subluxation is a term commonly used by Chiropractors to describe
an abnormally functioning spinal joint that may have adverse effects
on the health of the nervous system. To summarize, a subluxation
- Abnormal movement of a joint that can result
in restricted, painful or unstable motion.
- Changes in the type or number of signals passing
through a spinal nerve.
- Changes in muscle tension, strength and endurance.
- Changes to the local circulation due to altered
joint movement or inflammation.
- Degenerative changes to surrounding connective
tissue (tendons & ligaments) and bone.
In the absence of pain, a person may not be aware
that there is any problem with their spine. Long-term subluxation
degeneration can occur without pain and the effects on spinal or
nervous system health may therefore go unnoticed, or may be ignored.
Degenerative changes and postural abnormalities of the spine can
be seen clearly on plain film x-rays.
subluxation can affect nervous system health by altering the interaction
between different senses (e.g. hearing, vision & spinal joint
position sense) and the information passing from spinal muscles
and joints to specific areas of the nervous system that control
vital organs and the immune system. It can therefore have an effect
on local nerve circuits, or nerve circuits located higher up in
the nervous system such as the brain, brainstem and cerebellum.
A subluxation can be corrected when a chiropractor
performs an 'adjustment', which is a gentle and specific thrust
applied to the spine in order to restore normal joint function.
An adjustment can be performed on people of all ages including new
born babies and the elderly, provided they are first examined by
a qualified chiropractor. While chiropractors are well trained to
recognize more serious health problems that require other forms
of treatment, chiropractic care is far safer than drugs or surgery
for the management of many spinal and nervous system problems.
A chiropractic adjustment aims to enhance the potential of the spine
to promote a healthy and balanced nervous system.