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Harwich Chiropractor | Harwich chiropractic care | MA | Joint Fixation

  Latimer Chiropractic
            Total Wellness Center      
    

       1599 Orleans Rd (Route 39)
     Harwich, MA 02645

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508-432-5008

Monday 8-6
Tuesday 7-12
Wednesday 8-6
Thursday closed
Friday 7-5
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Joint Fixation

 

 

What is a Joint Fixation and what does it do to me?


First, the simple explanation.

Joint Fixation

In simplest terms, a Vertebral Joint Fixation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position, decrease their normal range of motion, and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Nerve roots are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerve roots then causes them to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling through those nerves.

How does this affect you?  Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly. It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate joint fixations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct and retrain the joint motion in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.

Now, the detailed explanation.

Joint Fixations are really a combination of changes going on at the same time. These changes occur both in your spine and throughout your body.  These various changes, known as "components," are all part of the vertebral subluxation complex. Chiropractors commonly recognize five categories of components present. These five are:

The osseous (bone) component is where the vertebrae are either out of position, not moving properly, or are undergoing physical changes such as degeneration. This component is sometimes known as kinesiopathology

Joint Fixation Explained

The Nerve Component is the malfunctioning of the nerve. Research has shown that only a small amount of pressure on spinal nerves can have a profound impact on the function of the nerves.  Wrong signals can overstimulate the target (pain or spasm) or understimulate(tingle/numb). This component is scientifically known as neuropathology

The Muscle Component is also involved. Since the muscles help hold the vertebrae in place, and since nerves control the muscles themselves, muscles are an integral part of any VSC.  Muscles can go into spasm or become weak. This component is known as myopathology.

The Soft Tissue Component is when you have misaligned vertebrae and pressure on nerves resulting in changes in the surrounding soft tissues. This means the tendons, ligaments, blood supply, and other tissues undergo changes. These changes can occur at the point of the VSC or far away at some end point of the affected nerves. This component is also known as histopathology

The Chemical Component is when all these components of the VSC are acting on your body, and therefore causing some degree of chemical changes. These chemical changes can be slight or massive depending on what parts of your body are affected by  the nerve pressure. This component is often known as biochemical abnormalities.

Chiropractors have known about the health dangers ofjoint fixations for over one hundred years. Today, more scientific evidence is showing the dangers of joint fixations and the health benefits of correcting them. To be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from joint fixations. Our goal is to allow your body to return itself to the highest level of health possible by correcting VSC.  Chiropractors are the ONLY health professionals trained in the detection, location, and correction of the VSC.

 
 
 
Harwich Chiropractor | Joint Fixation. Dr. Pamela Latimer is a Harwich Chiropractor.