The brain stem and spinal cord are the primary pathways for nerve impulses to and from the brain. Messages back and forth through these spinal nerves control health and function of nearly every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body.
Nerve tissue is so important that it is the only tissue protected by bone. The skull protects the brain and the 24 moving bones of the spinal column protects the spinal cord.
A subluxation occurs when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position or get ‘stuck’ and create pressure on, or irritate, spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals transmitted over the nervous system that helps keep your brain in touch with your body.
When vertebral bones are misaligned a lot of additional problems can result:
- Muscles supporting the spine can become too tight and go into spasm or can weaken.
- A rise in temperature from an increase in blood and lymph supplies results in swelling and inflammation. Discs can bulge, herniate, tear or degenerate. Ligaments and other connective tissue can also become inflamed and may suffer permanent damage.
- Bone spurs and other abnormal bony growths attempt to fuse malfunctioning spinal joints (arthritic degeneration). This spinal decay, scar tissue and long-term nerve dysfunction can cause other systems of the body to malfunction.