Categories of Spinal Subluxation

doctor explaining spinal subluxation to her patient

Most people will hardly pay attention to their health until they experience some form of discomfort. For a pain-free life, your vertebral bones along with the coccyx and sacrum bones should be stacked in a central alignment.   Life experiences impose all manner of forces on the spine and push a bone or two out of this centered alignment. Subluxation is the medical term used to describe the alerted vertebral position and sometimes, functional loss caused by this misalignment.

In a chiropractic treatment session from a reputable clinic in Chandler AZ, however, subluxation is considered a process and not a static condition. It leads to long-term issues, including congestion, hyperemia, fibrosis, localized ischemia, hemorrhages, edema, and muscle atrophy. These issues kickstart a process that misaligns your spine’s bones and affects the soft tissues, muscles, and tendons in your body.

In most cases, subluxation causes lifelong neck and back pain that generally worsens owing to the inflammation on the surrounding spinal column tissues. Chiropractors, unlike most specialists managing subluxation, categorize the condition first. This way, they can tailor your treatment approach. The following are the four subluxation categories in chiropractic care.

Static Intersegmental Subluxation

This encompasses the subluxation detected by a chiropractor when he/she feels your spinal column to determine its mobility. Some of the conditions in this category include flexion, extension, rotation, and lateral flexion malposition. Osseous foraminal encroachment, retro or anterolisthesis, and altered interosseous spacing are the other conditions involved in static intersegmental subluxation.

Kinetic Intersegmental Subluxation

This denotes conditions where a chiropractor will detect an abnormal movement between the sections of your spinal columns. The movement categories in kinetic intersegmental subluxation include aberrant motion, hypomobility, and hypermobility. In hypermobility, the joints will move beyond their normal range while in hypomobility, they are rigid and not moving. In an aberrant motion, the joints next to each other have contradicting movements.

Sectional Subluxation

This involves a specific section of your spine and encompasses the listing or curving of this section to one side. Decompensation of the spine’s adaptational curves such that the spine starts deteriorating along its curved sections is one form of sectional subluxation. Scoliosis and the odd movements of some parts of your spine are the other conditions in this subluxation category.

Paravertebral Subluxation

doctor explaining spinal subluxation to his patient

This impacts the spinal muscles along your spine, along with soft tissues like tendons and ligaments. Sacroiliac subluxation characterized by the deterioration of your pelvic joints is a common form of paravertebral subluxation seen in women, more so post-menopausal ones. Costotransverse and costovertebral separation that affects the joints connecting the spine and ribs is also classified under paravertebral subluxation.

While the spine is among the most flexible and strongest parts of your body, several elements might contribute to the above categories of subluxation. Chemical stressors from unhealthy foods and prescription drugs, emotional stress, and physical stressors such as a crash or poor posture are the leading causes of subluxation.

Most conditions are attributed to spinal subluxation, and chiropractic care might be all you need to alleviate or control them. Spinal adjustments, massage therapy, exercise, and dietary changes are among the treatment approaches in chiropractic care for spinal subluxation.