What is a subluxation?
Subluxation refers to a spinal or peripheral joint
that is relatively immobile or out of place. Subluxations create an
imbalance in the spine, affecting the way our body and brain communicate
with one another, irritating nerves and blood vessels and possibly
causing pain and dysfunction in muscles and organs.
What causes a subluxation?
Accidents, injuries and inherited spinal weaknesses are
common causes of subluxations. Other causes include poor sleeping habits,
poor posture, obesity, stress, a sedentary lifestyle and too little
How is a subluxation corrected?
Chiropractors treat subluxations with a healing technique
called spinal adjustment, a procedure that involves applying specific,
short, quick thrusts to return vertebrae (the bones that compose the
spine and protect the spinal cord) to their proper position. They may
also use other tools and techniques, and will explain these to you at
Does the adjustment hurt?
Most chiropractic adjustments are painless; in fact,
the adjustment may feel good and can be relieving.
If you've had a recent injury, however, adjustments can irritate inflamed
tissue and cause some discomfort. Some people also experience odd sensations
in their extremities after adjustments. This is a normal reaction to
the relieving of pressure on nerves and is usually no cause for concern.
How old should a person be before
receiving chiropractic care?
While every chiropractor has his or her own preference, people of all
ages are candidates for chiropractic treatment. Even
babies can have subluxations, due to the rigors of birth. In general,
it's best to treat children's subluxations early, as they interfere
with nerves that control developing muscles and organs. With an early
checkup, your chiropractor can detect these problems while they're easy
Should I go to a chiropractor
if I feel fine?
Your chiropractor can recognize and detect problem areas in your spine
before they develop into problem conditions. Chiropractic
adjustments may help to maintain or support a healthy spine, and maintenance
spinal care programs, which may include advice on posture, nutrition
and exercise, can effectively prevent pain. Regular checkups will also
ensure that small stresses on the spine don't become major misalignments.
How will the adjustment help
Chiropractic adjustments help eliminate interference
that prevents your body from healing itself. Misaligned vertebrae interfere
with your nervous system, which affects organs and muscles throughout
your body. Your chiropractor treats the underlying problem, which can
alleviate painful symptoms.
Does an adjustment have to make
a noise to be effective?
No. While it's true that patients often hear a "pop"
during an adjustment, similar to the sound you'd hear cracking your
knuckles, it's not related to the treatment's effectiveness. Instead,
the explanation lies in a lubricant called synovial fluid that's found
in every joint. That fluid contains dissolved gases. Separating joints
creates pressure, which forces the gases to rapidly escape, creating
How does chiropractic care help
Pregnancy places additional weight and stress on women's
bodies. Chiropractic treatment can help relieve pregnancy-related low
back, leg and shoulder blade pain. It may also reduce incidences of
headache and nausea. Ask your chiropractor how much experience he or
she has in treating pregnant women.
Is it true that chiropractors
do not prescribe medication or perform surgery?
Yes. Chiropractors don't prescribe medication or perform
invasive procedures. They believe the body has the ability to heal itself,
and therefore focus on providing it with the right elements for self-restoration.
This makes chiropractic one of the safest of all treatments.
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