When the bones in the spinal column or vertebrae become misaligned or move out of their normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a variety of reasons. The common reason for subluxations are repetitive movements or something that the patient is doing on a daily basis such as typing on a computer, talking on the phone with your head tillted to the side, lifting and/or prolonged sitting. People as get subluxations from accidents or injuries.
Why is it important to fix subluxations? When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways that the messages sent from the brain need to be clear in order to be completed properly.
As time goes by and a subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs can begin to degenerate. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by as the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. The body is an amazing machine. It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is and the longer it takes to get back to near perfect position.