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subluxation

According to the American Chiropractic Association and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges the definition of a subluxation is:

“A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity, and may influence organ system function and general health.”

What does this mean?  Vertebra in your spine can become misaligned or misplaced, where their joints do not move as fluidly as they should.  Two vertebra become stuck or restricted together.  This is what chiropractors call a subluxation.  Subluxation means incomplete or partial dislocation.

Why is this important?

The spine has 24 vertebra from our head to our pelvis.  Each individual vertebrae needs to move independently of the one above and below it.  Due to many different things, your spine can develop subluxations.  Subluxations can happen at two or more levels.  Subluxations can irritate and/or put pressure on the nerve that exits at that spinal level.

Nerves are very sensitive structures in our body.  When there is pressure on them, they can cause problems in the body.   Every nerve that comes out from your spine goes to three things: an area of your skin, a muscle group and an organ system.  When a subluxation is present in your spine, you can experience different things, such as numbness and/or tingling, they can affect your muscles causing muscle weakness, muscle contractions or muscle spasms and they can even cause a decrease in organ function.  Subluxations can cause any combination of these things and of various degrees.  The last thing to show up in a subluxation is pain.  However, you will experience pain only in the most acute or extreme situation.  This is why pain is a very poor indicator for health.  Ninety percent of the time you will have a decrease in function BEFORE you experience any pain. This decrease in function can look like headaches, fatigue, sleeping difficulty, sinus or allergy issues, digestion problems, breathing problems, a weakened immune system or frequently getting sick, numbness/tingling, chronic tightness in your neck, shoulders, mid back or low back,  just to name a few.

Why should you care?

As long as subluxations are present in your spine, your body will be operating at a decreased level of function and does NOT have the ability to heal itself.  In the presence of subluxations, your brain cannot communicate efficiently to that specific part of your body.  Without proper communication from your brain, your body simply cannot and will not heal.  Subluxations can contribute to many symptoms and health problems.  Chiropractors are trained to seek out, locate and correct subluxations by delivering a chiropractic adjustment.  A chiropractic adjustment is very specific and corrects the subluxation by putting motion back into that spinal level.   This motion releases the pressure on the nerve and restores proper brain body communication.  Proper brain body communication is essential for you to be health and at your best.

Life depends on you being at your best.  Chiropractic can help you function better to get more out of your life.  Your spine is the gateway to your overall health and how well you function.  If you have never been checked by a chiropractor before, give me a call to come in and simply get checked.  It will take 30 minutes of your time to get educated about your spine.  I will do this at my expense.  To schedule your free screening, call 630-548-0700.

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Primary Cause or Secondary Effect?

Knee pain can be very debilitating for some people, especially if you are a physically active person.  If you are used to being active and exercising regularly, knee pain can really set you back.  What most people don’t understand is that even though you experience symptoms of some kind in your knee, the knee itself may not be the primary cause of problem.

If you have recently twisted your knee or have an old injury it’s safe to assume that it may be the cause of the pain.  But, if you have NO HISTORY of stress or trauma to your knee, then the likelihood the knee is the cause of your symptoms is very small.

 Let’s explore what could be happening.

It’s very possible that the cause of your knee pain may be coming from the pelvis and lower back.  In this case,  your knee pain would be the symptom of this misalignment.  If your pelvis and lower back are out of structural alignment, then you will have an imbalance in the length of your legs. 

One leg will become longer and the other will become shorter. This is what is known professionally as a “functional short leg” as opposed to an “anatomical short leg.” An anatomical short leg is when you have fractured one or more of the bones in your leg sometime in your life. 

This can be easily determined by taking a few measurements.  If it is your pelvis or lower back misalignment,  this is now causing a functional short leg and adds more stress to the knee on the side of the short leg.  This would be like walking around all day, everyday with one shoe one and one shoe off.  Over time this will cause extra mechanical stress to your structure.  With every step you take your wearing down the structures of your knee and knee joint. 

Over time your knee cannot adapt to the extra force and wham, you have knee pain. Down the road, if that is not corrected you could find yourself with degeneration and arthritis. Once the structure of the pelvis and lower back are aligned, the extra stress on the knee is normalized and the symptoms disappear.

It starts with strengthening your knee joint  and making sure that your lower back and pelvis are in proper alignment. Symptoms are your body’s way of saying to you that something is not functioning properly. Once you find the  source of stress on your body minimize it and restore normal function, your body has no choice but to be healthy!  

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