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What Is Vertebral Subluxation?

Whether for maintenance and preventative measures, or to have that pesky disc or joint looked at due to pain, we see the chiropractor for a number of specific reasons. One reason that will never change, and is universal for all patients is the fact that chiropractic care is sought out in order to make us feel better, function better, and have better overall health and mobility.


The non invasive methods of chiropractic care have given it mass appeal, especially those who are doing all they can to avoid being put under the knife or be forced to take pills and medications. They've certainly come to the right place, but do they really know what's being done when they see a chiropractor? A few cracks and pops here and there take the pain away in seconds, but what exactly is happening during this time?

A healthy spine equates a healthy body. Pain is the body's not so subtle way of telling us that something is wrong within the nervous system or the musculoskeletal system. This pain is what's known as a vertebral subluxation complex. Chiropractic vertebral subluxation complex is the term used for the components that influence the occurrence of vertebral subluxation. Vertebral subluxation is the partial dislocation of a spinal vertebra from its normal position, which is why it causes us pain, muscle tenderness, inflammation and can even decrease the spinal mobility. If untreated by a chiropractor through manipulations and adjustments, muscle spasm and hypertonicity will ensue that can impair the movement of the body.

In order for a chiropractor to properly treat a vertebral subluxation, he or she must first assess the damage done by the displacement of the vertebra. This is done through x-rays and hands on exams. Often times things such as posture or continuous repetitive movements can effect the spine negatively and damage it severely. Poor diet and nutrition can sometimes contribute to a number of vertebral subluxations as well. Chiropractors are the only healthcare practitioners that are trained in identifying, locating and correcting the vertebral subluxation complex and abnormalities are present in the neuromusculoskeletal system.


Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

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