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What is an Upper Cervical Subluxation?

What is an Upper Cervical Subluxation?

In the simplest terms, an upper cervical subluxation (or a Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of the spine (or vertebrae) move out of position, irritating or creating pressure on the spinal nerves.
Spinal nerves are the nerves that protrude out from between each of the bones in the spine. This irritation or pressure on the nerves will then cause those nerves to malfunction as well as interfere with the signals that travel via these nerves.
How does this affect you? For starters, the nervous system coordinates and controls all the functions of the body, thus, when you interfere with the signals that travel over nerves, parts of the body will cease to get the proper nerve messages forcing a person to not function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, one or more parts of the body will not be working properly.
It is the responsibility of the upper cervical chiropractic to locate any subluxations, while correcting or reducing them properly. This is achieved through a series of chiropractic adjustments that are specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in the spine. Upper cervical chiropractors are the only professionals who have undergone the years of training necessary to be the experts at correcting subluxations.

Exploring the Subluxation Further

In reality, Vertebral Subluxations are a combination of variables going on at the same time. These variables occur in the spine and throughout the body. For this reason alone, upper cervical chiropractors often refer to vertebral subluxations as the “Vertebral Subluxation Complex” (sometimes VSC for short.)
In the VSC, a wide range of events are happening inside the body at the same time. These various changes, which are known as “components,” are all one part of the vertebral subluxation complex. Upper cervical chiropractors commonly recognize five categories of components present in the VSC, including:
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The Osseous (Bone)

This component is where the vertebrae are either not moving properly, out of position,, or are undergoing physical changes (like degeneration), and is sometimes referred to as kinesiopathology.

The Nerve Component

This is the malfunctioning of the nerve. Expert research has proven that only a miniscule amount of pressure on the spinal nerves can have a truly profound impact on the function of the nerves. This component is scientifically referred to as neuropathology.

The Muscle Component

This component is also involved in VSC. Because the muscles help hold the vertebrae in place — and because nerves control the muscles themselves — the muscles are an integral part of any VSC. As a matter of fact, muscles both affect, and are affected by the VSC. This component, in particular, is scientifically known as myopathology.

The Soft Tissue Component

The soft tissue component is when the patient has misaligned vertebrae and pressure on nerves, which results in changes in the surrounding soft tissues.
This means the ligaments, blood supply, tendons, and other tissues undergo changes. These changes can happen at the point of the Vertical Subluxation Complex or far away at some end point of the affected nerves. This component is referred to as histopathology.
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The Chemical Component

This is when all of the components of the VSC are acting on the body, thus, causing some degree of chemical changes. These chemical changes can be massive or slight depending on what parts of the body are affected by the subluxations. This component is widely known as biochemical abnormalities.

Correcting Vertical Subluxation Complex

Chiropractors have been aware of the dangers subluxations pose people for over one hundred years. However, today, more scientific evidence is shining a light on the dangers of subluxations as well as the health benefits of effectively correcting them.
In order to be truly healthy, it is imperative that the nervous system is allowed to function free of interference from subluxations. At Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Georgia, our goal is to allow our patients’ bodies to return itself to the highest level of health possible. We do this by correcting VSC.
Upper cervical chiropractors are the ONLY health professionals out there that are trained in the detection, location, and correction of the VSC.