As doctors that are extensively trained in the treatment of vertebral subluxations, chiropractors are different than any other healthcare provider. When treating body pain and injury, most traditional doctors focus on the symptoms and recommend rest to allow the body to heal. The approach is passive, and results are generally poor. In contrast, chiropractic treatments take a much more active role in the diagnosis of the problem and offer direct treatment to the body and the source of the problem. For many cases, the problem is subluxation in an area of the spine.
Subluxation is a word rooted in Latin. The term ‘sub’ means somewhat or slight. The term ‘luxate’ means to dislocate. The two together mean slight dislocation. This slight dislocation is what causes most people pain in their backs, necks, pelvic zones, heads, and more. In fact, a vertebral subluxation can have a ripple effect in the body that causes pain in the extremities. Have you ever popped your back and felt pain subside in another part of the body? This means that you had a subluxation that was impacting your nervous system. While you might be able to give yourself temporary relief with ice and heat, it is not an effective treatment for vertebral subluxation. Only a chiropractor can effectively diagnose and treat subluxations.
When providing chiropractic treatments to a vertebral or spinal subluxation, the doctor returns the misaligned bone to its proper position. This treatment involves a quick thrust and/or movement. Often there is an audible release that sounds like a small popping noise. The correction of a spinal subluxation can also be made using a tool and technique call “Activator” which is less forceful and does not elicit an audible response. Typically these treatments provide instant relief of pain and a feeling of release. Occasionally patients experience minor discomfort following treatments similarly described as how your muscles feel after a good workout. This is due to the body responding to the re-aligned spinal segment or significant muscle tightness. When the spinal segment is misaligned for extended periods of time, muscles and connective tissues compensate for the spinal subluxation by training themselves in new positions. When the bone is put back into place, the muscles may attempt to pull it back out. With consistent treatment of spinal subluxations, the body learns to keep the bone in its proper position.
Ultimately, the goal of treatments chiropractic Miami practitioners deliver is to align the body and allow the nervous, muscular, circulatory, and skeletal systems to operate at full capacity. When there is a subluxation, the flow of information and energy through the body is disrupted. Chiropractors are extensively trained in restoring spinal alignment which improves the flow of information and energy through the body, allowing it to heal itself.
There are several components that contribute to the occurrence of a vertebral subluxation, and they often occur in clusters, with each contributing to the other. These components are:
- Nervous System
- Soft Tissue
- Body Chemistry (Inflammation)
Failure to effectively treat can lead to more pain at best, and crippling chronic pain at worst. Victims of subluxation often end up developing arthritis, loss of movement, bone spurs, ruptured disks in the spine, muscle spasms, weakness, and more. Chiropractors are physicians that can offer the correct chiropractic treatments for vertebral subluxations.