Chiropractic doctors use the term "subluxation" to refer to a vertebral dislocation that often results in functional loss. The chiropractor locates the spot in which to perform spinal adjustments as a result of this dislocation. In medical terminology, a dislocation refers to a detachment (partial) of the articular surfaces of a joint. Chiropractic doctors further contribute to this description by defining it as a biomechanical and physiological change to the dynamics of the adjacent structure, which may lead to neural impairment.
Subluxations are regarded as a process that goes through many stages of tissue change. The stages may include hyperemia, congestion, edema, minute hemorrhages, fibrosis, atrophy, and rigidity.
Overall, chiropractic care aims to reduce subluxations in order to facilitate nerve function and motion range. The chiropractor's attention is directed towards the spine to deal with the dysfunction that is causing impaired function. Spinal manipulation or adjustment is the method used for this. A widely use form of treatment, spinal manipulation helps patients with low-back pain, as well as those with other types of conditions.
Typically, the adjustment is done manually with high-velocity thrusts that can relieve the pressure in the joints. During treatment, some patients report to feeling slight, temporary discomfort.
Studies point to the positive effect of spinal adjustments on the motor, sensory, and sympathetic nervous system. Spinal adjustments offer a wide range of sensory and motor benefits. Skin pain tolerance, less muscle tension and pain, as well as less pain are reported. The effects on the sympathetic nervous system include: more blood flow and reduction in blood pressure.
Actual chiropractic adjustment methods vary. They are performed in accordance with the patient's requirements. In addition, spinal manipulation is considered an art form by some, insofar as chiropractors are required to be skillful experts of spinal manipulation. A chiropractor needs to know when to ? and when not to ? perform an adjustment. Chiropractic doctors undergo many years of training and schooling to be able to gain proper knowledge on how to apply spinal adjustments for subluxation treatment.
The actual number of required treatments for subluxations varies from patient to patient. Treatment plans are in accordance with different factors: gravity of injury, risk factors (depression, for example), and nutritional needs ? just to name a few. An uncomplicated case of lumbar sprain, for example, usually requires four to six weeks of treatment.
Many findings have pointed out the attendant benefits of spinal manipulation, like: 1. An increase in function and reduced symptoms of low-back pain 2. Chronic back pain relief and improved function 3. Cardiovascular and strengthening exercises, if included in the treatment regimen, give a boost to the treatment of back pain, protecting against reoccurrence 4. A reduction of leg pain and sciatica
Additionally, the use of diagnostic imaging (a MRI, X-ray, and/or CT scan) can be useful to patients who suffer from sciatica. These tests can help determine whether there is more serious condition, such as a tumor. People who do not respond to the regular treatment regimen and those with acute symptoms can also be helped with diagnostic imaging.
You can also do your part to care for your spinal health by following a few tips. They include: 1. Exercising. Regularity is the key, not intensity. Taking a walk three times per week can do a lot for your spinal health. 2. Do not smoke 3. Watching your posture 4. Eating well-balanced meals and watching your weight 5. Be attuned to body mechanics when weight lifting 6. Staying active
Chiropractic care is a choice. By making the choice, you receive a treatment approach that does not rely on the use of medication, and circumvents intrusive surgeries. Chiropractic care looks to facilitate spinal movement and function, at the same time that it addresses pain and inflammation. In addition to its usual techniques, chiropractic care can employ rehabilitative exercises, lifestyle counseling, and ice/heat therapy. Ask you chiropractor about subluxations and how his/her spinal adjustments can help.