Sims Chiropractic Blog

4 Phases of Vertebral Subluxations

Posted: February 13, 2014
By: Drs Jacob & Laura Sims

Discomfort and health issues are usually the result of years and years of wear and tear on the body. Think about some of the stress we’ve caused: childhood bumps, scrapes, bruises and falls; years of physical impact on our joints; sitting for hours in front of a computer; lifting improperly; and emotional stress. Collectively, life just takes a toll.

The spine is like a super highway from the brain to the rest of the body. Over the years, our active (and even inactive) lifestyle can wreak havoc on our spinal nervous system. Any type of interference along the way and the body will dysfunction, causing various health issues.  The scientific name for this problem is called a vertebral subluxation.

It’s possible for vertebral subluxations to go unnoticed and ignored for many years, decades even. However, over time, the damage will get worse. It’s important to understand and be mindful of the warning signs. Here are the four phases of spinal subluxation:

Subluxation - Phase One

During phase one, there is often a change or loss of the curve in the neck as well as slight changes to the space between the discs of the spine. Unfortunately, all subluxation issues start with phase one, which can go undetected for up to 20 years. Ongoing visits to a principled chiropractor for regular adjustments are recommended to stop subluxation from reaching phase two.

Subluxation - Phase Two

Individuals with phase two begin to notice issues with discomfort, dysfunction and limited range of motion. By the time a person reaches phase two, their subluxation has gone on for 20-40 years. Over that time, the space between spinal discs has changed. Also, x-rays will show calcium deposits in the form of spurs or arthritis. Immediate care is needed at this point. Otherwise, degeneration will continue to lead to phase three.

Subluxation - Phase Three

Phase three occurs when problems have been left uncorrected for 40 to 65 years. The signs are the same as phase one and two -- however, more severe. By stage three, the curvature of the spine is noticeable because there is a significant decrease in the space between discs. There is also an advanced growth of calcium buildup. Unfortunately, individuals in phase three often have major restrictions in their range of motion as well as a great amount of discomfort. Finally, if this is not corrected, it advances to phase four.

Subluxation - Phase Four

By phase four, a subluxation has been left untreated for over 65 years. A person in this situation is in extreme discomfort and is unable to function well. Subluxation that reaches phase four likely results in a severe amount of nerve damage because little to no space remains between vertebrae, and the curvature of the spine or neck is completely changed.

As you might expect, individuals in phase four subluxation have an abundant amount of health issues. Unfortunately, complete correction may not be possible. However, adjustments should be considered to at least give some reduction in symptoms and discomfort.

Take Action Today

As you can see, subluxation is not something that you want to ignore. In fact, because some symptoms may appear invisible for years, it’s important to seek ongoing chiropractic adjustment. A chiropractor will carefully evaluate your body and provide appropriate adjustments that will keep you from moving down the chain of subluxation.

Make time to care for your spinal nervous system. Schedule an appointment with Sims Family Chiropractic Care today!