Q. Why do I need to go to a chiropractor?
Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the need to maintain
the health of their spines or that the health of their spines
have a huge impact on their general health. Vertebral Subluxation
(VS) is a condition that is a severe detriment to a persons
spinal and general health. Chiropractors are the only health care
professionals specifically trained in the art and science of correcting
Q. What is a Subluxation?
In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation
or VS for short) is when one or more of the bones of your spine
(vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate
spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from
between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation
then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with signals
traveling over them.
Q. How does a Subluxation affect my life?
Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions
of your body. Your spinal cord and spinal nerves are the link
between your brain and your body. If you interfere with the signals
traveling over the spinal cord and spinal nerves, parts of your
body will not get the proper messages and will not be able to
function 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some
part of your body will not be working properly.
Q. What causes Vertebral Subluxation?
In the simplest terms, Vertebral Subluxation, is caused by the
various stresses of life. There are major categories of stresses
in a persons life.
These are easiest to identify and include: Car accidents,
slips and falls, and repetitive use or overuse injuries (e.g.
the mailman walk miles everyday with a heavy sack hanging from
the same shoulder for many months or years). Less obvious members
of this category include, undetected birth traumas, mothers carrying
their children, The small falls of childhood (children are estimated
to fall 3,000 times before their third birthday), the impacts
and bumps of sports, and many more.
Mental/Emotional Stress To understand how this
type of stress might effect our spines, picture a cat when it
feels threatened or is about to fight. Emotional stress creates
a change in our posture and muscle tone that can change the position
of our spinal bones. Examples of these kinds of stresses include:
financial stress, work stress, stress with family or spouses,
lose of a loved one, moving of your home, pressure for adolescents
and children to fit in, and many more. It is not unusual for a
person to carry specific stresses with them for many years or
Chemical In our everyday lives we are exposed to
toxins that are irritating and poisonous to our bodies. These
toxins include: preservatives in our food, spoiled foods, second
hand smoke, fumes, dust and chemicals in the work place. Exposure
to such toxins can create stress responses in the body similar
to those described above.
Q. What are some signs that I may have Vertebral Subluxation?
These are some outward signs that Subluxation is present in a
changes What many people call bad posture is really your
bodys attempt to take pressure off of one of more regions
of the spine. Examples of this are:
||Craning forward of the head, shoulders that
are held high, are uneven, and/or are rounded forward.
||Loss or exaggeration of a low back curve. Buttocks
appear flat or overly rounded.
Uneven hips. One hip is held higher than the other, or when
lying belly down, one hip is pushed backward further than
||Uneven legs. One leg is longer than the other.
||Head tilt/ rotation. When viewing a person head
on, their head appears to turn slightly or tilt to one side.
range of motion Examples of these are: inability to turn
ones head when backing out of a parking space. Inability
to straighten up (one feels stooped over)
that dont heal This includes muscles spasms that
are constant, or come and go, in the same area of the body. Numbness
and tingling that comes and goes. Tightness in the neck, back,
shoulders, or hips.
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