spinal alignment is essential for healthy and pain-free living. When a subluxation
occurs it causes nerve interference in some portion of the body affected by
those nerves. The subluxation causes changes to the structure as well as the
nerves. These changes get progressively worse as time is allowed to work on
the subluxated area of the spine. These changes take the form of ongoing degeneration
known as "subluxation degeneration". By understanding the type and
amount of changes, it is possible to reasonably estimate the time subluxations
have been present in a spine. Having this information is useful in understanding
the time and effort needed for correction.
As these x-rays show, there is a progressive degeneration that can be halted,
or slowed, with proper chiropractic care.
Proper spinal curves permit normal turning and bending. Openings between
joints allow nerve roots to exit the spine without interference. The edges
of the bones are smooth and well defined. Equal disc spacing is a sign
of healthy spinal function.
Loss or normal curves and misalignment restrict or exaggerate normal ranges
of motion. ligament and muscle strength is reduced. Even with nerve irritation
and soft tissue inflammation, pain or other obvious symptoms may not be
Years of accumulated calcium deposition are now visible. Bone spurs attempt
to fuse malfunctioning joints. Adjacent surfaces are rough and uneven.
Joint instability is accompanied by continued nerve irritation and disc
After years of neglect, complete fusion has immobilized the joint. Obstructed
nerve openings cause permanent nerve irritation as soft tissue degeneration
continues. This irreversible condition is usually associated with other
chronic health problems.