Vertebral subluxation is the name applied to misalignments of the spinal vertebrae that put pressure on nerves roots. Subluxations can be caused by accidents, tension, over-exertion, and injuries to the spine.
Displacements of spinal vertebrae put stress on the nerves that run through the spinal cord to regulate and control the rest of the body. Stress on these delicate nerves causes malfunctions in the affected tissues and organs. Even slight misalignments in the spine may alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses, preventing the afflicted portion of the body from responding with its full capacity.
Spinal misalignments can leave the body susceptible to health problems when decreased nerve function does not allow it to work properly. Some of the effects of spinal misalignments are listed below. The bones in the tables are from the top of your spine to the bottom. There are seven cervical vertebrae of the neck, twelve thoracic vertebrae of the mid back, five lumbar vertebrae of the lower back, and the base- or tailbone.
Left uncorrected, vertebral subluxations can lead to arthritic changes called subluxation degeneration. This is a relentlessly destructive process caused from neglected spinal misalignments or injury. Because pain is not always present, this condition can go undetected for a long time, just like a cavity decaying in a tooth.
Warning Signs of Spinal Degeneration
1. Limited range of motion: Can you turn your head so your chin is nearly parallel to your shoulder? Can you bend your head so that your ear is within 1-2″ of your shoulder? Without moving your feet, can you swivel your hips and turn your upper body 45 degrees both left and right? Can you swivel from your waist 45 degrees both directions? Keeping your body straight, can you bend forward at the waist until you are parallel with the floor? Can you bend backwards from the waist until you’re looking straight up?2. Imbalance in hips, shoulder, or head. Hips or shoulders that are not level, or a head that tilts to one side are abnormal conditions.
3. Difference in the wear of heels on hard soled shoes. This could be a strong indication of a spinal/hip imbalance due to spinal subluxation.
4. Difference in leg length. One leg being longer than the other is an important clue to a larger problem.
5. Palpation: This test requires a partner. Lie face down in a relaxed position. Have your partner press with the blunt end of his fingers (not the tips but the fleshy part where the fingertips are) on the “bumps” along your spine. He should use moderate pressure – about the same amount you’d use to check the ripeness of a melon. Work from the base of the skull to the lower back feeling for each individual vertebrae. Any tenderness, soreness, or discomfort could be a sign of nerve interference.