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Holiday Party – Saturday, December 21st
9:00 – 11:00am
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A very frequently asked question in the office is: “Why do subluxations return in the spine after they’ve been adjusted, and why many times, do the same bones in the spine keep going out of alignment?”
Tissues called ligaments hold bones together. When ligaments get stretched, it is known as a sprain. Once ligaments get stretched, they don’t go back to their original length they stay stretched. Tendons connect muscles to bones, when tendons get stretched its called a strain. Tendons are different than ligaments, when they are stretched they usually go back to their original length when released.
During trauma, an accident or injury, muscles and ligaments are stretched causing sprains and/or strains. This causes the joints near the sprain/strain to become unstable. One of two things occur from this: the joint gets locked up and can’t move (hypomobile), or the joint becomes too loose and moves too much (hypermobile). Subluxations of the spine (misalignment) occur due to instability in the joint after trauma.
The first time the spine can subluxate is at birth. Typically, in both vaginal and caesarian births, it takes 90-120 lbs of pull on the baby’s neck for delivery. This trauma causes a subluxation to the cervical spine. Research states this can very likely be related to sudden death syndrome. The longer the subluxation is there, the more difficult it becomes to correct due to scar tissue that forms when the body tries to stabilize the problem.
Physical, chemical, and emotional stress stretch ligaments and muscles in and around the spine during our lives. This causes more and more areas of the spine to become unstable causing more subluxations. Subluxations are bones of the spine that have misaligned putting pressure on the nerves, interfering with the communication between the brain and the body. If these subluxations are left un-adjusted, they lead to dysfunction and dis-ease in the body.
So, what does all this mean? You see when you have emotional, physical or chemical STRESS in your life, it tightens muscles in your body. This doesn’t matter as much to a healthy joint, but in the less stable joints that have old sprains (stretched ligaments that never completely heal), the vertebrae are more likely to subluxate.
When you get adjusted, the subluxation is eliminated. If you get into the car improperly right after an adjustment or trip on the curb, the spine might subluxate again in the very same place as before the adjustment, because it is a weak link. If your boss gets on your case or your kids are sick, probably subluxated again. If you smoke that cigarette, drink that diet soda, eat fast food and breathe in pollen, you are subluxated again.
In Chiropractic, when we see the same subluxation reoccurring over and over again, it is known as a pattern. Some patterns are more common than others, like C1 and L5. No two people will have the same pattern. Your pattern is like a finger print, it doesn’t change much over time unless there is a new accident or injury significant enough to stretch other ligaments next to the spine.
So, why get adjusted weekly? If we break the pattern, even for a short time before the 14th day of subluxation, it can stop the progress of degeneration to that joint. If you do exercises to strengthen the muscles around an unstable joint, you have a better chance of reversing degenerative arthritis. So, not only does the adjustment reconnect the brain to the body by removing the interference caused by a subluxation, but it is also instrumental in helping the body repair itself when done in conjunction with a simple daily exercise routine, eating a healthy diet, getting 6-8 hours of sleep and having a positive attitude.
To recap, trauma causes joints to become unstable. Physical, chemical and emotional stress tightens muscles that cause subluxations in the spine, primarily in unstable areas. When the spine is subluxated in specific areas, it is known as a pattern. Adjustments correct subluxations and stay corrected until you undergo a physical, chemical or emotional stress. The reason it is important to adjust the subluxations within 7-10 days is to re-connect the brain to the tissue cell and to help avoid degeneration of the subluxated joint. Over time, it is possible to reverse damage that was done to your spine if it is adjusted, strengthened and stabilized.
More and more research comes out every year for what I just shared. Don’t stress out over your subluxations returning. The only real way to avoid a subluxation is to never have anymore emotional, physical or chemical stress again. Until that time comes, I will see you next week.
From our families to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We hope it is filled with love, joy and peace.
Best in health and happiness,
- Dr. Tai and Staff