In Part-1 of this series, I discussed some common trends I’ve witnessed in patients who have an upper cervical subluxation.
Moving on, the effects of this problem continue to manifest themselves further down the spine; not just within the neck. Further signs of malfunction can develop… Things like acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion or excessive burping. Additionally, patients may notice chest pain or pressure that comes and goes, as well as trouble breathing.
And if that weren’t enough, constipation, diarrhea, or incontinence can occur! Men may even start noticing erectile dysfunction, and women can begin having painful periods. There can be numbness/tingling sensations within the legs, knee or foot pain, cold feet, hip pain, or generalized low back pain.
Many people won’t ever make the connection that these signs and symptoms are related. Instead, they might be tempted to assume they’re separate problems or are just part of “getting old.” The truth of the matter is that the nervous system communicates with every muscle, organ, tissue and cell in your entire body. When malfunction occurs, any part of the body can suffer. Symptoms are the warning signals that something is not functioning properly.
Allow me to reiterate that this is in no way the “only” way to determine if you have a subluxation. The signs and symptoms I’ve discussed here may or may not ever be noticed. They can seem very short-lived, and some patients may never recall experiencing them at all.
A thorough health history will be very helpful… Should a phenomenon known as retracing occur during the healing process, it will enable the doctor to better explain these sensations to the patient.
Always remember that there is a vital relationship between the spine and nervous system… Life’s easier with pressure OFF your nerves than ON them.
For over 100 years, chiropractors have been educating the public about the importance of spinal health. This blog series serves as an informational outline of common sensations that people can experience due to malfunction within the nervous system.