Did you know that there are 24 bones that make up the spine. Those bones are called vertebras and between each vertebrae there is a pad of tissue called a disc. Each disc absorbs the shock that your body makes during each movement and helps the body to move freely. A tunnel called the spinal canal runs down through the middle of the vertebras. The spinal canal is attached to nerves that exit between the bones and go to each part of the body. Together each of these parts work to allow the body to bend and stretch without pain. This can be described as a healthy spine or one without subluxations.
What is a subluxation you may ask? It may be described as bones of the spine that are not functioning or moving as they should and may be out of their normal position and the nerves that exit from between the bones have pressure and are continuously irritated or significantly pinched. Some of the symptoms you may have as a result of a subluxation are pain, numbness, tingling, a dull ache, or a feeling of pins and needles.
There are many ways that subluxations can occur. Common subluxations may be caused from an auto accident, a fall, or a sports injury. You can also acquire an injury at work caused from heavy or repetitive labor, sitting in front of a computer for a long time, holding a phone incorrectly, or extensive traveling in cars or planes. Stress can cause a subluxation because the muscles that are attached to the spine pull bones out of place during general tension. Exercise done incorrectly or lack of exercise can cause vertebras to dislocate. Some genetic conditions such as scoliosis, bone malformations or arthritic conditions can cause subluxations. Things that we don’t think of such as poor posture, weight, sleep positions, or pregnancy can cause the body to become subluxated. If these things are not corrected or treated properly they can heal incorrectly and cause problems in the future.
Regular chiropractic adjustments keep the spinal column aligned which tells the nerves to send signals to the rest of the body helping to keep them functioning properly and healthy.