What Is a Subluxation?
Vertebral Subluxations occur when the vertebra moves into the incorrect position and interferes with the flow of information or nerve messages between your brain and body.This may affect muscles, cells and organs they communicate with.
Most subluxations exist without pain or discomfort. Chiropractors locate, analyse and correct subluxations.
What Causes Subluxation?
Subluxations are caused by stresses that the body has been unable to adapt to. This may include:
Physical: injuries, accidents, slips, falls, whiplash, prolonged sitting and standing, poor posture, the birth process itself exerts pressure on the spine and nervous system. The use of forceps and vacuum extraction can create further distress.
Chemical: toxins, additives and chemicals in foods, smoking, medications, environmental pollutants, alcohol and sugar.
Mental & Emotional: upsets, arguments, personal traumas, work or relationship pressure, life or career changes. These upset body chemistry, which disrupt the tone of both muscles and ligaments resulting in subluxation.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
According to a New Zealand government’s Commission of Inquiry into chiropractic (1), chiropractic care is “remarkably safe and a clinically effective form of health care. Chiropractors have more thorough training in spinal care than any other health professional. Furthermore, chiropractic is scientifically based. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs”.
(1. Hasselberg PD. Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry.
Wellington, Government Printer: 1979).
How Will I Feel After an Adjustment?
Some people feel mild soreness following their first few adjustments as their body begins to unwind. This is usually very mild and only lasts for a short period of time. However, most people notice they feel ‘lighter’, taller, they sleep well, their digestion improves and they experience a general sense of well being.
What Is Health?
Health has been defined as “a state of optimal physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or illness.” Unfortunately, many of us will not consider our health until it is greatly compromised. Life can be so busy we forget to prioritise sustainable healthy lifestyle habits. We are each inherently designed to be healthy. Chiropractic care works to restore and strengthen that inborn capacity through a proactive health model that focuses on you staying healthy for a lifetime.