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There are two types of subluxation. One type pinches or compresses the nerves thus causing interference along that nerve root. An example of this is sciatica. The other causes a twisting or stretching of the spinal cord which is known as adverse mechanical cord tension. This stretching causes a change in the tone of the nervous system like over tuning a guitar string changes the notes the string plays. The change in tone can cause a nerve to be over stimulated, which we call facilitation, or can squeeze the spinal cord restricting nerve flow. Either way, abnormal nerve function results which has a profound impact or our spinal health and overall health of our body and mine. Below are some examples of the benefits of subluxation correction and the destructive effects that subluxation can have on us.

Healthy nervous system. Provides proper communication between the brain and the body. The brain controls and orchestrates all the functions of the body; movement, strength, coordination and balance. It regulates the systems of the body: the musculoskeletal system, immune system, digestive system, respiratory system, and circulatory system. The brain also orchestrates the healing process. When the spine is out of alignment, it stretches and compresses the spinal cord and spinal nerves which causes interference with the communication between the brain and the body and affects the brains ability to keep the body functioning properly.

Good posture and alignment. When two vertebraes are out of alignment, they rub together and wear away the disc and the joints of the spine causing herniated discs and arthritis or degenerative joint disease. This leads to back pain, pinched nerves and disability. Good posture and alignment of the spine lead to healthy spinal structures and improvement in the overall state of the body and mind. 

Better flexibility, less prone to injury. When your back or neck is tight and stiff and lacking in flexibility, you will be more prone to back injuries during routine movements that you normally do all the time. The example is, “all I did was bend over to pick up a pencil and my back went out.” The spine was already tense and stiff. There wasn’t proper muscle coordination and something gets sprained or strained. The injury isn’t the cause, it is, “the straw that broke the camels back.” It is important to remember, that to fully recover, the underlying cause of the injury, the subluxation, has to be resolved. A healthy spine is flexible and limber and able to quickly adapt to a change in position or a change in load, like lifting something without injury.

Faster Healing of Injuries and conditions. It is essential that the brain is fully connected to the body for healing to occur. Otherwise the body lays down temporary scar tissue and the injured or diseased area never really functions correctly. The body just compensates for it in the form of restricted activity and you are left with the start of a disability that often becomes progressively worse with time. The more clear the communication is between the brain and the body, the faster the body will be able to heal itself and recover from an injury. When the underlying cause of the injury is subluxation and tension that has accumulated in the spine, NSA helps to release the tension (the cause) which then creates the necessary environment for healing/recovery to occur.