other qualified healthcare providers to give treatment for your condition.
Only a trained professional can determine what causes subluxation spine, whether you have a subluxation or another problem.
Do not attempt to self-diagnose or self-treat subluxation spine unless instructed to do so by a qualified medical professional.
What are the signs and symptoms of subluxation?
Here are the primary signs and symptoms of subluxation from a misaligned spine.
Abnormal Motions Or Positions Of Spinal Bones
This condition mainly affects the motion and position of the spine and vertebrae. The main impact is limited ability to bend or turn your body, which is inconvenient at the best of times and even worse if you are ‘locked’ into an awkward position.
This is usually the main component of vertebral subluxation and can cause all of the other signs and symptoms. As such, most professionals focus on treating this first and individually addressing other symptoms only if they persist.
Abnormalities In The Nervous System
This occurs when improper spinal activity irritates, pulls on, or blocks nerve tissues. This can cause a variety of symptoms throughout the body because many nerves connect directly to the spinal cord, though symptoms usually show up near the spine itself.
The most practical way of addressing this is moving the spine into a position where it no longer affects nerve tissues. Pain management techniques can help reduce the sensations caused by abnormalities in the nervous system, but addressing the root cause is always better when it’s possible to do so.
Abnormalities In Muscle Function
Various muscles support the spine. When these pull too much or too little, they can spasm or start to atrophy. This makes it even harder to move like normal and is a direct cause of other medical conditions.
Treating this typically requires multiple spinal adjustments. The reason for this is that weakened muscles often tug the spine back out of alignment, so the spine needs to be adjusted over and over until the muscles return to working as they should.
Abnormalities In Soft Tissues
When the spine changes too much, it can cause increased blood flow or lymph supply. This may sound positive at first, but this also means a rise in temperature that can lead to inflammation, degeneration, tearing, hernias, and even permanent damage to soft tissues.
Preventing this is part of why you should seek treatment for vertebral subluxation as early as possible.
Abnormalities In Spine And Body Functions
This isn’t the same thing as the abnormal motions and movement range described above. Abnormal functions can cause spinal decay, scar tissues, nerve dysfunction, and many other issues throughout the body.
The brain and the heart are often considered the most important organs, despite the way the body needs many organs to function, but the spine is unquestionably the most important bone.
Between holding up the structure of the body and managing communications for the nervous system, any problems with the spine can cause severe issues over time.
Can Vertebral Subluxation really affect other diseases and conditions?
That’s a matter of extensive scholarly debate.
The human body is extraordinarily complex, and many factors can determine whether or not subluxation affects people in the same way.
No serious practitioner believes, for example, that the only thing needed to treat the flu is a spinal adjustment. That’s not how the flu or our immune systems work.
However, cells may transmit information to the brain about the status of infections in a particular area, which could affect other physiological responses.
Humans can address an impressively wide variety of conditions and ailments without external support. This isn’t an all-powerful self-healing mechanism, as witnessed by the need for our modern medical infrastructure, but even many medical procedures are really just designed to remove problems and let the body take care of the rest on its own.
In this sense, subluxation is not a cure for many problems, nor is it intended to be. However, it may help the body cure itself faster and more effectively by removing spine-based impediments that slow messages, give bad data to the brain, or otherwise harm the spinal area and distract the body from other problems.
Metaphorically, treating vertebral subluxation is similar to cleaning icy roads so cars can drive on them safely. The car itself may function regardless of the condition of the roads, but keeping paths clear makes it safer and easier for the vehicle to reach its destination.
How do you fix a subluxation?
The best way to fix a subluxation depends on the location of the problem. Subluxation neck issues, for example, can be very different from subluxation spine problems located lower in the body.
The preferred treatment for most subluxations is a high-velocity low amplitude thrust from a qualified chiropractor to help push spinal segments back into the correct position. The frequency of these spinal adjustments varies, from every few weeks to multiple times in a session.
The spine helps manage the entire body, so we recommend participating in whole-body exercises that encourage a range of motion. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, you may need to go through decompression or other spine-care techniques.
In severe cases, you may need surgery to repair your spine. This is not preferred for most patients and is not available as chiropractic care, but could be necessary in cases like spinal fusion or where bone growths are preventing proper spinal alignment.
Spinal Subluxation Exercises
If you’re dealing with vertebral subluxation, here are some exercises that can help your spine.
Do not attempt to ‘force’ any of these exercises if your body is incapable of the movement. That can lead to severe and permanent harm. Talk to your chiropractor or your doctor about any exercise techniques that you are struggling to perform. They may be able to suggest alternatives that can provide similar benefits.
Good Stretching Policies
- Work your way from top to bottom. This allows you to use muscles you’ve already stretched as you go down your body, which is generally smoother and more effective than doing random parts at different times.
- Only stretch to the point of feeling mild tension. If you feel pain, you’re going too far.
- Hold your stretches for up to twenty seconds. Do not ‘bounce’ by going as far as you can, then immediately recoiling. This is not safe for your body.
- Do not hold your breath while stretching. Instead, inhale before stretching and exhale while stretching.
- Stretch for approximately the same amount of time on both sides of the body unless directed otherwise. This helps keep muscles on all sides the same, which is key to keeping various parts of your body in alignment.
- Stand with your feet on the floor, your knees bent just a bit, and your head forward.
- Tilt your chin towards your chest.
- Slowly turn your head to the left until your chin is in line with your left shoulder and hold.
- Repeat, but to the right instead of the left.
- Tilt your head to the left, so your left ear is towards your left shoulder.
- Repeat, but to the right instead of the left.
- Return to your starting stance.
- Begin by lying down on your stomach.
- Slowly prop yourself up with your elbows to extend your back.
- Straighten your elbows and extend your back further, stopping when you feel a mild stretch in your back.
- Hold this position.
- Return to your starting position.
It takes time to gain the full range of motion, especially if you aren’t used to stretching, so don’t try to stretch further than you’re comfortable with. Your body will improve over time.
Contact Beach Pain Center
If you think you’re suffering from vertebral subluxation or another spine-related problem, contact Beach Pain Center at 817.547.0846. Our qualified personnel can give you a personal assessment and help determine what you’re suffering from and how to treat it so you can minimize or even eliminate your pain.