Have you ever been to a chiropractor and they told you you had a subluxation? I’m sure most people hearing that word think it’s a big fancy word used to confuse people. Well, I’m here to tell you subluxation is a real word and condition, and it is VERY important to your overall health. Before explaining why a subluxation is important to your health, it’s important to fully understand its definition.
B.J. Palmer, D.C. defined the term subluxation as the following: “the condition of a vertebra that has lost its proper juxtaposition with the one above or the one below, or both; to an extent less than a luxation; which impinges nerves and interferes with the transmission of mental impulses.”
Let’s simplify this, shall we. Essentially what B.J Palmer is saying is that a spinal bone becomes misaligned from the bone above and/or below it. This then will place pressure on the nerves around that spinal bone and decreases the function of those nerves. Make more sense?
Why are subluxations important to my health?
To explain why a subluxation in your spine, a vertebral subluxation, is important to your health, we need to look directly at its definition. The spinal bone out of place decreases the function of the nerve, right? What controls our entire body? Nerves. It would be safe to say that if nerve function is decreased, then the function of the entire body would be decreased as well. Functions such as the body’s ability to adapt to its environment. That is actually the definition of health. Health is the body’s ability to adapt to stresses in the environment around and in it.
What this all means is that to be healthy, truly healthy, not just the absence of symptoms healthy, our body must be able to adapt to the environment. The nervous system directly influences the body’s ability to function, including adapting to the environment. The presence of subluxations in the spine decreases the function of the nervous system. Now do you see why subluxations, actually the lack of subluxations, are VERY important to your health?
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