Pardon the Interruption

It’s Just Muscle Doc!

I was talking to a patient last week who I’ve been adjusting for the last 4+ years.  He slept awkwardly the night before and had some soreness with muscle tightness in the right side of his neck.  He asked me if I thought it was “just muscle”.  I realized it was a great opportunity to review the impact subluxation has on many different areas of our bodies.

Pardon the Interruption

You know that subluxations are caused by any stress that overwhelms your body like physical, emotional/mental and chemical stressors.  Subluxations are interruptions in brain-body and body-brain communication.  The birth process, childhood falls, car accidents, sleeping position, repetitive movements, relationships, finances, work environment (physical and emotional) and the food we eat are all potential causes of subluxation.  Here is the impact those subluxations have on us….

The Five Components of Subluxation

1.  Spinal Kinesiopathology

– there is alteration in how individual joints move and function
– can affect more than just a single joint, can affect many vertebral levels
– causes altered spinal structure

2.  Neuropathophysiology/Neuropathology

– nerve irritation/inflammation (rub a credit card on the back of your hand for 30 seconds to test this one, how does it feel/look?, swelling/red/hot)
– nerve compression leads to loss of healing, function and coordination
– or overstimulation of nerves leading to muscle tension leading to atrophy

3.  Myopathology

– muscle spasm results from body’s attempt to protect the subluxated area
– muscle weakness due to chronic tightness, no recovery/healing time

4.  Histopathology

– inflammation, edema and swelling of tissue occurs
– research from 1987 showed permanent tissue/cell damage within
11-13 days when loss of normal joint movement (subluxation) is present

5.  Pathophysiology/Pathology

– changes due to the previous four components usually seen locally as degeneration, premature tissue aging, dis-ease
And by the way, what do you think my answer was?  Yes it’s muscle….and joints….and nerves….and cartilage….and cells….and function and aging and healing.  That’s what subluxation affects.


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