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What Is the Deal With Spinal Subluxations?

By Chris Brown

If you have been around the chiropractor's office, or read some of the blogs on this page, you may have heard the term "spinal subluxation." Subluxations are a major part of what chiropractors correct for body-wide problems. Knowing about what creates subluxations, how they occur, and how they're corrected can help you to join in on the adjustment and recovery process.

What Is a Spinal Subluxation?

Simply put, a spinal subluxation is an out of position vertebra along the spine. Subluxations are considered non-static conditions as they compound if left in dysfunction. The area around spinal subluxations can atrophy, create scar tissue, swell, or even bleed if not corrected. Additionally, based upon chiropractic's successes with certain neurological issues, spinal column subluxations are thought to cause blockages along the central nervous system. An inefficiency in the system would hinder body-mind communication. An extreme example of this is when paralysis occurs after the spinal cord is severed. Subluxations can appear throughout the spine and result in various bodily symptoms depending upon their locations.

How Do Spinal Subluxations Happen?

Spinal subluxations occur when the joints of the spine get shifted. Most noticeably, physical traumas such as car accidents, sports injuries, or lifting heavy items, lead to dramatic subluxations. However, spinal dysfunctions can occur though more minor repetitive movements or poor posture. Additionally, emotional stress, and tight back muscles, can shift the spine over time. An extreme lack of proper nutrition, or long-term exposure to neurotoxins, can also have effects upon the spinal alignment and cause subluxations in the process.

How Can a Chiropractor Fix a Spinal Subluxation?

Chiropractors fix spinal subluxations through spinal manipulation. In this process they determine exactly where the subluxations lie and physically reset the spine using high velocity movements. Their expertise allows them to correct spinal joint restrictions safely to make the spinal column work optimally. Because of the far-reaching network of nerves that run from the spine -- which encases the central nervous system -- corrections in subluxations may help recover or reduce pain in other areas of the body.

For a spinal evaluation and adjustment, visit The Joint Chiropractic. Their professional doctors of chiropractic are available to see walk-in patients with little to no wait time. Sessions are affordable and can help a range of dysfunctions in your spine and joints. With over 500 clinics nationwide, The Joint Chiropractic is always nearby.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Baton Rouge, La.

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