When tension and stress build up in an area of the spine, it creates interference and overloads the nerve or nerves nearby, creating what is known as a subluxation. This subluxation acts similar to a blown fuse in your house. When a fuse blows in your home certain areas or appliances may not function until that power is restored. Similarly, by finding subluxations in your spine, specific chiropractic adjustments
help restore power and function to those parts of the body.
At Sláinte Chiropractic we are devoted to awakening the in-born potential of our practice members. We know health is more than just how you look or how you feel. Health is having the ability to function to the best of your ability to reach your fullest potential.
We all know that the brain and spinal cord are in control of all healing and function. The nervous system is so important God chose to completely surround it in bone. The skull protects the brain and the spine protects the spinal cord. For us to have the ability to move, there are 24 moveable segments in your spine rather than one. These bones have to be aligned and moving properly for you to be healthy.
The most common interference we see to the health of the nervous system occurs with subluxation. This is when one or more of the bones in your spine is not aligned or moving properly. This places stress on the nervous system, and disrupts the connection between your brain and your body. Since you cannot be healthy with subluxation, you also cannot live life to your fullest potential.
SUBLUXATIONS DIMINISH YOUR POTENTIAL EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE SYMPTOMS YET!!
FOUR PARTS OF A SUBLUXATION
There are four different components to subluxations which we will assess every visit: abnormal alignment or motion, muscle soreness or fatigue, nervous system imbalance, and altered energy usage.
Since we know the significance of subluxations and the vast implications they have, every part of your exam provides an objective finding that we utilize to achieve the greatest possible effect on your nervous system.
On every visit, we will assess the motion of your spine to get a real time assessment of the stiffness of your spine. We know that motion is lotion to your spine and brain, so it is essential that your spine is moving properly.
The specific care that we provide is achievable because the the accurate and precise motion that is detected from each individual vertebra of your spine. Rather than moving every bone in your spine, our objective is to find the vertebrae that are causing the nerve interference.
The first is abnormal alignment or motion (dyskinesia). To assess this we will use our state of the art postural x-ray suite to determine the position of your spine. There is a famous quote, “To see is to know, and not to see is to guess” and in this office there are two things we won’t guess with, and the first is your health. So for us to provide the best care possible, a postural x-ray may be necessary.
The first component to a subluxation is altered position and motion of a vertebrae
The second component of subluxation is a change in the muscle (myopathology). Commonly we see tight and sore muscles protecting the spine and nerves from further damage due to subluxation. Your body is intelligent and it does anything and everything to keep you functioning optimally
When this happens there is increased muscle activity on either one or both sides of the spine. This increase in activity is detected by our SEMG (surface electromyography) technology. This technology measures the electrical activity of the muscle which lets us know how your spine is functioning over time. Also this gives us objective findings to track how you are progressing under care.
The small muscles of your spine function to stabilize each vertebrae, and to relay positional information to the brain (proprioception). When these muscles are imbalanced, as in a subluxation, the brain gets bombarded with abnormal information.
The brain is sent this information as a stress because there is damage occurring to the structures of the spine. When these stress signals are sent, our brain has to process more information making it harder to think and learn.
Finally with bad posture, our body has to work harder to keep us from falling over. If our body has to work harder just to keep us upright, then there is less energy for growth and development.
The third component of subluxation is altered baseline function of the nervous system (dysautonomia). The nervous system controls every heartbeat, lung breath, food digestion, and all of the other processes of our body that we never think about.
The temperature on both sides of your spine should be equal, within a small percentage. If there is miscommunication between your brain and body, we can see imbalances in temperature on either side of your spine.
The nerves that control the blood vessels, are also the nerves that control the organs. If the nerves can't control the temperature of your spine, they can't properly regulate the function of your organs.
To assess this we utilize thermographic technology which gives us a visual representation of the function of the nerves to each and every organ of your body.
With a subluxation, there is interference between your brain and your body so the brain’s ability to regulate function is altered, and health is not present.
The fourth component of a subluxation is abnormal use of energy (dysponesis). With subluxations, the brain is receiving excess information. The brain processes this information, but it becomes cluttered and stressed.
This happens because subluxations shift the body into a sympathetic state. This is the flight fight system of your body, so the body becomes hard wired for physical activity, anxiety and anger.
Therefore, the body has less energy to perform higher intelligence tasks, such as learning, immunity, and reproduction.
In order to assess and track this objectively, we utilize both the thermography and the SEMG. Both of these let us know how deep the stress is in your nervous system, and where the stress is located.