Littleton Chiropractor Asks Do Subluxations Affect Bones?
As a chiropractor in Littleton, CO I get asked how bones are affected by a subluxation. As we will talk about, the bones of your spine not only protect your spinal cord, but they are essential for helping you keep good posture. We will discuss how lack of motion in your spine, called subluxations, will lead to issues in your spinal bones.
During your chiropractic examination, Dr. Dody, is feeling the alignment of the spinal bones as well as the health of the bones. Many times, we find localized areas of bone decay which represents the result of long term neglect of spinal health. Almost always, these areas of spinal and disc degeneration are localized, meaning the immediately-adjacent areas look fine. Why would that be?
Why Is There Only Degeneration In Specific Areas Of The Spine?
When that question is posed to a medical doctor, the answer is often that the spinal degeneration is a result of “normal” aging. Well, there is nothing normal about it. If one spinal bone shows degenerative changes and one disc is deteriorated and it’s just “aging”, why are the surrounding bones and discs so healthy? How much older are the degenerated spinal areas? Localized areas are known to decay from a study by a Dr. Videman in 1987.
Dr. Videman found that when the normal motion between spinal bones is reduced (stuck or fixated) for as little as two weeks, permanent, albeit relatively minor, damage takes place to the joint. And, in as little as three weeks, observable albeit microscopic, osteo-arthritic damage takes place in the joint. So, the damage we see is a result of spinal neglect of areas of spinal injury that never properly healed because the person “hoped that the problem would go away by itself.”
How Does Subluxation Affect The Degeneration of Discs and Bone of the Spine?
A chiropractic subluxation is defined as 1 or more segments of the spine that are not moving in their proper full range of motion. Physical, chemical or mental emotional stresses cause subluxation, which is your bodies response to help reduce damage done to the nerves exiting those spinal segments. So as we talked about above, when there is reduced motion in the spinal bones, that is when degeneration starts.
As a chiropractor in Littleton, I bring this to your attention because most new patients are surprised when they see the deterioration present in their spine because it signals the fact that the spinal problem is long-standing in nature and likely began when they were children.
Littleton Chiropractor Explains How To Prevent Your Spine From Breaking Down
At our Littleton, CO chiropractic office we see people with subluxations everyday. My job as a Littleton chiropractor is to find these areas of the spine that are not moving properly and restore normal motion in those spinal joints. Once motion is restored, the body will no longer continue to break down and your natural healing process can repair the damage that has been done.
No one wants to neglect the health of their family. Because spinal examinations were not routine parts of the standard medical checkup, most adults have neglected their own and their children’s spinal health.
Think about this, the 2 main jobs of your spine are:
- To protect your spinal cord
- Keep you upright, or in other words keep good posture
Obviously, both of these jobs are very important for you and your child’s overall health. As a chiropractor in Littleton, my main purpose is to help family get healthy and stay healthy for a lifetime. Your spine is the direct connection to your overall health.
Conclusion About How Bones Are Affected By A Subluxation
As we have discussed, a subluxation is the lack of motion in the joints of your spine which is caused by stress. When you lose motion in your spine, the bones and discs that make up the spinal joint begin to break down. This cause disc degeneration which can lead to may health problems over time. As a chiropractor in Littleton, CO, we see people whose bones are affected by a subluxation on a daily basis.
Because health problems can be acute, chronic, or permanent, please don’t wait for a chronic problem to develop before you have your and your family’s spine and nervous system checked!