Q&A: Calgary Chiropractor Answers Q’s About Subluxations
Did you know that an aching knee, sore back or painful hip could all be something that chiropractors refer to as a “subluxation”?
Luckily, chiropractors are equipped with the skillset to help you recover from such injuries.
Here are five frequently asked questions many people have about subluxations.
Why haven’t I heard about subluxations before?
The term “subluxation” is a chiropractic term used to describe when two bones have shifted into a position that is out of place, causing interference with nerve function. A common example is a slipped spinal disc.
- See How Disc Injuries are Treated at RHC today.
Subluxations have not received the same attention from media institutions as other medical conditions such as cancer or HIV have, that’s a given, and may be why you haven’t heard of the term before.
However, addressing a subluxation, whether it be of the spinal column or extremity joint, is just as important because the nerve interference they create are often an underlying root cause of many other health issues.
Some subluxations may be obvious, while others not so much.
A person may not even know they have a subluxation as they can appear long before warning signs and symptoms do.
A thorough chiropractic assessment will single out the location and severity of spinal cord and / or extremity joint subluxations a patient may have.
How do you get subluxations?
Subluxations can happen in several different ways, but basically there are three main categories you should be aware of:
- Physical – When a force is applied to a part of the body that causes an injury. Could include slipping on ice, getting into a car accident, or improper weight lifting to name a few
- Emotional – When overwhelmed by fear, worry or anger, our bodies could experience a subluxation because of the changes they undergo during these emotions
- Chemical – When our bodies experience exposure to harmful substances such as alcohol, drugs and pollution, subluxations can occur. Mal-nutrition could also be a cause of subluxation(s).
What’s the best way to treat subluxations?
The best way to treat subluxations is to book an appointment with a chiropractor for an assessment, then schedule further adjustments if recommended to do so by him / her. Also see 5 Crucial Steps to Reaching Optimal Health through Chiropractic Care.
Chiropractors have the ability to address any spinal cord and extremity joint subluxations, improving the function of the nervous system complex around the injured area and enhancing the feedback from the adjusted “circuit breaker” to the brain and from the brain back to the body.
A secondary form of treatment for subluxations, especially ones that fall into the “chemical” category, is nutrition to remove nutritional deficiencies and / or chemical toxicities that are at the root cause of nervous system interference.
Can subluxations clear up by themselves?
The chances of a subluxation healing itself is low because of the fast-paced lifestyle we live today. Dr. Battershill believes that once you have nerve interference created by a subluxation, that circuit breaker must be reset.
This nerve interference affects the circuits of muscles, organs, glands, immune system and everything that is wired into that circuit, which is why it’s so important to address subluxations as they come.
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