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Pinpointing Subluxations of the Spine and Knowing Care Choices
859 Washington Blvd. Ste. 1, 1B
Ogden, UT

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Pinpointing Subluxations of the Spine and Knowing Care Choices

A "subluxation", in chiropractic terms, equals a dislocation of the vertebrae that negatively affects its functioning. The dislocation guides the chiropractor to where to perform a spinal adjustment. In medical terminology, a dislocation refers to a detachment (partial) of the articular surfaces of a joint. According to chiropractors, it's also a biomechanical and physiological modification to the dynamics of contiguous structures, which may prompt neural impairment.

Subluxations are viewed as a process as opposed to a static condition that goes through various stages of tissue modification. Edema, minute hemorrhages, atrophy, rigidity, fibrosis, hyperemia, and congestion are a few of these stages.

Overall, chiropractic care aims to reduce subluxations in order to facilitate nerve function and motion range. Doctors of chiropractic adjust the spine, with the goal of correcting the dysfunction that is at the root of the problem. This method is also known as spinal manipulation. It is a common treatment for patients suffering from low-back pain, as well as other conditions.

Adjustments typically come in the form of high-velocity manual thrusts to reduce pressure in the joints. During treatment, some patients report to feeling slight, temporary discomfort.

Evidence shows that chiropractic adjustments positively affect the motor, sensory, and sympathetic nervous system. Sensory and motor effects include increased skin pain tolerance, less muscle tension and more tolerance to pain, as well as overall pain reduction. Effects on the sympathetic nervous system include more blood flow and lower blood pressure.

Actual chiropractic adjustment methods vary. They are performed in accordance with the patient's requirements. In addition, spinal manipulation is considered an art form by some, insofar as chiropractors are required to be skillful experts of spinal manipulation. In some cases, an adjustment may not be necessary or recommended. A chiropractor should know when not to perform one. Chiropractic doctors undergo rigorous training to gain proper knowledge of the precise techniques and application of spinal adjustments in the treatment of subluxations.

The number of required treatment sessions varies from patient to patient. The gravity of injury, risk factors, and nutritional requirements all play a factor in the course of treatment. An uncomplicated case of lumbar sprain, for example, usually requires four to six weeks of treatment.

Studies show that spinal manipulation provides a wide range of benefits. They include: 1. Relief of low-back pain and restored function 2. Chronic back pain relief and improved function 3. Accompanying cardiovascular and strengthening exercises to the treatment regimen further wards off the recurrence of back pain 4. Sciatica relief and less pain in the leg

Additionally, the use of diagnostic imaging (a MRI, X-ray, and/or CT scan) can be useful to patients who suffer from sciatica. These forms of diagnostic imaging can be helpful in finding an aggravated condition, like an infection. Diagnostic imaging can also be useful for patients with more acute symptoms, and for those who do not respond after a period of regular treatment.

Here are a few tips that will help keep your spine healthy: 1. Exercising. Regularity is the key, not intensity. Taking a walk three times per week can do a lot for your spinal health. 2. Not smoking 3. Be aware of your posture 4. Eating well-balanced meals and watching your weight 5. Paying attention to body mechanics when lifting weight 6. Be active

Chiropractic care is a choice. By making the choice, you receive a treatment approach that does not rely on the use of medication, and circumvents intrusive surgeries. Along with attending to the pain and inflammation, chiropractic care aims to facilitate spinal movement and function. Additional methods employed by chiropractic doctors may include the use of ice/heat therapy, rehabilitative exercises, nutritional, and lifestyle advice. For more information on subluxations and the use of spinal manipulation, contact your doctor of chiropractic.

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