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Subluxations and Chiropractors

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Subluxations and Chiropractors

If you have considered chiropractic care you may have heard the term subluxation. This is a term that is rather unique to the chiropractic care field and can sound somewhat intimidating. When considering chiropractic care it is important to understand exactly what is involved in subluxation and how it affects your care.

First; however, prospective patients should understand a few basics regarding how the body works and therefore why subluxation may be necessary to achieve optimal health. The human body is designed with intelligence that transmits information from your brain to every cell in your body. This information includes instructions regarding vital functions such as breathing, regulation of your heart rate, digestion, etc. As long as there are no problems the instructions are received and followed exactly as they should be. Your body is able to maintain peak health. If there is interference in the transmission of the instructions; however, there is naturally going to be resulting poor health. Because your body is no longer able to receive those necessary instructions it is no longer able to function normally.

The instructions are actually electrical impulses that travel along a rather complex route consisting of nerve fibers. The spinal cord is included in this system, extending from the base of the skull all the way to the center of the back. The spinal column, or backbone, protects this tunnel. Inside the tunnel, small bones that interlock are located; which are known as vertebrae. Spaces exist between the bones which allow nerves to branch off and travel to different parts of the body. The spinal column is quite strong; strong enough to protect the nerves from possible injury; however, it is also flexible enough to allow for free movement.

Throughout your body, there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 bones. The bones come together in various places to form a joint that allows for movement. Subluxation may occur in this area. This can be a change in the natural movement or position of the bones. When this occurs, there is interference of the nerve signals that transmit vital information to and from your brain.

Subluxation in the vertebrae can be caused by significant amounts of physical stress or chemical stress. These stressors might include accidents, falls, sports injuries, pollutants and even emotional stress. Basically, anything that causes the muscular system to tighten and experience strain can result in subluxation. In some cases, the problem could result even from a long car or airplane ride.

This is where the chiropractor comes in. It is his or her job to detect subluxations and correct them. Subluxation corrections are achieved through spinal adjustments. A chiropractor may utilize a wide variety of adjusting techniques to restore the joint to its normal position. This will allow the nerve flow to return to normal activity, transmitting those vital instructions. Some of the benefits of chiropractic adjustment include increased range of motion, improved body function and decreased pain.

While the term subluxation may sound complex and frightening, rest assured that chiropractors are highly trained in both locating and correcting subluxations. After the subluxation has been corrected and joints have been restored to their normal function you can feel free of the stress that resulted in the problem. In addition, you will be better able to enjoy a more improved quality of life.

If you have noticed that you are not able to move as freely as you once could, it may be time to speak to a chiropractor about a possible spinal adjustment. The exam is usually quick and relatively painless. In no time at all you could be back to enjoying the activities you enjoy.