AlbertDisuzaMemberNovember 7, 2012 at 5:01 pmPost count: 26
Hi Doctor, I have a question in mind and would like to know its meaning if you could spare a few minutes for me. I want to know that what exactly does vertebral subluxation mean and how can it be treated? Is massage therapy more effective or acupunture in getting rid of the problems associated with vertebral subluxation? Thanks in advance for any replies from your side.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorNovember 7, 2012 at 6:23 pmPost count: 8460
The term “vertebra subluxation” has two different meanings. If you are a spine surgeon, the term means partial dislocation and is normally associated with trauma from a spine fracture. The vertebra is partially dislocated but still has some semblance of alignment.
If you are a chiropractor, the term means “vertebra that is misaligned” in the normal physiological sense. Vertebrae have a typical range of motion that they have the ability to go through. If a vertebra is restricted or “stuck” somewhere in that normal range and is prevented from traveling its full potential range of motion, this would be considered a chiropractic “subluxation”.
The chiropractic manipulation is designed to open up the normal full range of motion of the travel of that vertebra. The “pop” that is heard during the “adjustment” is the cavitation of the facet joints in the rear of the spine. All joints in the body are under negative pressure or “suction”. Just like removing a wet drinking glass from a glass coffee table and hearing the suction release with a “pop”, the joint also releases with the same physics.
Acupuncture and massage do not typically “release” the facet joints if you are talking about the “subluxation”. Acupuncture and massage are however, effective for temporary pain relief in many patients.
Dr. CorenmanAlbertDisuzaMemberNovember 11, 2012 at 12:28 amPost count: 26
Thank you doctor for your reply. But I have a question here. Doesn’t chiropractic offer a permanent solution in treating any spine related problems. Is the treatment not permanent or the patient gets only temporary pain relief?Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorNovember 11, 2012 at 1:26 amPost count: 8460
Chiropractic manipulation manages spinal disorders but does not cure them.
Dr. CorenmanAlbertDisuzaMemberNovember 12, 2012 at 12:30 amPost count: 26
Thank you doctor for your reply. I was just curious to know this because there are many chiropractors who claim to completely cure a disease with chiropractic instead of relieving the pain and adjusting the spinal structure.
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