Whether you have been in a car accident or your neck is in pain – there is a myriad of reasons why you have found yourself in a chiropractor’s office. If you are new to chiropractic care, you will most likely hear the term subluxation used in regards to your pain.
Simply put, subluxation refers to a joint that doesn’t work correctly, whether the range of movement is inhibited, or it is misaligned. The subluxation can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or burning in the area of the injury.
Spinal subluxation affects the vertebrae of the spine and is one of the most common reasons for visits to a chiropractor. Still, a subluxation can also affect other joints in other parts of the body, such as feet, shoulders, ribs, or wrists.
Although all of the above joints can be subluxated, we will be concentrating on spinal subluxation in this blog. Here are some of the symptoms of this condition.
- The most recognizable symptom of a misaligned joint is pain. When dealing with the spine, you may experience back pain or a sore neck – or both at the same time. You may feel mild soreness, or the pain can be debilitating. If you have chronic pain in these areas, a misaligned spine may be the culprit.
- A spinal subluxation can result in pressure or tension headaches. The headaches can arise quickly and with no warning, and can even progress to migraines. Migraine sufferers often find effective relief after seeking chiropractic care.
- In serious cases, a misalignment of the spine can make it nearly impossible to move at all. Even if you can move, you may be very stiff, or not have your normal range of motion. If you are experiencing increased difficulty in performing everyday tasks, or if you have sudden difficulty moving – you may have a spinal subluxation.
Did You Know? Many people walk away from a car accident, thinking they are fine. However, when they begin to exhibit symptoms weeks later, they don’t connect the accident with the pain. Spinal subluxation is a common result of a car accident.
What Causes Subluxation?
A misaligned spine can occur for several reasons – trauma, such as a car accident or a slip and fall. But you may also be experiencing spinal subluxation because you routinely carry a heavy bag, or you sleep on your stomach. You may get subluxated from sitting for long periods in the same position – such as in front of a computer.
There are other possible causes of the condition, such as a chemical imbalance— caused by any number of toxins found in air pollution, processed food, or chemicals in detergents and shampoos. When your body is not in a healthy balance, the muscles often contract, pulling on the spine and other bones.
Another major cause of subluxation is stress, which causes tension in the back and neck. Stressed and tightened muscles can cause misalignment.
If you are experiencing neck and back pain, you can try a few home remedies – such as stretching, ice packs, and de-stressing activities. However, you may wish to call a local North Port chiropractor right away. With same-day appointments, West Coast Wellness can help you to identify your issue and begin to fix it, fast. If you have suffered a fall or been in a car accident, don’t wait for the pain to start.
Call West Coast Wellness today for your first appointment.