What is a Subluxation

When your chiropractor tells you that he/she has found a subluxation in your spine, you need to know what that means.  Here is a brief explanation of subluxation.

Subluxation : When one or several bones in your spine are in such a position that they are not aligned with each other.  This disrelationship can cause spinal nerves that exit from the spinal cord through the bones (vertebrae) of your spine to become compressed and irritated. 

When we group the brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves together, what results is the most complex system of your body, the nervous system.  Once spinal nerves are irritated or compressed, they can lose their ability to properly send signals coming from the brain.  This is important because your brain uses the spinal cord and the spinal nerves coming out from between the bones (vertebrae) of your spine to coordinate every single action in your body. 

As chiropractors, we recognize that in order for your nervous system to efficiently coordinate every action in your body, it must do so under the direction of some kind of intelligence.  In chiropractic, we call this intelligence, Innate Intelligence.  Innate means : existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual from birth.  Your Innate Intelligence uses the nervous system to coordinate and properly run your body.  If some of the nerves that your Innate Intelligence uses are irriated and compressed due to a subluxation, the function of those nerves may be compromised.  As a result, messages from the brain will not get to all parts of the body at the full potential possible and can result in those body parts which are not receiving messages from the brain to also not work properly.

Chiropractors are the only health care professionals who are trained to locate, analyze, and correct subluxations of the human spine.  This is done through analyzing findings from physical examination, neurologic evaluation, and X-rays when necessary.


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