What is a Spinal Subluxation?

What is a Spinal Subluxation

You may have heard the term “subluxation” many times before, but you may not fully understand what it is or what kind of damage subluxations can cause to your body. This month we would like to provide you with a little more knowledge of spinal subluxations.

A subluxation is a term used to describe a joint that may not work the way it should, whether it is misaligned or not operating properly. Subluxations can occur in any joint within the body including the feet, shoulders, wrists, and knees. One of the most common areas that subluxations can occur is within the spine. These subluxations are known as spinal subluxations.

What is a spinal subluxation?

A spinal subluxation refers to a misaligned vertebrae within the spine from its normal position. When a vertebra becomes misaligned, the pressure put on the nerve roots within the spine can decrease the function of nerve signals between the body and brain. If left untreated, this can cause unbalance within other parts of your body that rely on that vertebra working properly.

Symptoms

If left untreated, spinal subluxations may begin to affect other parts of your general health and wellbeing. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms so you can quickly identify spinal subluxations and seek treatment.

Common signs that could indicate a spinal subluxation include:

  • Headaches – Headaches can often occur due to the buildup of pressure from a subluxation without release. This pressure continues to build upward until it reaches the base of the head causing tension headaches that often appear without warning.
  • Inability to move – Subluxations may cause muscle stiffness or inflexibility. This may make performing easy tasks more difficult due to an inability to move.
  • Pain in the back or neck – This is the most obvious sign of spinal subluxations as the pain spreads upward through the back and neck. Pain severity can range from mild discomfort to sharp, debilitating pain.

Spinal subluxations can also cause muscle tenderness, inflammation, pain, numbness, loss of feeling, limited mobility, and a tingling or burning sensation in the affected area.

Common causes

The causes of spinal subluxations can vary but they are most commonly caused by trauma. This includes major trauma from an injury or accident. However, micro-trauma from daily habits such as sleeping on your stomach or arm nightly, wearing a heavy bag on one side of your body, or looking down at a computer for a long time can also cause subluxations.

Another common cause of subluxation is stress. Strong feelings of stress and anxiety can cause tension within the body, especially in the neck and upper back. Stress can cause the muscles to become tight and may cause a spinal subluxation.

Treatment

If you suspect that you may have a spinal subluxation, the most recommended course of treatment is to visit a chiropractor. However, for minor cases relief can be achieved with stretches, over-the-counter pain medication, rest, and cold compresses.

Even if you want to try an at-home approach, we encourage you to come into our office for an official diagnosis. We will work with you to find a treatment that is right for you so that you can be the best healthiest version of yourself. For more information on spinal subluxations or to schedule an appointment, please contact Get Well Chiropractic of Northville today.

The Activator Method

The Activator Method

>One of the best aspects of chiropractic care is the variety of approaches chiropractors can utilize to treat your condition and improve your overall quality of life. The goal of chiropractic care is to use the manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, primarily the spine, to improve function, reduce pain and inflammation, and help your body to function at its best.

For some patients, chiropractors may choose to use their hands to manually deliver treatment, while other cases may require specialized tools and equipment for the desired results and are known as instrument-assisted adjustments. One of the most common instrument-assisted adjustment techniques is the Activator method.

What is the Activator Method?

The Activator method is a form of instrument-assisted spinal and joint manipulation, where a chiropractor uses a small hand-held device known as an Activator Adjustment Instrument, or more simply, an Activator.

This device works as an extension of the chiropractor’s hands to provide a gentle force without needing to twist and turn the patient’s body to correct misalignments. The nature of the device allows for precise adjustment, even to small localized areas. This method is commonly used to treat back pain, neck pain, chronic headaches, inflammation of joints, and spinal disc conditions.

This method is ideal for those who require gentler methods of manipulation such as those who are pregnant, have arthritis, or may be more hesitant to try traditional forms of manual manipulation.

It can be used as an alternative to traditional manipulation or in conjunction with other treatment options.

How does the activator method work?

Prior to the treatment, a physical evaluation is conducted often including reflex testing and possibly leg length testing to identify specific dysfunctions within the spine.

During treatment, the patient can lie down comfortably on an adjustment table and each area of the spine will be worked on individually with the Activator instrument.

The Activator, as mentioned previously, is a hand-held device that can be spring-loaded or electronic and is designed to mimic the effects of hand spinal manipulation. Using high-velocity low amplitude thrust, this instrument can gently realign your spine, relieve pressure from spinal nerves, and eliminate strain on nearby muscles.

The targeted area is gently tapped by the device with a small amount of pressure, followed by a single quick thrust. Due to the Activator’s speed, the muscles treated are less likely to tense making the patient more receptive to treatment. Following treatment, the patient is often re-evaluated to look for signs of correction. A typical treatment plan consists of a series of visits with routine evaluations.

There is no twisting or repositioning required during treatment making this technique preferable to other forms of manual manipulation.

What are the benefits of the Activator method?

By correcting spinal subluxations, or misalignments, the Activator method can provide the following benefits:

  • Restore proper function, motion, and sensation to the affected area
  • Reduce inflammation and stiffness in joints
  • Alleviate pain
  • Remove nerve blockages

Compared to other forms of manipulation, the Activator method can also provide localized treatment to specific areas of the body.

We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach that can address your needs and conditions and we will work with you to determine which treatment option is the right one for you. For more information on the Activator method or to schedule an appointment, please contact Get Well Chiropractic of Northville today.

