There are five parts to the vertebral Subluxation Complex (commonly known as “Subluxation”). Given enough time, all five parts may exist.
- Loss of normal position (or alignment) of the vertebrae leads to restricted movement.
- Abnormal positioning may lead to shortened muscle tissue with decreased strength and flexibility, as well as to scar tissue development.
- Continued pressure on the nerve due to subluxation, may lead to numbness or tingling in the area in which the nerve travels.
- Swelling or inflammation may develop in the disc, joints, or surrounding tissues.
- Degenerative Joint Disease (known as “DJD” or “osteoarthritis”) may occur in the affected area leading to the development of bone spurs.
The passion for the Doctor of Chiropractic is to promote proper neuromusculosketal system function, by evaluating, detecting and correcting VSC’s in your spine, which in turn provides the optimal environment for your body’s health and wellness.
What’s that cracking noise?
Most patients will sooner or later ask this question. A joint contains fluid that helps keep it healthy and lubricated (like oil for the joint). This “synovial fluid” contains gas (like carbonation in soft drinks). When an adjustment is made you hear a noise (called an “audible release”). The audible release, or “crack” is simply the release of gas in the joint much like when you open a can of soda.
The tempro-mandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint much like the ankle, and responds to injuries with inflammation, causing the joint to swell, and stretching pain sensitive nerves within the capsule (envelope around the joint). On occasion, pain sensitive structures stabilizing the joint are caught between the joints of the TMJ, which leads to swelling. This may cause a protective spasm of the masseter muscle (a powerful muscle responsible for closing the jaw), which can be a significant source of jaw pain. Proper treatment for TMJ dysfunctions (locking, popping, clicking or cracking) may require cooperative care between your chiropractor and your dentist.
Short Leg Syndrome
Short leg syndrome (SLS) as the name implies, is a condition where an individual has one leg shorter then the other. Although there are many causes for SLS, the effect on the body is the same; it results in an unbalanced pelvis which can cause curvatures in the spine. There are several causes for SLS including leg fractures and foot pathologies such as fallen arches and chronic ankle sprains. For SLS due to foot pathology, a full length orthotic to correct the heel and arch may be the best solution. Ask your doctor for an evaluation.
Myofacial Pain (MFP) or trigger points (TPs) are areas within muscles that contain “microspasms” that when pressed on can cause referred pain. TPs can be caused by injury, stress, poor posture and poor nutrition, and TPs in the neck and shoulders are a common source of headaches. Treatment for MFP consists of nutritional supplements, soft tissue therapy, chiropractic adjusting, and specific stretches and exercises.
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic and sometimes debilitating condition characterized by diffuse musculo-skeletal pain, non-rejuvenating sleep, fatigue and intermittent muscle stiffness. The American College of Rheumatology established criteria for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia to include wide spread pain for at least three months and 11 of 18 active tender points. FM may be an inherited illness, or can be due to physical trauma such as an accident; although many patients report a history of psychological problems, such as depression or anxiety. Although there is no “cure” as of yet, exercise, stretching, soft tissue massage, nutritional supplementation, and chiropractic adjustments help to minimize FM symptoms and increase overall health and well being.