Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Understanding Spinal Subluxation

By Jerome Hoffman

Referred pain may be a confusing phenomenon, as it involves pain which comes from one area of the body, but is felt in another. There are many theories regarding the mechanism that causes referred pain, but no conclusive determinations. Chronic referred pain can be caused by a spinal disorder and is generally associated with myofascial pain syndrome.

What Causes Referred Pain? Myofascoal pain syndrome is typically caused by repeated tightenings of the muscles. These muscle contractions can be caused by the repetitive motions used in certain activities, such as painting, or due to stress. Sensitive areas can also develop after an injury. These sensitive spots can become trigger points which generate referred pain throughout the body, oftentimes back pain. Oftentimes, referred pain is chronic and gets more severe in time.

Without treatment, here are several of the changes that may occur in the spinal tissue: Rigidity of the joints and ligaments, Development of scar tissue from normal, healthy tissue (Fibrosis), Muscle atrophy, Muscle spasms and pain, Formation of trigger points within the muscle tissue.

As soon as these problems develop in the spine, consequences may be noted all throughout the body. As tissue surrounding the nerves becomes damaged, the nerve signals may be modified. The spinal cord sends information to organs and muscles in every part of the body, so a spinal subluxation can cause radiating effects that may not instantly appear related to the spine. Symptoms ranging from headaches to poor digestion health may be the result of damage in the spine. Typically, local symptoms such as pain, numbness, and poor mobility will also be experienced and point to the exact source of the problem.

The specialists at SpineOne can in Denver can work closely with you to determine the cause of your symptoms and offer personalized therapy. Our services include chiropractic, massage, and physical therapy to support the total wellness of the spine.

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