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What is a Vertebral Subluxation?


In medicine, there is so much high level terminology thrown around that it may seem difficult to keep up with. With respect to certain diseases, conditions, anatomical definitions, body parts, body system interactions, and much more, we see that in order to fully understand certain aspects of our medical care delivery, there is a degree of education that is important.

In chiropractic care, which is a discipline of alternative medicine rather than of traditional medicine, there is no exception. The musculoskeletal system is quite complex, and so are the interactions of the musculoskeletal system with other body systems. In order to understand the functions of the musculoskeletal system, the interactions between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous systems, and the overall terminology and processes that we need to understand to play an informed role in our own chiropractic care, there are some basic things that we need to know.

One of these basic concepts that we must understand to fully grasp chiropractic care as an intervention in musculoskeletal health is the vertebral subluxation. In chiropractic care, a vertebral subluxation refers to a structural displacement in one of the spine’s 33 bones, which are called vertebrae. When there is a certain problem with the alignment of the vertebrae, such as a vertebra being out of place within the spine’s structural alignment or a disc that has slipped out between two of the vertebra, then a chiropractor is able to diagnose the problem and figure out a solution.

This solution usually comes in the form of a chiropractic adjustment, in which the chiropractor will be able to restore proper alignment in the spine and make sure that the structural integrity of the spine and all of its components is what it is supposed to be. These adjustments can be performed manually or with the help of an instrument.

Chiropractic care may seem like a foreign and strange concept, but it has been linked to significantly improved musculoskeletal outcomes in a variety of patients. A vertebral subluxation may be viewed differently by another medical professional other than a chiropractor but you can be assured that a chiropractor is going to take a completely natural approach to solving the problem, free of pharmaceuticals or surgical interventions.  

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