Sub­lux­a­tions, How dan­ger­ous Are They?

Any­one who has been a patient of ours has prob­a­bly heard the term “sub­lux­a­tion”. This is not, how­ever, a word that most peo­ple under­stand or com­pre­hend. When you hear the word “can­cer”, there is an instant vision of a very seri­ous and pos­si­bly life threat­en­ing dis­ease. When you hear the word “AIDS”, you think of a ter­mi­nal con­di­tion with a per­son suf­fer­ing with no hope of sur­vival. But what do you think of when you hear the word “subluxation”?

If you are like many peo­ple, you prob­a­bly have trou­ble even pro­nounc­ing the word. Then after you think about it, you prob­a­bly still do not know just what to think. The fact is that most peo­ple do not have even the slight­est idea of just what a sub­lux­a­tion is or how dan­ger­ous it can be.

A few gen­er­a­tions ago, the peo­ple of that time prob­a­bly never heard the word “cav­ity”. But more than likely they all knew of the end results of cav­i­ties called “tooth aches”. Only after years of pub­lic edu­ca­tion by the den­tists, did peo­ple come to under­stand just what a cav­ity really was. The same can be said for sub­lux­a­tions. Most peo­ple are very famil­iar with the end results of sub­lux­a­tions, but most of them do not real­ize that a sub­lux­a­tion had any­thing to do with that end result.

The rea­son it is eas­ier to under­stand cav­i­ties rather than sub­lux­a­tions is because it is eas­ier to see the end results of a cav­ity than the end results of a sub­lux­a­tion. Most peo­ple know that the end result of a cav­ity is a tooth ache or pos­si­bly even tooth loss. But with sub­lux­a­tions, a sim­ple con­nec­tion is not pos­si­ble. This is due to the fact that a sub­lux­a­tion affects your nerve sys­tem func­tion which is a much more com­plex sit­u­a­tion than a cav­ity on a tooth.

For this rea­son we often refer to sub­lux­a­tions as the fun­da­men­tal under­ly­ing “cause” of your prob­lems. The dif­fi­cult thing to under­stand is that sub­lux­a­tions, unlike cav­i­ties in your teeth, cause dif­fer­ent prob­lems in dif­fer­ent peo­ple. In fact no two peo­ple with sub­lux­a­tion will have the same end results. It is also nearly impos­si­ble to pre­dict what types of health prob­lems a per­son will get from the sub­lux­a­tions they have. But one thing is for sure, sub­lux­a­tions will cre­ate a health prob­lem some­where, sometime

If you look in any anatomy book to find out how the body func­tions, you will see an expla­na­tion like this; “The brain con­trols and coor­di­nates all the func­tions of the body.” This basi­cally means that every­thing you do, every­thing your body does, whether you know about it or not is con­trolled by your brain. The sig­nals from your brain are trans­mit­ted over your nerves to every part of your body. In order for your body to func­tion prop­erly these sig­nals from the brain must get to the var­i­ous parts of your body with­out any inter­fer­ence, alter­ation, or change. If some form of inter­fer­ence does occur along the path­way from the brain to the body part, that part can­not func­tion prop­erly and some sort of health prob­lem will result. It may not show up imme­di­ately, but even­tu­ally it shows up.

The most com­mon cause of inter­fer­ence to nerve sig­nals is known as a sub­lux­a­tion. A sub­lux­a­tion is when one or more of the bones in your spine move out of posi­tion and causes pres­sure or irri­ta­tion on a nerve or nerves and there­fore inter­feres with proper nerve messages.

It is our job as chi­ro­prac­tors to find these sub­lux­a­tions and cor­rect or reduce them as much as pos­si­ble. So, “Sub­lux­a­tions, how dan­ger­ous are they?” Answer this for your­self by keep­ing in mind how impor­tant your ner­vous sys­tem is. Now ask your­self the ques­tion, “How impor­tant is it to my health to have my ner­vous sys­tem func­tion­ing with­out interference?”

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