Subluxation

Subluxation Defined by a Los Angeles Chiropractor

Subluxation is a term commonly used by chiropractors including Dr. Derratt of Rest and Relax Bodyworks, serving Los Angeles and the surrounding area. It describes when the vertebrae of the spine are not in their proper position, which leads to a loss of function. A subluxation can cause issues with the surrounding nerves as well, but a chiropractor utilizes various nonsurgical techniques to combat the problem.

Definition of a Subluxation

A subluxation is when one or more vertebrae in the spine are out of position. Vertebrae are the bones in the spine, and when they're out of alignment, they can irritate or place excess pressure on the spinal nerves. The pressure or irritation can lead to the nerves malfunctioning and may disrupt the signals sent by those nerves.

Causes of Subluxation

You would think the vertebrae in the spine always remain in their usual position and don't move much just like most bones in the body, but this isn't the case. Three types of stress lead to the vertebrae in the spine becoming out of place. Physical stress is one example. It occurs from accidents and injuries. For example, if you're in a car accident, you might suffer from whiplash, a condition that occurs when the vertebrae in the spine are pushed out of alignment forcefully.

Chemical stress is another cause of subluxation. Chemical stress classifies changes in the spine as a result of alcohol, drugs, food preservatives and artificial flavorings. All of these substances have the potential to alter your muscle tone, which results in changes in your spine. Emotional stress could also contribute to changes in the position of the spine. Emotional stress including fear, grief, anger and various other emotions can lead to the muscles tightening and the spine stiffening. These changes lead to changes in the position of the vertebrae.

What a Los Angeles Chiropractor Does for Subluxations

The chiropractor will begin the process of identifying subluxations by using imaging to take pictures of your spine. From this information, the chiropractor will be able to locate any spinal misalignments and develop a course of action to correct them. One of the most common ways a chiropractor corrects a subluxation is through a spinal alignment. During an alignment, our chiropractor will use his hands to move the vertebrae back in place. The process is noninvasive and doesn't hurt.

Afterwards, blood will flow more optimally through the spine, making the healing process of any injuries occur quicker. It also takes pressure off of the nerves and soft tissue surrounding the spine, which has the ability to reduce any pain or discomfort you have in your back. Realigning the spine will alleviate any nerve-related issues you had as a result of the spinal misalignment. Ultimately, this means the nerves in your body are able to function properly once again.

If you have any back or neck pain or would just like to see if you may have any subluxations, contact Rest and Relax Bodyworks, serving Los Angeles and the surrounding area, by calling 310-479- 1234.

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