What is a Stuck Joint / Subluxation / Joint Restriction?
A Stuck Joint, Subluxation or joint restriction is defined as: An abnormal relationship between two adjacent articular structures (joints) that may have functional or pathologic sequelae, causing a change in the biomechanical and/or neurophysiological relationship between these articular structures.
Basically, it is a joint that has restricted movement and is “stuck” due to trauma, repetitive strain injuries, poor ergonomics, or tight dysfunctional muscles. Having a joint that is stuck or fixed in the wrong position can often times cause pain due to compression of the pain receptors (nociceptors).
It can eventually lead to abnormal wearing of the joints which can cause pain, discomfort, and degeneration of the spine. It can cause chronic inflammation and at times radiating pain, numbness, tingling or weakness.
At Impact Injury Center, we have a strong belief that the first step in reducing pain and improving function requires treating the injured muscles, tendons and ligaments in order to take tension off of the spine and other joints. Active Release Techniques, Functional Range Release Techniques and Graston Technique are all treatments provided at Impact Injury Center that can get you back to a pain free and functional life in a short period of time.