When researching chiropractic care, you may have seen this word thrown around quite a bit: Subluxation.
Well… what does it mean?
According to Wikipedia, subluxation may have different meanings, depending on the medical specialty involved. The word itself implies the presence of an incomplete or partial dislocation of a joint or organ.
In chiropractic, vertebral subluxation is a set of signs and symptoms of the spinal column. It determines the location for the spinal manipulation which will then alleviate those symptoms.
Most chiropractors view subluxation as a process rather than a stagnant condition during which the tissue is constantly changing, including:
Congestion – This is joint dysfunction that affects the muscles in different ways, with some muscles developing trigger points, or areas of congestion, where toxins develop, irritate the nerve endings within the muscle, and produce pain.
Fibrosis – This is the replacement of normal tissue with scar tissue, and it commonly occurs in people dealing with recurrent back pain.
Atrophy – This occurs when muscle shrinks and wastes away as a result of inactivity or various diseases and conditions. For example, patients with broken bones who have spent lengthy amounts of time in a cast may experience muscle atrophy.
As you can see, sublaxation is a complicated topic, but the next time you it’s brought up while visiting Dr. Case or you read it online, you’ll have a better idea of what it’s all about!