What are Subluxations?

Subluxations are interferences or disturbances in our nerve system that interrupt the normal communication pathways in our body. They create blockages in the brain-body connection.

Subluxations can simply be thought of as vertebrae that are ‘stuck’ and unable to move. The subluxation will interfere with the function of a nerve either by compressing (pinching) the nerve or by stretching and pulling the nerve.

Interestingly enough, it does not take a lot to pinch or stretch a nerve into dys-function. Studies demonstrate that the weight of a dime is all the pressure it takes to decrease the function of a nerve by 60%.  Place a dime in your hand and you will immediately see that its not much pressure at all! Leave that pressure on too long and you will have permanent nerve damage. Studies also reveal that a 6% stretch of the nerve decreases its function by 70%!

As you can see, it doesn’t take much pressure or pulling on a nerve to severely interfere with its function. These subluxations are usually caused by physical stress or trauma. Examples include poor posture when sitting, standing or sleeping or staying in one position too long – such as time in front of a computer. These are commonly called repetitive strain disorders. Work, sport or car injuries are common causes too.

    Like adults, kids can get these from falls, carrying heavy school bags or excessive computer and video game playing. Even babies are susceptible – learning to walk, birth trauma, or    falling off a bed among things!

   Subluxation can also occur when the body is overwhelmed by emotional stress or chemical toxins. In today’s hectic world, emotional stress is estimated to be responsible for over 80% of subluxations. When a person is “stressed” by emotions or chemical toxins, their spinal muscles become tense. In addition, the motor nerves (the nerve controlling the muscles) get imbalanced and cause the muscles on one side of the spine to contract harder than the other.

Between the muscle tightness and the nerve imbalances, it’s no wonder the vertebrae get misaligned – creating a subluxation. The misalignment further interferes with the nerves creating a repeating neurologic pattern – leading to a chronic condition of subluxation. Chronic subluxations can exist for years and often go unnoticed. Common causes include pollution, smoking, work & home stress. Life!

Studies tell us that subluxations can exist without pain yet still interfere and disturb nerve function. Why? Only 10% of your nerves are able to feel pain. The other 90% control bodily function only and can’t tell you something is wrong by sending pain messages to the brain.

This is why they are often called “The Silent Killer”.  Make sure you do your best to eliminate the everyday stresses that lead to subluxations as part of your chiropractic lifestyle.

Low Back and Leg Pain Causes

Many people have pain in their low back that extends down into one or both legs. One of the possible causes for this pain can be a locked up pelvis.

The pelvis is designed to move up and down and forward and backwards as your body moves. When you try to get up from a sitting position and the pelvis is locked up, it will not move properly or not move at all. This lack of movement will cause an irritation of the nerves and cause a sharp pain over the sacro-iliac region that can refer pain down the side of your thigh.

I see this condition in patients who have to do a lot of sitting at their job, or who have been sitting for an extended period of time during a car trip. Over time, the butt (gluteus) muscles become tight from not moving and this can eventually cause the joint to lock up. I also see this condition when a person tries to stand up quickly after being in a flexed position over a period of time as in gardening or cleaning house.

I would treat you by giving you a Chiropractic adjustment. using a specialized drop table or high speed instrument which will help restore proper motion to your pelvis. Restricted joint motion causes Type IV pain receptors to continually fire impulses to the brain, and Voila, you feel PAIN! A  chiropractic adjustment increases joint motion, thereby decreasing pain fibers from firing impulses to the brain. That’s why Chiropractic is so effective in relieving joint pain. Proper Join Motion Relieves Pain! I would also perform  neuromuscular re-education. Neuromuscular re-education locates restrictions and adhesions in the muscles that are specifically related to abnormal motion. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments are released by applying deep pressure to all of the muscles involved and the specific joint(s) involved. And then, I would give you specific exercises to reinforce the treatment and help prevent future episodes.

Subluxation – The Silent Killer

Your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is responsible for sending messages to every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body. This communication is made possible by the information super-highway of your body, your nerve system. This vast communication network is in charge of virtually every function in your body and determines whether you enjoy good health or dis-ease.

