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What is Subluxation?

Subluxation is a term used in the chiropractic field to describe what happens when one of the joints between the vertebrae in your spine aren't functioning properly. The word subluxation is derived from the Latin words meaning somewhat or slightly (sub) and to dislocate (luxate). When this happens, the poorly functioning vertebra creates irritation and stress on the spinal nerves, blood vessels, and surrounding muscles. This irritation and stress can cause an imbalance in the body's normal processes as the nerves in the spinal column extend to the entire body and its organs. As time goes on and the uncorrected subluxation settles, and the damage to the nerve gets progressively worse different stages of subluxation degeneration set in.

Subluxations occur as our bodies reponse to too much stress. There are three major forms of stress; physical (trauma), mental, and chemical (environment and diet). Any one of these forms of stress can overwhelm the body resulting in the formation of a subluxation.

Chiropractors are specialists in correcting subluxation. A chiropractor can restore the poorly functioning vertebrae to reduce the surrounding irritation. They do this manually by using the chiropractic procedure known as a spinal adjustment. Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual pressure or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae. In some cases, the chiropractor may use an instrument to adjust the spine. Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of trauma, such as car accident, some discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. It is also common to feel a brief sensation immediately following an adjustment due to the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root.

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