Are you suffering from subluxation of the spine? If you have misaligned vertebrae that are causing changes in your body, you may have this condition. Subluxation of the spine is when there is one or several bones in your spine begin to move out of the normal position.
This then creates pressure on the nerves and irritates the spine. It is important that you immediately seek medical attention so that you may be given proper treatment for it. Nevertheless, it is still important to know as much as you can about it if you think that you have this condition. In this article, let’s get to know some of the ways on how to fix subluxation of the spine.
Understanding the Importance of the Spine
The signals coming from your brain to the rest of your body are sent as electrical impulses. These impulses move through the spinal cord and throughout the different nerve fibers of your body. The spinal cord is delicate but it is protected by the tunnel created by small, interlocking bones which we know as the spinal column.
The spinal column has individual bones that are known as vertebrae. The nerves coming from our spinal cord branch off through tiny openings in between the vertebrae. Ideally, each of our vertebrae is in the right position so that the nerve fibers can pass through smoothly and not cause any problems. The nerve pulses can freely flow through and be able to communicate with our brain at high speeds.
Our spinal column is actually sturdy. The vertebrae, however, may sometimes have problems when it becomes misplaced. If this happens, then you have a vertebral subluxation. Among the most common reasons why a person suffers from vertebral subluxation is when he or she has been in a car accident. Nevertheless, there are plenty of activities in our everyday lives that can cause this as well. For example, if you like playing sports, if you’re picking up or carrying heavy objects, as well as sitting for long periods, you may put a lot of stress on your vertebrae.
How Does a Subluxation Occur?
In the most elementary sense, a subluxation happens if one or some of the spine’s bones move out of its position. This creates pressure and irritates the nerves in your spine. The spinal nerves are those nerves that come through between each of the vertebrae of your spine. The pressure or the irritation may cause your nerves to not function properly and then interfere with the signals traveling through your nerves.
Our nervous system then coordinates as well as controls each of our body’s functions. If there is anything that interferes with the traveling signals through your nerves, there will be some parts of your body that won’t be able to receive the right nerve messages. They will also not have the ability to function well. Consequently, when a vertebral subluxation happens, then there are going to parts of your body that won’t be working properly.
Over time, the changes in your spine may become worse. Such changes are what are known to be “subluxation degeneration.” If you have subluxation of the spine and you do not seek medical attention for it, the changes will continue to progress and it will eventually result in damage to your spine’s structure, like scoliosis, as well as function. Apart from that, you may experience nerve damage and other related problems because of inadequate nerve supply.
What is Subluxation of the Spine?
The subluxation of the spine involves combined changes that happen over the same time period. Such changes happen not just in the spine but as well as throughout the rest of your body. This is known as vertebral subluxation complex because there are so many changes happening in the body during the same period. For chiropractors, there are five common categories of the vertebral subluxation complex.
• Nerve malfunction: Many studies show that even a small change in the pressure on your spinal nerves can greatly affect the way that they function. This component of the complex is known as neuropathology.
• Vertebral Involvement: This is when your vertebrae do not move properly, are out of the right position, or are in the process of going through degeneration and other physical changes. This component of the vertebral subluxation complex is also known as kinesiopathology.
• Soft tissue component: This component happens when you have misaligned vertebrae that put pressure on your nerves. This can result in changes happening to the soft tissues around the nerves. This includes your tendons and ligaments and other tissues. This component is called histopathology.
• Involvement of muscles: To be able to hold your vertebrae in the right place, the muscles are an important part of your body. Since it is the nerves controlling the muscles, the muscles are integral in the vertebral subluxation complex. Your muscles both affect and are also affected by the complex. This component is called myopathology.
• Chemical component: This component of the vertebral subluxation complex happens when all of the other components are affecting your body and are causing chemical changes. Such changes may be only minimal while some cases may have significant changes. This highly depends on which parts of your body are being affected by the subluxation. This component is known as biochemical abnormalities.
What is NUCCA Treatment?
NUCCA is a kind of chiropractic field of specialization. It means National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. This treatment involves safe as well as painless correction of the spine. This means that there is no twisting and no popping of your spine, particularly the first vertebrae where the head and your neck meets. It is called the C1 or the atlas vertebra.
This vertebra is the first one that connects with your spinal cord or brain stem. It is where your body’s communication point passes through. Therefore, any kind of pressure, tension, or stress on your brain stem may block the flow of important messages from the brain to the body and back.
When the atlas vertebra or C1 is corrected, this means your central nervous system which is your brain and spinal cord will be back in the correct alignment. When there is subluxation of the spine, the whole nervous system will be affected. It may cause changes to the spine and pelvis, distorting them from their proper alignment. This is because of the contraction of your spinal muscles.
How to Fix Subluxation of the Spine?
With the NUCCA treatment, your vertebrae will be adjusted so that the subluxation of the spine can be corrected. Doing this will restore the spinal balance as well as muscle control of your body. When this is done, then you will have a clear and free nerve pathway throughout the rest of your body.
To be able to start the NUCCA treatment, you first have to undergo certain tests such as X-rays so that the doctor can analyze the problem with your spine. The X-rays will be detailed ones so. Upon assessment, the doctor will then develop a specific treatment plan for you.
The adjustments that will be done to your spine will be very gentle. The usual position for the treatment is that the patient will be asked to lie on your right or left side, depending on the findings of the doctor from the X-rays. The doctor will then make very gentle adjustments to your spine using his or her hands. Before this procedure is done, the doctor has prepared for the careful and detailed calculations on the amount of adjustment to be made. The treatment usually lasts for six weeks but this depends from case to case. Some may need less time while other cases may require more.
If you suspect that you have subluxation of the spine, it is important that you go to your doctor immediately so you can discuss how to fix subluxation of the spine. Make sure that you give as much detail as you can on what your discomforts are as well as the other symptoms relating to changes happening on your body.
If it is a vertebral subluxation complex, then you and your physician should discuss the available options for treatment such as the NUCCA treatment. The sooner that you can identify that there is something wrong in your body, the sooner you can also consult a specialist for treatments that you may consider.
Dr. Tymothy L. Flory graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. Before opening Atlas Brain Spine, Dr. Flory practiced Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Flory completed Board Certification of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association in 2012 and is currently a Credentialed Instructor for the organization.