Vertebral subluxations are a common form of spinal misalignment. Many people suffering from them often accept them as a part of life, as an ache or a pain that comes with getting older or sleeping poorly. Subluxations, however, are by no means normal and should always be scrutinized and resolved. Doing so will reset the proper curvature and alignment of the spine to prevent further postural issues.
Traditional chiropractic approaches assess subluxations in a qualitative way, relying on a few markers to determine where the misalignment exists and how to best set it back into alignment:
- Range of motion abnormalities;
- Degree of pain;
- Visual deformities in the spine (humps, bulges, etc.);
- Postural defects and positional stances;
- Observed symptoms relating to compressed nerve pathways of the spine.
While these criteria have proven successful in approaching and resolving subluxations for many practitioners, Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) extends the value of these assessment criteria to also include quantitative factors:
- Mirror imaging to juxtapose the degree of misalignment with ideal spinal position;
- Geometric mapping to qualify the movement and gauge its severity;
- Incremental movement assessments to return alignment in a sustainable fashion.
CBP pairs the qualitative observations of a traditional chiropractic approach with the quantitative integers needed to derive an appropriate treatment plan. Rather than assessing and adjusting, CBP assess, maps, and then adjusts, to ensure the adjustments being made are precise, accurate, and beneficial.
Deriving a treatment plan
Once the severity of a vertebral subluxation is known to a calculable degree, steps can be taken to mapping its return trajectory back to normal. For example, a slight subluxation of T7 and T8 of the thoracic spine may require 10 incremental treatments to send them back to position, while 36 total treatments might be required to provide the same level of realignment to C4 and C5 of the cervical spine.
Knowing the nature and position of the subluxation in terms of CBP means being able to predict the future of treatment in such a way as to ensure the finished results are ideal. This is a strong departure from the “in the moment” nature of other chiropractic approaches that adjust based on the present. Though the goal may be the same, the approach makes all the difference.
If you’re faced with constant back pain or have noticed a marked decline in your quality of life in another area, consider speaking with a CBP practitioner regarding an assessment for a vertebral subluxation. Through a thorough, comprehensive assessment, your chiropractor may be able to shed light on misaligned vertebrae in your spine and provide you with sound data to explain the shift. Moreover, they could also have the data needed to set it right, thanks to CBP.
Consult with the professionals at Ideal Spine Health Center Today and see why we’re the leading resource for vertebral subluxation assessments in Boise, ID. We’re ready to offer you a free exam, to determine the health of your spine.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.