What Causes the Need for an Adjustment of the Spine?
At this time of the year, it is common for me to see an increase in patients coming in for chiropractic adjustments, and back pain treatment
related to sports injuries, and just being more active. In the winter, we tend to be less active. When the warmer weather comes, and we become more active, it is common to pull, tweak, or pop something in our backs and necks.
How can having your chiropractor correcting your spinal Subluxations reduce pain? First, let's start with defining a chiropractic subluxation. The medical dictionary defines a subluxation as a bone that is out of its normal position within a joint. This is a pathological condition.
A chiropractic subluxation refers to a joint in the body that doesn't have its normal full range of motion which we refer to as Hypo-mobility. This is a functional condition, there is a difference between a pathological and functional condition. You may or may not notice when you develop a subluxation.
For example, if you sit at a computer for a few hours a day, on a daily basis, you may create a misalignment in your spine or hips that you may just attribute to being stiff. This creates the need for a spine adjustment. Alternatively, the subluxation can be more traumatic. For example, rolling your ankle and thinking that you are fortunate to have not injured yourself worse so you just walk it off.
This will most likely result in a subluxation in your ankle and pelvis. If left untreated, it may develop into a chronic problem. There are many typical causes of a subluxation ranging from car accidents, sports injuries, repetitive stresses, digestive and nutritional imbalances, as well as strong emotional stressors. These are all well known needs for a chiropractic adjustment.
Now let me explain a few things that occur when a spinal vertebra is subluxated, or that vertebra is in a state of Hypo-mobility. In between every spinal vertebra in your spine exists a spinal nerve. This nerve is responsible for innervating muscles, bones, skin, organs and everything in between.
The innervations control the proper function of every system along the path of the nerve. Sometimes, multiple vertebral levels branch off to join and form a larger nerve, for example, the SCIATIC nerve. At the level of vertebral subluxation, certain physiological changes will begin to take place.