Subluxation as used in chiropractic has a different meaning than regular medical terminology. In medical terminology, a subluxation means a partial dislocation of a joint. In chiropractic the term subluxation means much more.
A subluxation is when the bones of a joint are misaligned or not moving correctly and results in interference to information flowing through the nerves from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain. This most often involves the bones of the spine (vertebrae) because of their close relationship to the spinal cord and the nerves entering into and leaving it. However, subluxation can happen in other parts of the body as well and affect the functioning of the nerves in that area.
With disruption of the information passing through the nerves, the brain cannot properly coordinate the many functions of the body. Nerve signals sent out from the brain become distorted, much as static can distort a conversation on the phone, and the wrong information gets sent to the body. When the body sends feedback to the brain, that information is also interfered with so the brain does not get a clear message of the problem and is unable to make the appropriate changes to send back to the body. This disruption of information eventually leads to disease.
While a subluxation is often accompanied by pain and other symptoms, they are not always obvious. This is one reason regular chiropractic care is so important. Much like going to the dentist only when you have a toothache or other pain, it is likely to take more time and work to solve the problem, than if it was caught with regular checks. Regular chiropractic care will help prevent some bigger problems that you might otherwise experience and restore the body’s natural ability to heal. Chiropractic check-ups can help your body function at its best, helping you to better handle the daily physical, chemical, and emotional stresses each of us experience.
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