When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a vertebral subluxation, or more precisely, the Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC). VSC can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or sudden trauma to repetitive (chronic) microtrauma or hours of sitting in front of a computer screen. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it puts pressure on nerves, blood vessels and other surrounding structures. This pressure is both physical and electrical, by altering the magnetic fields that surround any structure that carries an electrical charge.
VSC interrupts the natural nerve pathways that carry messages to and from the brain. These electrical messages are necessary for not only function, but health as well! Remember our entire body depends on the brain for direction. Whether it's digesting a meal or generating a new heart cell, our bodies are totally dependent on the brain. This rather obvious illustration says it best... How well would your heart function if your head was chopped off? I know it sounds silly, but if 100% blockage produces zero life and health, shouldn't our goal be zero blockage? In addition, as time goes by and the subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs can begin to degenerate, leading to arthritis.
This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by and the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. Because the body is a remarkable machine, it will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. The longer the subluxation is left untreated, the longer it will take to return the vertebrae to its normal position.
Chiropractors say, "Regardless of your condition, you are always better off with pressure off the nervous system than with pressure on the nervous system." We don't treat diseases! We remove the interference, releasing the body's innate healing power. This innate healing power is incredibly powerful, and only a chiropractic adjustment has the ability to remove the interference, thereby releasing that awesome "God-given" power.
A vertebral subluxation can be identified by its five components:
- Spinal Kinesiopathology (movement of the bones)
- Neuropathophysiology (nerve dysfunction)
- Myopathology (muscle changes)
- Histopathology (tissue damage)
- Pathophysiology (abnormal growth)
Chiropractors are the ONLY health care professionals specifically trained to detect and correct vertebral subluxations . Small, quick movements to the spine can reposition the vertebrae into its natural position allowing a free flow of energy to every cell, tissue, and organ of the body. Through regular adjustments, vertebral subluxations can be corrected and health restored.