Chiropractic is about correcting the "Vertebral Subluxation Complex" aka "subluxation". Subluxations involve spinal joints that have either misaligned or become restricted to the normal ranges of motion. This can cause pain, numbness, radicular pain, visceral problems, and a host of other symptoms. It might lead to arthritis and degeneration in the affected part of the spine if not corrected. But there are ways to keep your spine healthy and minimize the presence of subluxations.
If you have ever been treated at Agape Chiropractic, you may have noticed that we always recommend daily at home range of motion exercises. We do this because using your spinal range of motion properly and sufficiently is one way to keep your spine healthier and prevent subluxations. Sometimes when doing the exercises, you might hear some "cracks". Please don't confuse this with chiropractic. That is, you can not "adjust" yourself. The audible releases you hear might be beneficial in maintaining joint mobility. But you should not intentionally strive for audibles when doing your stretching exercises. If they happen, they happen. The exercises are simply intended to increase blood flow and keep the joints and muscles flexible. And quite frankly, if everyone did the proper spinal exercises every day, there would be a lot of chiropractors out of business because there would be less subluxations to correct.
But once the subluxation is present, just doing the exercises is usually not enough to correct the problem. That is why so many people have the same pains return in the same place as always. Have you ever known someone who chronically "throws their back out" or has chronic headaches? The pains seem to come and go and don't leave for good until the correction is made and then maintained with the proper exercises. Correcting the subluxation requires a chiropractic correction followed by supportive exercises to maintain the normal spinal function.
If you have been given exercises to do by your chiropractor, let this serve as a reminder of their benefits and an encouragement to press on. If you have not had your spine checked for subluxations and don't know what exercises to do, contact your local chiropractor today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Michael Haley
Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
Some of the effects of spinal misalignments (subluxations) are listed. Chiropractic care is for correction of vertebral subluxations.
|C1||Headaches, migraine headaches, nervousness, insomnia, head colds, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, dizziness|
|C2||Allergies, sinus problems, crossed eyes, certain cases of blindness, deafness, earache|
|C3||Neuralgia, neuritis, acne or pimples, eczema|
|C4||Hay fever, hearing loss, adenoids|
|C5||Laryngitis, sore throat|
|C6||Stiff neck, pain in upper arm, tonsillitis, whooping cough|
|C7||Bursitis, colds, thyroid conditions|
|T1||Asthma, cough, shortness of breath, pain in lower arms and hands|
|T2||Functional heart/chest conditions|
|T3||Bronchitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, congestion, influenza|
|T4||Cholecystitis, gallstones, jaundice, shingles|
|T5||Hepatic cirrhosis, low blood pressure, anemia, poor circulation, arthritis|
|T6||Indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia|
|T7||Ulcers, gastritis, diabetes|
|T10||Hardening of the arteries, chronic fatigue, nephritis, pyelitis|
|T11||acne, pimples, eczema, boils|
|T12||Rheumatism, gas pains, sterility|
|L1||Constipation, colitis, dysentery, diarrhea, hernias|
|L2||Cramps, difficulty breathing, acidosis, varicose veins|
|L3||Bladder troubles, menstrual troubles and irregularity, miscarriages, impotency, knee pains|
|L4||Sciatica, low back pain, prostatitis, urinary urgency, frequent urination|
|L5||Poor circulation in the legs, swollen ankles, cold feet, weakness in the legs, leg cramps|
|Sacrum||Sacroiliac pains, spinal curvatures|
|Coccyx||Hemorrhoids, pruritis, coccygodynia (coccyodynia)|
The picture demonstrates a sick spinal nerve. It is circled. This is the result of a subluxation. In this case, the nerves above and below are unaffected.
subluxation (sub''luk-sa'shun) - Any vertebrae which has lost its proper juxta-position with the bone above, below, or both, which impinges on a nerve and interferes with mental impulses. That is, a spinal misalignment or malfunction that doesn't allow your body's communication system to work properly.
For the technically inclined:
There are several components of a subluxation. They include:
- spinal kinesiopathology - (ki-ne"se-o-pah-thol'o-je) bone misalignment and joint malfunction such as in hyper or hypo-mobility.
- neuropathophysiology - (nu"ro-path"o-fiz"e-ol'o-je) nerve malfunction and nerve pathological changes resulting from the nerve being stretched, pinched, impinged upon, or irritated.
- myopathology - (mi-o-pah-thol'o-je) dis-ease of the muscles, seen as muscle spasms, contractures, atrophy, and/or weakness. This can cause a change in the makeup of the muscle by replacing healthy contractile tissue with fibrotic and less elastic tissue.
- histopathology - (his'to-pah-thol'o-je) changes of the involved soft tissues of the vertebral subluxation complex including discs, ligaments, blood supply and lymph supply.
- pathophysiology - (path"o-fiz"e-ol'o-je) cummulative degenerative arthritic changes that occur to the soft tissues and bones of the involved vertebrae.
These terms are used to describe the changes that take place with the involved tissues of the vertebral subluxation complex. Pathophysiology also occurs at the innervated tissue level. The malfunctioning nerves will result in less than normal function in the tissues they innervate. This means that a subluxation can cause an organ to work less than 100% and become sick. For a list of some of the effects of subluxations, please see the Chart.
Chiropractic is based on the understanding that our bodies are in a continuous state of healing. Healing takes place in all living people. This healing is directed by the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). This is the focus of the Chiropractor; to make sure the communication is open from the brain to the body and from the body back to the brain. We detect subluxations in the spine which can hinder these communications.
Chiropractic is a drugless profession! Drugs can hinder healing. Drugs often cover symptoms and mask the problem so the patient "feels" good. Meanwhile, the disease processes continue for years till finally the inevitable happens. Symptoms, such as pain, occur for a reason. If we continue to cover the symptoms with drugs we never get to the underlying cause. Additionally, drugs have side effects. The side effects tend to outweigh any perceived benefits of the drugs.
Chiropractic uses specific osseous adjustments to align the vertebrae, improve segmental function, and remove interference. This is accomplished in a variety of ways and is usually not only painless, but often feels good. The result is a healthier better working body.
Chiropractic encourages good nutrition, exercise, rest, and spiritual wellness. These are necessary components for good health. Your Chiropractor may provide you with advice in these areas, however, the focus is always removing nervous interference.
Chiropractors do not treat diseases. We simply detect and correct subluxations. Subluxations cause dis-ease. Removing subluxations will allow the body to work better.
For a better explanation of subluxation, click here.
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Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
Yesterday, a patient came to my Pompano Beach chiropractic clinic complaining of numbness in the hand, which happens especially at night. He works in a factory atmosphere and heavily relies on the use of his hands. He had already self-diagnosed himself with carpal tunnel syndrome. He was hoping that I could somehow help him avoid a surgery to fix the problem since he doesn't have insurance and chiropractors are much more affordable.