“Subluxation” is a term applied to that condition where two bony segments of the spine become slightly displaced from their normal positions. It can also be applied to entire regions of the spine when looking in terms of overall posture. As a result, nerve tracks from the brain lose proper "tone" and are impinged to various parts of the body and normal transmission of nerve energy is obstructed. Although not always painful, the vertebral “subluxation” complex (VSC) interferes with proper function and healing of your body. A subluxation in the upper cervical spine (upper neck) can directly affect the brain stem. That area is what we call “Houston Control”. It is a complex extension of the spinal cord, and is extremely unique. Nowhere else in the entire body is there found such a complex integration of the nerve system. The brain stem is responsible for everything that occurs in the body. Mild to moderate irritation of this area results in a loss of normal (healthy) function and will ultimately result in sickness and disease.
When the spine is out of its proper position, our global posture is greatly affected and compromised. This creates body imbalance from head to toe. More weight shifts to one side of the body than the other. If the vertebra are also rotated out of position, they can twist your spinal structure, including the pelvis so that one leg becomes shorter than the other. Not having your posture corrected to restore body balance is like continuing to drive a car that is out of alignment. Your tires are going to wear out prematurely! You can keep replacing tires, but unless you have your car realigned, you will just be wasting your money. The same thing is true for headaches, ADHD, back pain, or hundreds of other conditions that have been known to respond to POSTURAL CARE. You can keep taking medication, doing therapies, or even have surgery, but if your posture (and most specifically the first bone in your neck, Atlas) is out of alignment and causing the problem, it’s not going away until the subluxation is corrected and body balance and "tone" is restored.
Restriction or Distortion of Brain Messages to Difference Parts of the Body
Every cell, organ, or tissue that is not receiving adequate nerve flow and communication from the brain will suffer, malfunction, and sometimes shut down all together. For example: Ball your hand into a fist. This represents your head. Extend your index finger as if you were pointing at someone. Your index finger represents your body. Take a rubber band and wrap it tightly around your index finger at the base of the finger where it is attached to your hand. The rubber band represents your atlas, which is wrapped around the spinal cord at the brain stem level and has shifted out of alignment. Now wait a few minutes….
Your entire finger begins to turn white, red and blue due to the circulation being cut off by the rubber band. You can massage your finger to restore circulation.
You can inject a syringe with pain medication to stop the pain. In severe cases, you can even cut off the finger to erase the pain. However, only the symptoms of the problem have been addressed, not the CAUSE. The pressure from the rubber band is the cause.
The same is true for an subluxation or misalignment. It can constrict or distort proper brain messages to organs and limbs throughout the body. Your feet may hurt or you may be having kidney problems, but the cause of the problem may not be in those areas at all, but in your neck where a misaligned atlas or axis is restricting or distorting messages to areas throughout the body. If your spine remains out of alignment for years, degeneration of organ, muscle, and cell tissue results. Over time, that could be serious, since in many conditions, pain is the last symptom to occur to indicate a problem exists…
NOW HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS!
Repositioning the Vertebrae of the Spine Brings Hope and Healing
The repositioning of the vertebrae is done by hand or by instrument. Depending on the doctor’s technique, it feels like a light tap, a brisk thrust, or soft pressure at the side of the neck as the bone is moved precisely back into its correct position. It is completely “underwhelming”. Patients are often surprised how anti-climactic it is until, over a period of time, they feel their bodies healing. A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT IS NOT A CURE FOR ANYTHING! It simply restores body balance and brain-to-body communication so that organs, limbs, and tissues can resume normal functioning. REMEMBER HEALTHY IS NORMAL AND NORMAL IS HEALTHY!!! The body can now self-heal. That is why we see many different conditions responding to specific chiropractic adjustments.
However, too many of us wait too long to get our spines corrected. This is mainly due to the ignorance of the vital role proper spinal movement and alignment plays in the health of the entire body throughout life. It is becoming increasingly clear that parents should have their children’s spines examined as soon after birth as possible, due to the traumatic procedure of birth, and have periodic check-ups throughout their lives. Countless problems could have been avoided entirely. A properly positioned and moving spine (especially Atlas) is so fundamental to good health, everyone from children to grandparents, need to get their spine and nerve systems examined now!
Come visit us at our Redmond Chiropractic clinic today! Or call to schedule a free phone consultation with Dr. Scott!