Subluxation might be new terminology for you but as neurologically focused chiropractors its our major focus to prevent and remove. Therefore, understanding what subluxation is and how it affects your child’s health can help you prioritize your child’s well-being.
On the other side of subluxation, which essentially means stress stuck on the nervous system, is a healthy, optimal developing nervous system. The impact of subluxation on your child’s health can be profound. A subluxation-free nervous system helps regulate the gut, immune, and motor systems, ensuring that everything works seamlessly with your child’s brain.
We want to help you understand subluxation fully and recognize how influential it can be in treating various challenges, such as gut issues, sensory issues, emotional and behavioral issues, and immune issues. So we’ll break down the science and the story of subluxation in a straightforward way to help you better understand it.
One thing to keep in mind is that subluxation is not something you will hear about from a standard pediatrician or traditional medical office. Unfortunately, the medical definition of subluxation is outdated and oversimplified. They often do not understand the neurological component of subluxation, which is where we’ll focus most of our time. As neurologically focused pediatric chiropractors, we specialize in subluxation treatment.
THE 3 PARTS OF SUBLUXATION
Subluxation has three parts to it.
The first part of subluxation is misalignment, which leads to subsequent subluxation parts. These subluxations occur in a sequential order, and they are primarily related to the neuromotor system, specifically the musculoskeletal system, neck, and neuro spinal system. The spine is the most influential motor system we have, and when there is misalignment of the vertebrae and spine, it leads to fixation.
Fixation can also be referred to as tension or altered tone. It’s important to note that the first parts of subluxation are related to motor function. However, subluxation goes beyond the musculoskeletal system. It is a neurological issue that affects neuromotor function. That’s why some motor-based challenges, such as proprioception, tone coordination, and others, are related to subluxation.
#3. NEUROLOGICAL IMBALANCE
The third element of subluxation is where the real challenge lies. Subluxation causes neurological imbalance within the brain and nervous system. When the nervous system is interfered with, there is incoordination interference and imbalance with the central or autonomic nervous system. This interference is referred to as dysautonomia – which is a multitude of health conditions that are caused by problems with the autonomic nervous system.
When subluxation is present, it shifts the nervous system into sympathetic fight or flight dominance, which is our survival mode. However, it is not the mode that promotes growth, digestion, sleep, and immune function.
NEUROLOGICALLY-FOCUSED CHIROPRACTIC CARE
The neuro-spinal structural system is our access point to the central autonomic nervous system, which is how God designed us. The skull and spine protect the central nervous system, brainstem, vagus nerve, and other important structures. By making safe, gentle, natural adjustments, we can improve the function of the nervous system by clearing out subluxation and stress. These adjustments are drug-free and can help improve your child’s health.
From the beginning, when subluxation occurs, it can negatively affect several systems in the body. The first thing it does is shut down gut motility and function, which looks like reflux, colic, and constipation in infants and nervous stomach in children. Subluxation can also impact the immune system and clog up the ears, contributing to ear infections, RSV, other respiratory challenges, and an autoimmune environment over time. Finally, it can affect motor and developmental milestones, which is why it’s crucial to address subluxation early on in a child’s life.
Subluxation is a complex issue with three distinct components. First, there’s the misalignment of the spine, which leads to fixation that can affect motor function. This, in turn, can impact the nervous system’s neuromotor influence, leading to stress on the system. When stress becomes stuck on the nervous system, it can cause ongoing stress in the brain and nervous system.
Children who experience a stressful pregnancy or delivery, known as birth trauma, or other traumatic events can experience a wide range of symptoms, from colic and reflux to difficulty sleeping and developmental issues. Sensory and behavioral challenges are also common signs of stress on the nervous system. Subluxation is often overlooked by average chiropractors and pediatricians, but it can be the key to solving many of your child’s health challenges.
The benefits of addressing subluxation are numerous and far-reaching. When the nervous system functions optimally, the gut, immune system, and motor function all improve. Children sleep better, regulate their emotions more effectively, and experience natural neurological healing.
Please reach out if you have any questions regarding chiropractic and subluxation and/or would like to schedule an initial consultation for you and your family.