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What is a Subluxation?

(pronounced sub-luck-say-shun)

Subluxations are problem areas of your spine that affect your entire nerve system. In these problem areas the spinal bones are misaligned or have lost their normal range of movement. This irritates or puts pressure on local nerves which interferes with the communication between your brain and body (and vice versa).

How do Subluxations Happen?

The stresses and strains of everyday living such as housework, gardening, desk work, lifting, or even sleeping in an awkward position can cause spinal problems. So can falls, accidents (especially car accidents), sports activities and injuries. In children, subluxations may occur during the birth process, while they learn to walk and play, and from everyday childhood activities.

What are Some Warnings Signs of Subluxations?

Symptoms such as headaches, back pain, neck stiffness, pain in your shoulders, arms or legs, numbness in your hands or feet, or nervousness are the most common signs of subluxations. But like a tooth cavity, most people will have a subluxation long before they even notice any symptoms.

How are Subluxations Corrected?

A well-trained, disciplined chiropractor will find these subluxations and with a highly skilled chiropractic adjustment to your spine reduce or correct these spinal misalignments (subluxations). If the subluxation have been present a short time, you may need only a few chiropractic adjustments. However, long-term or chronic subluxations will require more frequent chiropractic adjustments to retrain the problem area of your spine to hold the vertebrae in their normal, healthy positions. As subluxations are corrected, your nerve system starts to function properly again and your body heals itself with greater efficiency.

How Can I Avoid Subluxations?

If you want to keep subluxations from recurring, or new ones from developing, it's best to have periodic spinal checks by your chiropractor. A spinal check will determine if there are subluxations present or if your spine is holding it's adjustment. A chiropractor who works to do their best for you will only adjust when necessary and let your body do the rest. Combined with a sensible diet and moderate exercise, chiropractic care can help you enjoy the best of health for the rest of your life. As you learn about chiropractic and this inborn potential, we truly hope that you will choose regular wellness based chiropractic care as part of your family's ongoing health strategy.