How Does A Subluxation Hurt Your Health?

If you’ve been doing your research on chiropractic care and treatment methods, you have no doubt come across the term “subluxation” multiple times by now. In case you need a refresher, a subluxation refers to a slight misalignment in the vertebrae of the spinal column. You may still  be wondering not only how a subluxation can occur and develop in the body, but what exactly it does that is, or has the potential to be, so detrimental to your health.

With the help of some new and interesting information I obtained from a post by Back To Basics Chiropractic, here is what I know about subluxations and how they relate to and affect your well being. I’m happy to share this information with you in order to clear up any myths or misconceptions that may be floating around, or to help you understand the process of receiving chiropractic care a little better.

Interestingly enough, the word subluxation is derived from two Latin words. Before you roll your eyes and throw up your hands in mock disgust, just bear with me, because I think that knowing the background of this word will really help in allowing the definition to make a lot more sense to us. In Latin, “luxare” is the verb form to dislocate, and “sub” means little, or slightly (it doesn’t always mean under, contrary to popular belief). Isn’t it a little clearer now why this particular mash up word is used to describe such a condition as amisalignment in the spinal column? Now that you know what exactly it means, you may still be confused as to how exactly it harms you.

Subluxations, though slight in nature, actually tend to create blockages and disturbances in the central nervous system, which makes communication between your brain and your body a lot more difficult. This can also irritate the roots of the nerves, which can cause inflammation and painful swelling in the joints and soft tissues that surround the entire spinal column. Obviously, this can severely impair a person’s ability to move or process pain adequately. This neurological imbalance can thankfully be treated by a licensed doctor of chiropractic, who will know how to use manual manipulation techniques in order to coax the spinal column back into its proper position, which will gradually improve your health over the course of each session and visit to your local chiropractic clinic. 

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