There are two types of subluxation.
One type pinches or compresses the nerves thus causing interference
along that nerve root. An example of
this is sciatica. The other causes a
twisting or stretching of the spinal cord which is known as adverse
mechanical cord tension. This
stretching causes a change in the tone of the nervous system like over tuning a
guitar string changes the notes the string plays. The change in tone can cause a nerve to be
over stimulated, which we call facilitation, or can squeeze the spinal cord
restricting nerve flow. Either way,
abnormal nerve function results which has a profound impact or our spinal
health and overall health of our body and mine.
Below are some examples of the benefits of subluxation correction and
the destructive effects that subluxation can have on us.
Healthy nervous system.
Provides proper communication between the brain and the body. The brain controls and orchestrates all the
functions of the body; movement, strength, coordination and balance. It regulates the systems of the body: the
musculoskeletal system, immune system, digestive system, respiratory system,
and circulatory system. The brain also
orchestrates the healing process. When
the spine is out of alignment, it stretches and compresses the spinal cord and
spinal nerves which causes interference with the communication between the
brain and the body and affects the brains ability to keep the body functioning
Good posture and alignment. When
two vertebraes are out of alignment, they rub together and wear away the disc
and the joints of the spine causing herniated discs and arthritis or
degenerative joint disease. This leads
to back pain, pinched nerves and disability. Good posture and alignment of the
spine lead to healthy spinal structures and improvement in the overall state of
the body and mind.
Better flexibility, less prone to
injury. When your back or neck is tight and stiff and
lacking in flexibility, you will be more prone to back injuries during routine
movements that you normally do all the time.
The example is, “all I did was bend over to pick up a pencil and my back
went out.” The spine was already tense
and stiff. There wasn’t proper muscle
coordination and something gets sprained or strained. The injury isn’t the cause, it is, “the straw
that broke the camels back.” It is
important to remember, that to fully recover, the underlying cause of the
injury, the subluxation, has to be resolved.
A healthy spine is flexible and limber and able to quickly adapt to a change
in position or a change in load, like lifting something without injury.
Faster Healing of Injuries and conditions. It is
essential that the brain is fully connected to the body for healing to
occur. Otherwise the body lays down
temporary scar tissue and the injured or diseased area never really functions
correctly. The body just compensates for
it in the form of restricted activity and you are left with the start of a
disability that often becomes progressively worse with time. The more clear the communication is between
the brain and the body, the faster the body will be able to heal itself and
recover from an injury. When the
underlying cause of the injury is subluxation and tension that has accumulated
in the spine, NSA helps to release the tension (the cause) which then creates
the necessary environment for healing/recovery to occur.