A subluxation is a vertebra that is out of place causing an interference with the nervous system. This affects the nerve flow, the joints, and overall body function. Chiropractors can detect subluxations and correct them.
How do you describe what a subluxation is?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: A subluxation is really very complicated, but also very simple…It is a complicated complex, but a simple explanation. The subluxation is the vertebra that is out of place, causing an interference to the nervous system. The nervous system controls every part of our body. The nervous system controls everything. The number one interferer to that nervous system is the subluxation and the chiropractors are the only ones that are trained to detect and correct the spinal subluxation.
What are the effects of a subluxation on the spinal nerves and the nervous system?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: Well, a lot of people have the misconception that it is sort of like a garden hose where you step on the hose and the water does not flow, and that the yard dies at the end of it, and as you bring back the water flow by releasing the pressure, the grass becomes green again. That is one basic way to look at it, but also if you really think about it, that grass takes a little while to become green again. It is a restoration of nerve flow, but the truth is that the subluxation complex is much greater than that.
The vertebra that is out of place, it affects the facet joints. A facet joint is fixated. The joints that are offloaded, when the pressure is taken off of them, all cause the mechanoreceptors in those joints to disengage. We have a disconnect from the afferent fibers, being the nerves, which is the … Let me put it more simply, the nerves going to the brain are not being stimulated properly, so we don’t get the proper stimulation to the cerebellum and it not can lead to just multitude and multitude of problems.
Can people tell if they have a subluxation? Are there any symptoms?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: Well, by the time the symptoms occur, the subluxation process has been usually there for a long period of time. The subluxation is what’s also known as the silent killer. It’s the precursor to many, many, of the problems and symptoms that we experience in the United States here today. Oftentimes, being treated reactively with drugs, medicine, things like that, rather than proactively of getting to the root cause of the subluxation. Very often, the subluxation complex doesn’t become symptomatic till later on, so people may notice aches and pains, things like that.
One of the good tests is actually what is called Romberg Sign. If a person stands up with their feet together and closes their eyes, they should not wobble back and forth. Their body should be able to find themselves in space, or front to back. This is a good test for people to do as a home test. They can check, because if they wobble, or their spouse or child does, there is definitely a disconnect between the receptors of both the spine, the muscle, and the tendon receptors, and the cerebellum. There is definitely a subluxation complex involved, and they would need to see a chiropractor.
What are some chiropractic techniques that can correct subluxations?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: Well, the amazing thing with chiropractic is that all the techniques work. Different techniques work on different people. Most of us have a variety of techniques in our arsenal. I use the basic Palmer package, Palmer was the original chiropractic school, and the Diversified Gonstead adjustments. I also use the Pettibon technique and a lot of chiropractic biophysics as well. Each individual patient, their underlying problems determine what technique we use. I think, if you Google it, I think there are 120 different techniques in chiropractic, and they all get results. Some better for some people, and some better for other people, but they all get results.
Is ongoing chiropractic care needed to prevent subluxations from recurring?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: Absolutely. Not only prevent, but to correct, because as we go through our day-to-day lives, we are going to subluxate our spine. It would be like saying, do you need to brush your teeth? Do you need to see a dentist? Okay? We often say in the chiropractic profession, if our spines were on the outside of our body, we would take much better care of them. Ongoing care is needed. Six to ten days for their joints to immobilize, it will actually start to degenerate. We do not want those degenerative changes to occur. Oftentimes we will have patients on a two-week or a once a month maintenance program just to stay healthy. My first two patients from 34 years ago are still patients in my office.
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