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The word "subluxation" comes from the Latin words meaning "to dislocate" (luxate) and "somewhat or slightly" (sub). A Subluxation means a slight dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (bones of the spine). These disturbances may irritate nerve roots and blood vessels which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae. This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue as well as imbalance in the normal body processes.

A fall, injury, sudden jolt, trauma, or sometimes an inherited spinal
weakness can displace a vertebra. Other causes include improper
sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards,
incorrect lifting practices, obesity, lack of rest and exercise, and

Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in neuromusculoskeletal
conditions. They are trained to restore the misaligned vertebrae to
their proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually,
utilizing the chiropractic procedure known as "spinal adjustment."
Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in
applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and
location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and
mobility of the vertebrae. In some cases, the chiropractor may use
instrumentation to detect Sublaxation and adjust the spine.

Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In
cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be
experienced due to inflammation. It is also common to feel a brief
sensation in the extremities immediately following an adjustment due
to the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root.

Regular chiropractic care may be necessary to correct spinal
Subluxation to help maintain sound health and fitness. Your spine is
under constant strain during waking hours. Improper lifting
techniques, poor posture, accidents, falls and bumps, and other causes
can contribute to spinal strain. Timely adjustments can help restore
the neuromusculoskeletal integrity of the spine to normalize the
bodily equilibrium and increase resistance.

Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regardless
of age, the vertebrae can become misaligned. For example, the birth
process may cause trauma to the neck and spine. Left uncorrected, the
vertebral Subluxation may disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves
which control the youngster's muscles and organs. In some cases, an
uncorrected Subluxation may lead to a deformity of the spinal column.
An early chiropractic checkup may detect many spinal problems while
they are still easily correctable.

Chiropractic adjustments by themselves do not actually heal the body.
When any of the 24 moveable spinal vertebrae become misaligned, a
basic imbalance or disruption can occur in the nervous and blood
vascular systems, which may contribute to stress in the body.
Chiropractic adjustments help eliminate that imbalance or disruption
so that the body can function at its true potential.

No, it is a common misconception that your joints must make a noise
to be properly adjusted. However, more often than not when your
vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth articular (joint) surfaces become
separated, creating and then releasing a small vacuum, making a noise.
This is the sound made when you crack your knuckles. Your chiropractor
is concerned with the position of your vertebrae, not with the noise
that may occur.

Even if you feel fine, chiropractic care can help your body maintain
its required level of health and fitness. Your chiropractor can
recommend a preventive spinal-care program and advise you on correct
posture, dietary information and back exercises. Regular spinal
checkups can help detect and prevent spinal stress due to Subluxation.

Yes. Chiropractors do not include medication or surgery in their
treatment program. Chiropractors maintain that the body has a built-in
capacity to restore health within certain limits, and base their care
on this principle. Occasionally, the use of medication can interfere
with the body's healing mechanisms, produce side effects, create a
dependence and lead to drug-caused disease or complications. The first
response in most illnesses and injuries should be conservative care.
Chiropractic's principles make it possibly the safest and most
appealing of the healing arts.

Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the
body in pregnant women, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the
incidence of pain in the low back and legs, and between the shoulder
blades. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and
elimination may also result. Many chiropractors care for expectant
mothers in the regular course of their daily practices. It is wise,
however, to first inquire about the experience of your chiropractor in
caring for pregnant women and what he or she recommends for you.