In very simple terms, a vertebral subluxation is when one or more of the bones in your spinal column (vertebrae) move out of alignment, aren’t moving properly, or are undergoing physical changes due to degeneration, which therefore irritate your spinal nerves which are found between each of your vertebrae. Because of the irritation or pressure, it causes the nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals travelling along the nerves. Even a very small amount of pressure can have a profound effect on the functioning of the nerves.
So how does this affect you? Firstly, it’s important to know that your nervous system controls and coordinates all of the functions of the body. If there’s interference with the signals travelling over nerves, parts of the body won’t get the correct nerve messages and won’t be able to function at their best. In very simple terms, some parts of your body won’t be working properly, and this can present as back pain, neck pain, impaired mobility, headaches, or hidden, less visible symptoms.
From a broader perspective, subluxations reflect many changes going on at the same time involving the vertebrae out of alignment, the resulting malfunctioning of the nerve pathways, and its effect on the surrounding muscles, soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, blood supply, and chemical changes in the body.
Summarising a Chiropractor’s specialisation, it’s the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments designed specifically to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine.
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