What is a Vertebral Subluxation?
Vertebral subluxation is an alteration of normal spinal position which by the nature of the anatomy of the spinal column, will negatively impact the delicate nervous system tissues that travel through it.
These shifts in spinal structure are quite common and occur regularly throughout a lifetime due to the many stressors we encounter in all stages of early development, childhood and as adults.
Stress comes in many forms and we can each relate to how significantly it affects us.
While there is extensive research on early life stress and the damaging effects of chronic stress on health and quality of life, much of the healthcare community and public have failed to recognize how this excessive stress impacts the structural and neurological integrity of our spine and nervous system.
Growing research is not only showing how general stress negatively affects the brain, but also specifically how altered spinal alignment and range of motion negatively affects the brain.
In a 2016 paper found in the journal, Neural Plasticity, it was found using fMRI that adjusting vertebral subluxations altered somatosensory processing particularly in the prefrontal cortex.
Other researchers also using fMRI are finding that vertebral subluxation in the upper neck “can affect or cause neural compromise, and/or some may contribute to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow obstruction as well as arteriovenous compromise.” Of particular importance to note is that correcting the misalignment shows improved venous and cerebrospinal fluid flow.
If left unchecked, excessive stress accumulates and causes these distortions of the spine which further impair our nervous system’s function and ability to adapt successfully to the environment, both externally and internally.
It is our ability to adapt which ultimately to life’s many external demands as well as the constant demands within the body that result in our ability to be well.
When that ability to adapt is interfered with by the presence of vertebral subluxation, it naturally interferes with our health and quality of life.
This leads to the accelerated breakdown of our bodies, health and function.
Chiropractic discovered over 100 years ago that these alterations in normal spinal structure do in fact negatively impact our health and function, that they can be corrected and that maintaining optimal spinal structure throughout a lifetime has positive health benefits.
It’s a simple concept based upon our intricate anatomy.
Like other simple concepts such as eating well, moving our bodies, having a positive attitude and brushing our teeth, chiropractic reaps huge rewards for those who utilize it as a means to correct and remove this serious form of neurological interference.
Find a Doctor of Chiropractic
To determine if vertebral subluxation may be negatively impacting the health and life of you and and your family, it is critical that you have an examination with a chiropractor specifically trained to locate and correct these imbalances as not all chiropractors receive this specific training.
IFCO doctors are dedicated to refining their expertise in this very specific area. Know that when you are search our directory below you will be finding a doctor of chiropractic who is dedicated to subluxation correction.