The central nervous system is so important that nature built an armor of protection around it, your skull and spinal column. However, even with this inborn protection, your nervous system is susceptible to interference when the spine gets misaligned. We call this interference to your nerve system a Subluxation.

Subluxations can have devastating effects on your overall health and well-being. Our primary goal is to detect and correct the subluxations that are interfering with your nerve system and health thus allowing your body to heal and establish a healthier you.

Subluxations share heart diseases nick name – “The Silent Killer”.  This is because of their nature of not causing any pain until they are quite progressed. With heart disease, the first symptom is often a fatal heart attack (i.e. death).

Although subluxations usually go undetected for years, they still deteriorate your overall health potential. The good news is, they can usually be corrected before it’s too late.

You have your eyes checked. Your teeth checked. Even your blood pressure checked. How about your spine and nerve system?  There is a much more important reason to get your spine checked for subluxations than just simple neck & back pain.

All individuals of all ages should be checked for subluxations. Have your family checked for nerve interference (subluxations) today. To schedule an appointment call The Gibson Center today at (479) 587-0250.

You’re Wearing that Wallet All Wrong

On 6/29/2017 | By Chiro One Wellness Centers

We know it sounds odd, but most people aren’t using or wearing their wallet properly, and it’s putting their spine at risk. And ladies, you’re not off the hook—you’re probably not wearing your purse properly either.

Wallets: What’s Wrong and How to Fix it

Problem: Many people—men mostly—carry a wallet in their back pocket, and often it’s a bulky wallet. Sitting on a wallet can raise one side of your hip anywhere from ¼ to 2 inches, causing your body to lean to one side or the other which creates an imbalance. Any imbalance in the body, specifically to the spine, can cause early and abnormal degeneration of joints and other tissues.

Think of it this way: Sitting on your wallet is similar to wearing a high heel on one foot and a flip flop on the other.

Solution: The best option is to carry your wallet in your front pocket—even if your wallet is slender. It’ll take some retraining to get used to this, but it’s worth it in the end.

If you just can’t make the switch and you want to keep your wallet in your back pocket, remove excess items or switch to a slimmer style of wallet. And always remove your wallet when you’ll be sitting for extended periods of time—when in the car, at your desk, etc.

 

Purses: What’s Wrong and How to Fix it

Problem: Similarly to wallets, purses can also wreak havoc on your spine and create posture problems. Often the shoulder on which you carry your purse will be visibly higher than the other; it’s used to being weighed down—so without your purse it tends to pull upwards.

Any habitual action that is one-sided is going to cause a balance issue. When you hold your purse on one side, you’re activating certain muscle groups for an extended period of time. It’s like walking around with a dumbbell in one hand for the majority of the day—and never switching to the other side.

Solution: When carrying a purse, the best fix is to go hands-free and opt for a purse or bag that has a strap across your chest. Always switch sides from time-to-time. Remember to keep heavier items out of your bag. If you’re carrying a purse in your hands, make a conscious effort to switch from your right to left hand every so often.

Is it bad to “Crack” Your Neck or Back a Lot ?

This question is often asked of chiropractors because people associate the cracking or popping of one’s neck with a chiropractic adjustment. The two are not the same thing.  If a person has a desire to pop his neck or back  it’s usually because a part of his spine is fixated or jammed causing another part to move too much and pop a lot, sometimes by itself.  It’s the jammed or fixated part that must be properly adjusted by a chiropractor so that the rest of the spinal column will stop being so moveable and noisy.

When you crack or pop your neck you’re relieving tension for a little while, but not giving yourself an adjustment.  After a while the urge to pop or crack reappears because the cause of the spinal tension, the fixation or jammed vertebrae hasn’t been corrected. Old wives’ tales say popping cracking your joints causes arthritis or makes your knuckles get bigger. There isn’t any research supporting that, but, if tension keeps building up in the joints because of spinal imbalance it may not be the popping or cracking that’s so bad for you, but the spinal stress and imbalance causing it.

