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Spinal Subluxation Degeneration

What is a subluxation?

A vertebral subluxation is a diminished state of being, comprising a state of reduced coherence, altered biomechanical function, altered neurological function and altered adaptability As we live life and grow older, our body goes through physical, chemical and emotional stresses from daily activities both intentionally and unintentionally. This leads to subluxation which is what chiropractors analyse, detect and remove. Over time, this can cause subluxation degeneration which can be presented through signs and symptoms. A common way of measuring subluxation degeneration is via x-ray. Below is a description of the 3 phases of subluxation degeneration.




Normal Spine:

Proper spinal curves permit normal turning and bending. Openings between joints allow nerve roots to exit the spine without interference. The edges of the bones are smooth and well defined. Equal disc spacing is a sign of healthy spinal function.

Phase 1:

Loss of normal curves and misalignments restrict or exaggerate normal ranges of motion. Ligament and muscle strength is reduced. Even with nerve irritation and soft tissue inflammation, pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present.

Phase 2:

Years of accumulated calcium deposition are now visible. Bone spurs attempt to fuse malfunctioning joints. Adjacent surfaces are rough and uneven. Joint instability is accompanied by continued nerve irritation and disc degeneration.

Phase 3:

After years of neglect, complete fusion has immobilised the joint. Obstructed nerve openings cause permanent nerve irritation as soft tissue degeneration continues. This irreversible condition is usually associated with other chronic health problems.  

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