Subluxation is a Latin term comprised of 'sub' which means less than and 'luxation' which means dislocation. A Vertebral Subluxation refers to a spinal bone which is out of alignment and no longer operates normally. Subluxations exert pressure on the nervous system, causing disruption in nerve function.
Subluxations can arise from physical, chemical or emotional stress. Physical stress is the most common type of stress. Examples are motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall injuries, sports injuries, and giving birth. Birth produces vertebral subluxation, especially when forceps or vacuum extraction is used during delivery. Up to 70 pounds of pressure are exerted on the newborn's head and neck, causing serious subluxations to develop.
Chemical stresses affect the nervous system. Examples of chemical stressors include pollutants in the environment, drugs, alcohol and a poor diet. These substances can act to irritate and prevent optimal functioning of the nervous system, as well as many other systems of the body, causing negative chemical imbalances.
Emotional stress can put a great demand on the spinal joints, muscles and the nervous system. Emotional stress from experiencing relationship troubles, being stuck in traffic, or overwhelmed at work builds up the tension in our muscles and joints, and if left alone uncorrected over time, will eventually lead to headaches, spinal pain, high blood pressure and anxiety. Tension is increased primarily in the upper back, shoulders and neck muscles and will produce subluxation. Emotions also play an important role in the healing process because negative thoughts can actually hinder healing.
No matter the type of stress being placed on the nervous system, stress of any kind will cause a negative outcome. Vertebral subluxation will develop, causing further nerve interference. Whenever the nervous system is interfered with, the connection between brain and body is impaired, and there may be far reaching effects on any cells, tissues and organs of the body.
Chiropractors correct subluxations.