What Causes Subluxations? How Are They Corrected?

SubluxationsSubluxation is a condition in which a vertebra in your spine has been partially moved out of its place. As you can imagine, this can cause considerable discomfort and pain because of the pressure that gets exerted on adjacent muscles, blood vessels and nerves in the spinal column.

Subluxations can lead to herniated disc, slipped disc, pinched nerve or bulging disc amongst others. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of this condition, it is important to see a chiropractor right away. Call Lakeland Spine Center to schedule your appointment today.

The Causes Of Subluxations

You can cause a subluxation in multiple different ways, the most common of which would be though physical trauma. This can be due to sports, especially high impact sports such as rugby or ice hockey, due to slipping and falling or due to an accident such as being hit by a vehicle to name a few. Even the whiplash caused by such an accident can cause a subluxation.

Constant physical stress can be enough to subluxate the spine such as going to work every day with a heavy bag only strapped onto one shoulder or even sitting with bad posture for long periods of time.

Mental and emotional stress can be a factor that causes subluxations since stress causes fatigue as well as tightening of your shoulder, neck and back muscles which can in turn put pressure on the spine causing a subluxation. Taking care of the muscular structure of your back is also important since it helps support the spine.

A deficiency in calcium could lead to muscle spasms which in severe cases can also cause a subluxation. This is just one of the many chemical imbalances in the body that can cause subluxations.

Methods Used To Correct Subluxations

Chiropractors specialize in adjusting and manipulating the spine in order to give it proper alignment and are specialists in correcting subluxation and other spinal misalignments.

An experienced chiropractor can bring the misaligned vertebrae back to their proper position in the spinal column through spinal adjustment using their hands. Through the use of thrusts with controlled force in specific locations and in specific directions, your chiropractor will help restore the mobility as well as the alignment of the vertebrae in your back. It is not uncommon for some chiropractors to use instruments that help detect a subluxation and also adjust the spine.

Chiropractic adjustments are almost always painless however if there is inflammation due to a severe injury sustained through an accident or other circumstance involving significant trauma, you may experience a certain level of discomfort.