Just as one damaged link can weaken an entire chain, a single subluxated bone in the spinal column can cause widespread damage throughout the body. Not only will a subluxation affect your body’s nerve supply, but it can also lead to chronic structural damage to the spine.
The neurological impact of a subluxation can be devastating. When nerve flow is choked off from the brain to the body, tissues and organs malfunction and the body breaks down from the inside. If the signal in any of the nerve circuits through the spine is diminished, the body part that it gives life to suffers. And since the whole body must function in concert to be at its healthiest, one sick or diseased organ weakens the entire body.
If you are under the impression that a single subluxation is no big deal, ask yourself which organ you can afford to damage.
To make matters worse, a single subluxation left uncorrected rarely remains a single subluxation. When the body is weakened by one subluxation, the potential for developing others increases dramatically, as your body is always working to maintain balance. Imagine you have a stack of building blocks. If you tilt one block to the side, all of the blocks above it will lean that way as well. In order to overcome the imbalance, one of the leaning blocks will have to be tilted back in the opposite direction. This is how one subluxation can spawn others.
In addition to impaired nerve function, the structural imbalance resulting from subluxations accelerates spinal decay. Bone spurs or calcium deposits result from weaknesses created by subluxations. The degeneration is your body’s attempt to strengthen a weakened spine. It’s like building up a callous on irritated skin.
Remember also that the discs are affected by the bones that surround them. When vertebra tilt to the side they squeeze the disc between them and can cause it to become weak and brittle, bulge, or even herniate. So what started as one subluxation can end up as a degenerated spine.
Like so many things in life, a poor quality of health is the end result of several little factors that compound upon one another. Address them early on while they are still small and the problem becomes much more manageable. Wait until a single problem has grown into a full scale crisis, and you’ve got a much larger battle on your hands. It is much easier to correct a single subluxation than it is to eventually try to overcome the resultant nerve irritation, spinal decay, and disc degeneration. Like routine dental visits, regular spinal check-ups can prevent a simple fix from growing into something much more serious.