Wednesday the 18th of this month celebrates 118 years since the first Chiropractic adjustment took place. Hence, the profession has claimed September as Subluxation Awareness Month because Subluxation, or more properly Vertebral Subluxation, is the foundation for what the Chiropractic profession addresses and is unique to the Chiropractic profession.
So what is a Subluxation? According to The Chiropractic Textbook it's a condition of a vertebra that has lost its proper juxtaposition with the one above and the one below, or both; to an extent less than a luxation; which impinges nerves and interferes with the transmission of mental impulses. So what does that really mean? Quite simply, that everyday stresses of everyday life cause the vertebrae of the spine to misalign, or subluxate, which interferes with the proper communication between the brain and the body not allowing the body to function at its optimum best.
So what do Chiropractors do about these Subluxations? We assist the body in helping it correct these Subluxations by applying a gentle specific force, or what Chiropractor's call an adjustment. The body uses this force (adjustment) to correct its own Subluxations. Other than assisting the body in correcting these Subluxations, the only other thing we should be doing as Chiropractors is educating people on the importance of living a life free of these Subluxations.
Unfortunately, most people in this society, believe Chiropractors to be treatment doctors - i.e. neck and back pain fixers. However, that has only happened because most of the Chiropractic profession work for the insurance companies and the insurance companies pay for the treatment of neck and back pain. Although, I do not know of a single Chiropractor that only uses Chiropractic care for the treatment of anything. Every Chiropractor that I know gets their own spine checked and check the spines of their family multiple times a week on a lifetime basis. Much like brushing their teeth, eating healthy, exercising, or any other activity that is good for the body's well being. Chiropractic is no different. Chiropractic care should be utilized by every man, woman, and child on this planet from the time that they take their first breath until their last, because these life robbing Subluxations are interfering with how well the brain is able to properly communicate the life giving messages to the body.
I hope this blog has made people aware of Subluxation and the benefits of regular Chiropractic care. The office will be having a birthday party on the 18th of this month to celebrate 118 years of Chiropractic and everyone is invited. There will be a spine cake along with other finger foods all day long, but the majority of the activities will happen between 11-3 on that day.
Hope to see y'all there!