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Understanding Subluxations (Pain in the Back)

By Randi Morse

Unless you have had one, know someone who has had one, or work in the medical field, it's likely you have never heard the word subluxation before. Subluxation is the medical term used when there is a misalignment of the vertebrae of the spine. Subluxation can happen in a variety of different ways and are not that uncommon. What is frustrating is that subluxation can be very painful and can affect your daily life. How do you know if you have a subluxation? Here are some of the most common symptoms.

Difficulty Moving

Have you had stiffness or inflexibility in your back?  Do you notice that it's more difficult to perform a chore than it used to be, that doing things like tying your shoes or reaching for a can on a high shelf seems much harder?  People dealing with subluxation often find their bodies are stiff, a situation which can become exacerbated if the person stops moving because they are in pain from the subluxation.


When someone seeks treatment for a subluxation, it is generally because they are dealing with a great amount of pain. The pain may start with mild discomfort only to become more painful if the problem is not resolved. Many find that both their back and their neck are painful to move. If you have been dealing with persistent pain in your back or neck, it is definitely a good idea to seek the help of a chiropractor.


Headaches are fairly common, which is why many people don't realize what causes their headaches. A subluxation may be the cause of persistent headaches in some people. When the spine is misaligned, pressure and tension can build, thereby creating a headache. 

Chiropractic Help

If you have any one, or all three, of these symptoms, it might be a good idea for you to seek the help of a chiropractor. At The Joint Chiropractic, you will find chiropractors who are experienced in dealing with subluxation and use gentle spinal manipulation to adjust the vertebrae in the back, relieving the pain. With open office hours and affordable rates, The Joint Chiropractic is a great place to go if you're dealing with the pain and frustration of a subluxation.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Valencia, Calif.

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