Some define health at the absence of illness or injury (symptoms). We define health as the body’s ability to accurately assess and appropriately respond to the stresses it encounters. Just because you are not in pain or don’t feel sick does not mean you are necessarily healthy. Your body might just be working around problem areas until it eventually succumbs and begins showing symptoms.
How you feel is not always the best way to assess your health. This is the reason why dentists look for cavities; why medical doctors test blood pressure and pulse; and why we as Chiropractors check for Vertebral Subluxations (mis- alignments or nerve interference).
Subluxations can interfere with the brain’s communication, through the nervous system, to every organ, muscle, tissue, system, gland and cell in your body. Chiropractors use specific adjustments to restore normal joint function and reduce the detrimental effects of subluxations, thus removing nerve interference and enabling the body to approach its optimum health potential.
Causes of Subluxations
Subluxations can occur due to a combination of three stresses on the body. These are sometimes referred to as the three T’s of subluxation. Trauma (or physical); Toxins (or chemical); Thoughts (emotional).
TRAUMA from repetitive stresses like poor posture, sports injuries or through injuries like car accidents, place biomechanical stress on the vertebral joints and supportive tissues of the vertebral motion segment, especially the disc.
TOXINS from tobacco, alcohol, drugs, food preservatives, chemical pesticides and additives place considerable stress on the delicate chemical balance within the body. This contributes to the subluxation complex through a mechanism called the viscero-somatic reflex.
THOUGHTS have the potential to be the most significant and detrimental stress with regard to contributing to the subluxation complex. Emotional stress leads to neurological and physiological changes in the body. (e.g. Increased heart rate, increased muscle tone, nervousness, decreased gastrointestinal function, breathing changes and so on.) All of these responses change nervous system function and will effect the body.
Causes of subluxations may appear to be singular such as in a car accident, but there is obvious emotional stress associated with a trauma and on a cellular level, chemical changes are also occurring in the way of inflammation.
It is possible to have a subluxation that is sitting silently in the spine and has no apparent symptoms attached to it. As stated earlier, your body may be finding a way to work around the symptoms. This can be slowly compromising your health and healing potential. As long as you have stresses in your life causing subluxations, it is essential to get adjusted regularly to keep the whole body functioning properly.
Chiropractic care is based on the understanding that the nervous system controls all parts of the body. The spine may be a strong set of bones in the body, but things such as falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and other injuries, can cause the spine to be unable to function as it normally would. This abnormal function can irritate and inflame the delicate spinal nerves that exit the spine between each bone through compression, stretching, rubbing etc. Thus the subluxation. Instead of using drugs or surgery, chiropractors seek to improve function through minor yet specific adjustments to the joints of the spine which reduces the nerve irritation that is caused by subluxations. A visit to your chiropractor in Tulsa is beneficial in that it can help speed your body’s natural healing process and correct these issues.
Chiropractic care can act as a catalyst and help speed up the healing process of the body. There are many more benefits you may experience with a regular visit to your chiropractor including easier breathing, better athletic performance, increased nervous system performance, and overall a healthier you. If you have not talked with a chiropractor before and you are experiencing any type of pain, soreness, or other health related issue, it may be time to call a Tulsa chiropractor at Schluter Chiropractic. Give us a call and see how we can help you today.