High and Low Impact Activities Everyone Can Do

High and Low Impact Activities Everyone Can Do

High and Low Impact Activities Everyone Can DoMany of us know staying active is vital to living a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise is proven to reduce stress levels, improve sleep quality, boost your immune system, and prevent weight gain.

As we continue to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, you may be finding it difficult to exercise or maintain your exercise routine. However, exercise is more important than ever during these stressful times. We’ve provided some high and low impact activities as well as a few tips to help you get your body moving while following the CDC guidelines.

High Impact Activities

High impact activities are exercises that often require both feet to come off the ground while working out. These activities are called high impact because once your body leaves the ground, gravity forces you back down. This causes your feet to hit the ground with pressure often similar to carrying twice your bodyweight.

Some of the benefits of high impact exercises include an increased heart rate, improved bone density and cardiovascular strength, better balance and stability, and increased stamina.

High impact activities may not be ideal for those who have pre-existing injuries, have joint conditions, or have excess weight. This doesn’t mean that people with these conditions should not do high impact activities, but that they should be added into exercise routines in moderation. Incorporating a few high impact activities into a low impact routine is a great starting point that will help strengthen your body and burn calories. Some high impact workouts include:

  • Burpees
  • Jogging
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Jumping Lunges
  • Jumping Rope
  • Plyojacks
  • Running
  • Sprinting
  • Squat Jumps

Low Impact Activities

Low impact activities are exercises that often keep at least one foot on the ground while you are working out. Your joints absorb far less of an impact during these workouts making them ideal for those with pre-existing injuries, chronic inflammatory conditions, or beginners.

Don’t be fooled by the term “low-impact.” You can still achieve an excellent workout with low impact activities, but you may have to work a little harder. Some low impact exercises include:

  • Bicycling
  • Exercises on Elliptical Machines
  • Hiking
  • Pilates
  • Rowing
  • Strength Training
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Weightlifting
  • Yoga

By adding a mixture of low and high impact activities to your workout routine, you will be able to strengthen various muscle groups and provide your joints with rest when needed. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to exercising, so it may take time to find the right combination of activities that work for you. Remember, the key is to sit less and move more so that you can live a healthy life.

Tips for Exercising During The Pandemic

Right now, it can be tempting to skip your workouts or feel unmotivated due to closures of gyms and fitness centers. However, there are a lot of great resources and activities for you to utilize during these times.

Get outside if you can while practicing social distancing. Go for a walk, run, bike ride, or hike on a nearby trail and get some much-need fresh air and sunshine. It will not only get your blood pumping but also benefit your mental health.

For those who are missing the atmosphere of the gym, consider taking advantage of virtual classes or looking up some online exercise routines to regain the community feel and keep you motivated.

Though it is recommended that adults get at least 35-60 minutes of exercise a day, that doesn’t mean it has to be all at once. Consider breaking up your workouts so that you can fit them into your schedule better. Remember to follow a routine to maintain a sense of normalcy and listen to your body.

For more information on how to stay active and the benefits of regular exercise, contact Get Well Chiropractic of Northville today.

Can Chiropractic Care Help With Weight Loss?

Can Chiropractic Care Help With Weight Loss?

It is no secret that weight loss is a common goal for many people and as we enter the summer season many people may begin to look for some help in shedding extra pounds. Whether you are wanting to lose weight for a wedding, vacation, or simply just to look and feel better, we can help you maximize your results. Unknown to many, chiropractic care can offer some assistance in this area, especially for those who have reached a “plateau” in their weight loss journey.

How can chiropractic care help?

Sometimes an imbalance in the body can cause metabolic issues that prevent weight loss. As chiropractors, we can identify those issues so that they can be properly addressed. By combining nutritional counseling with holistic chiropractic methods, we can work with you to establish lifestyle changes to help you reach your weight loss goals, as each of these factors are important to achieving lasting results.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Did you know that spine subluxations can actually contribute to weight gain? The nerves in your spinal column help to deliver information to your brain and the rest of your body, so any misalignment can hinder the ability to transmit important information such as hunger cues.

Spinal misalignments may also cause pain and limited range of motion, which can make the exercise needed for weight loss more difficult or less enjoyable. With the help of chiropractic adjustments, we can help you achieve balance within your body so that you can perform at an optimal level without any pain. This relief will enable you to engage in exercises that are more effective when it comes to weight loss.

Nutritional Counseling

As chiropractors, we look at you holistically and offer additional services to better assist your needs. One of the services we are proud to provide is nutritional counseling or dietary advice.

As part of any successful weight loss program, a well-balanced diet is important to becoming a happier and healthier you. Our highly skilled team is here to ensure that you are maximizing your potential when it comes to fueling your body. Developing healthy eating habits is essential to not only reaching your goals but also maintaining your results.

We are here to support you through the entire process so you can experience a healthier life and lasting results.

Lifestyle Counseling

Your lifestyle choices can play a large factor in your overall health and wellbeing, including your weight. We can offer lifestyle recommendations that will help you with your weight loss journey. Since there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to exercise, we will work with you to tailor our recommendations for specific needs and preferences.

Whether you need help with stress management or simply need to find a regimen that works for you, we can help guide you through these obstacles and evaluate which lifestyle activities will be best for you and your weight loss goals.

Chiropractic care helps your body to not only feel better but also to perform at its best! Our team is ready to help you maximize your results throughout your weight loss journey whether you are just beginning or nearing the end. For more information on how chiropractic care can help you lose weight, contact Get Well Chiropractic of Northville today.