What is a Subluxation?
Subluxation is a condition in which one or more spinal bones (vertebra) misalign, gets locked out of place, and alters nerve flow (information transmitted over the nervous system). This most often occurs in the cervical spine (neck), lumbar spine (lower back), or the pelvic/sacrum area (Hips). This leads to obstructed nerve flow through your spinal cord or spinal nerve roots as well as disc degeneration, bones spurs and changes in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding the affected area.
Nerve flow (information transfer) is required for all areas of your body to function properly. So when the spinal bones misalign and lock out of place, altering nerve flow (known as Subluxation), not only is the spine and surrounding area affected, but other areas of your body will malfunction as well. This is because all areas of your body require proper nerve flow in order to work. Any disruption or obstruction in nerve flow, due to a misaligned and locked spinal bone (Subluxation), will cause malfunction with whatever affected organ or gland is at the end of that nerve.
People often associate Subluxation with neck/back pain, or “pinched nerves”. Although that can sometimes be the case, pain happens only in the minority of cases. In most cases, Subluxations (misaligned and locked spinal bones altering nerve flow) will not cause any symptoms at all. You can have no back pain but have a malfunction in other areas of your body due to the disruption of nerve flow as explained above. In these cases, people do not think of Subluxation as the cause of the decreased or altered function they are experiencing. This is because they do not understand the literal connection, through the nervous system, the spine has with all areas of their body.
What Causes Subluxation?
The bones in your spine come together at two small joints and a spinal disc, which all keep the spine lined up while still allowing each spinal bone to independently move. Subluxation is caused by a shift in the alignment of one or more of these small joints or spinal discs that allows for the spinal bones to move out of alignment and lock in that misaligned position.
Subluxation may be caused by any number of traumas or stressors that we all experience throughout our lives. Two of the most common are:
Physical Trauma: both big – motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, sporting injuries, birth, etc., and small – repetitive moments, poor work ergonomics, smartphones, the crossing of the legs when sitting, etc.
Emotional Stress: can often cause tightening of the muscles which pulls the spine out of its proper alignment.
Subluxation can affect children (birth process, falling while playing and walking, emotional stress, etc.) and teens (sports, motor vehicle accidents, poor posture due to smartphones and laptops, etc.). Adults can develop Subluxation for all the same reasons children and teens do, but also because of ongoing wear and tear on their back which leads to spinal bones misaligning and getting locked out of place.
Subluxation Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Auger will feel your spine to see if there are any noticeable misalignments or lack of proper spinal motion. If he detects any, then X-rays will be taken of your spine to determine how much misalignment and lack of motion exists, and how much damage those Subluxations have caused. An appropriate protocol of correcting Subluxations will be recommended, which includes a series of spinal adjustments over time, complimented by muscle re-education and lifestyle changes.