Top 5 Exercises for Increasing Range of Motion in Your Neck

Pain and stiffness can significantly reduce your neck’s range of motion. Although a decreased range of motion in your neck may not seem like a major problem, it can actually contribute to a number of unpleasant conditions, including headache, fatigue, irritability and sleep loss. Like any other part of the body, our neck can become stronger and more flexible through exercise. Following are some useful exercises that can help to increase the range of motion in your neck.

All these exercises should be done while sitting comfortably in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your neck in a neutral position. Your neck should be positioned right above your spine (in other words, be sure your head is not jutting forward or back), and you should be looking straight ahead. If you feel pain (rather than just discomfort) while doing any of these exercises, stop immediately and do not resume them until you have consulted with your chiropractor.

1) Neck rotations – Keeping your head level, gradually turn your head to the right as far as you comfortably can, looking over your right shoulder, and hold for 10 seconds. Then slowly turn your head to the left, looking over your left shoulder, and hold for another 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

2) Neck tilts – Tilt your head to the right, bringing your right ear as close to your shoulder as possible, and hold for 10 seconds. Do the same on the other side, tilting your head to the left, again holding for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

3) Neck flexion and extension – This is simply bending your head forward and back. Beginning in a neutral position, gradually bend your head forward, letting it hang with your chin close to your chest, and hold for 10 seconds. Then slowly bring your head up and back so that you are looking at the ceiling. Repeat 5 times.

4) Half circles – Start by tilting your head toward your right shoulder as far as possible, then slowly swing it to the left in a fluid half-circle, moving your head forward and down until your chin is close to your chest, continuing until your head is tilted to the left with your left ear above your left shoulder. Then repeat the movement in the other direction.

5) Levator scapulae stretch – Tilting your head to the right over your shoulder, turn and drop your head slightly so that your nose is pointed toward your elbow, and hold for 10 seconds. You should feel the stretch in the muscle connecting the back of the left lower neck to your shoulder blade. Repeat on the other side.

Kudos to Consumer Reports

By Dynamic Chiropractor Editorial Staff

A well-rounded discussion of back pain, the problems with traditional treatment and the benefits of conservative care including spinal manipulation – now wouldn’t that be great? Look no further than the June 2017 issue of Consumer Reports, a trusted publication with considerable reach, boasting 7 million combined print and digital readership.

“The Better Way to Get Back Pain Relief,” by Teresa Carr, positions the article’s encouraging message front and center with the teaser: “Growing research suggests that drugs and surgery may not be the answer for your bad back.” The author presents a well-rounded discussion of back pain including some of the common causes; the overuse of diagnostic imaging and conventional treatment; the risks associated with opioid use and surgery; the problem with bed rest; and the value of conservative care.

Here are a few of the encouraging soundbites from Ms. Carr’s article, the full text of which is available free online:

  • “Growing research shows that a combination of hands-on therapies and other nondrug measures can be just as effective as more traditional forms of back care, including drugs and surgery. And they’re much safer.”
  • “[A] new nationally representative Consumer Reports survey of 3,562 back-pain sufferers … found that more than 80 percent of those who had tried yoga or tai chi or had seen a massage therapist or chiropractor said it had helped them.”
  • “A vast majority – 82 percent – of our survey respondents who saw at least one healthcare professional for back pain said they got an X-ray, a CT scan, or an MRI. But most people who develop back pain don’t need those tests.”
  • When it comes to treating a painful back, “Staying active is key, experts agree. … Next, you may want to add a hands-on therapy such as acupuncture, massage, or spinal manipulation from a chiropractor, physiotherapist, or other healthcare practitioner, which can help alleviate pain as you work to get stronger.”
  • “Conventional treatment often fails because ‘it focuses on individual symptoms and broken parts,” says Donald Levy, M.D., medical director of the Osher Clinical Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Chestnut Hill, Mass. … [Instead], doctors ‘should be thinking about treating the whole patient.'”