Vertebral subluxations are otherwise known as misalignments of any of the 24 moveable bones of the spine or can occur in virtually any of the hundreds of joints of the body, including the peripheral joints such as the hips, knees, feet, arms and hands. Subluxation are often the underlying cause of a wide variety of health problems, as they can exert direct and indirect pressure on the nerves exiting the spine via the spinal cord. This in turn causes nerve interference as transmission of energy via the nervous system may become impaired.
There are three basic causes of subluxations and they are all related to stress. Physical stress or injury such as slips and falls, motor vehicle accidents, repetitive stress and motions, and improper lifting. Emotional causes like anger, anxiety and fear may also cause subluxations. Alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet can be chemical causes of subluxations. All stress on the body can have the negative effect of causing subluxations and results in nerve interference.
The primary form of care to reduce subluxations is a schedule of chiropractic adjustments. By applying a specific and precise force, in the right direction and at the right time, over time, changes in the position and motion of spinal bones can be made. Chiropractors ascertain the presence of subluxations using a complete examination including necessary x-rays.
You can have subluxations and not even know it! Like the early stages of tooth decay or heart disease, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear.
Sometimes. Today’s hectic lifestyles are a constant source of vertebral subluxations. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these minor problems as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When vertebral subluxations don’t resolve, you’ll want to see a chiropractor for an adjustment.
Increasingly supported by research, massage is no longer something just for spas or relaxation. Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health, well- being or recover from an injury or condition. Our modern lifestyles often have us sitting for hours at our desks, driving in rush hour traffic or on the couch with our many devices. This leaves us craning our necks, scrunching our shoulders and creating negative postural patterns. These mundane activities can create patterns of muscle tension in the body. When muscles are chronically tense it can have lasting effects to health in both body and mind. More and more we are learning how the massage of the soft tissues of our bodies helps improve our health and wellbeing. Why does massage of the soft tissue work? With persistent musculoskeletal tension many changes occur. Among them, blood circulation can be restricted leading to reduced nutrient supplies to the body’s tissues and organs. With fascial changes (a web like connective tissue that envelops the body, organs and muscles) that get increasingly dense and less mobile it can negatively affect posture. There are also many hormonal, biochemical and neurological problems that can occur in addition to the soft tissue changes that can be improved by massage provided by your Massage Therapist. However, it is important to note that, if for nothing else, massage can dramatically help us with the emotional value of touch and the effects on mood and mental health that can be so profound that clients really just cannot lose. High quality massage therapy is a worthwhile service for anyone in a medical sense or not. Here is a small list of concerns that adding a Registered Massage Therapist to your health care team can help with:
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis
- Relieve stress, anxiety, and depression
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle tension and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Circulatory, lymphatic and respiratory problems
- Improved immune function
- Promotes healing reducing pain and swelling
- Decreasing the formation of excessive scar tissue
- Post injury and post surgical rehabilitation
- Pregnancy issues
- Improves posture
- Improves sleep and sleep patterns