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What is a Subluxation?

What is a Subluxation?

When the vertebrae in your spine stop moving or stop moving correctly, the surrounding nerves become irritated. Irritation to spinal nerves can interfere and hinder the function of the nervous system. The nervous system is the master control center of the body and coordinates and controls all cell, tissues, and organs in the body. The nervous system also keeps your brain in touch with your body. The result is what Chiropractors term the "subluxation".

How do you get Subluxations?

There are three basic causes of subluxations: Physical, Chemical, and Emotional. Physical causes include accidents or falls. Emotional causes include stress, anger, anxiety, and/or fear. A poor diet, smoking, alcohol, or other drugs are examples of chemical causes of subluxations.

How do I know if I have a Subluxation?

You can have subluxations and not even know it! Subluxations may be present without any warning signs, just like cancer or tooth decay. Have a thorough Chiropractic exam can pin point these subluxations as well as determine its severity.

What can a Subluxation cause?

As time goes by and a subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs can begin to degenerate. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by as the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. The body is an amazing machine. It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is and the longer it takes to get back to near perfect position. Sometimes this produces pain. But you already know pain is not the problem! As you can already tell, subluxations are serious- but the most serious of all is the effect it has on the nervous system. The nervous system controls and regulates the entire body and compromising this can have tremendous consequences. Miscommunication between the brain and the body can cause numerous health problems beyond the more common back aches.

Can Subluxations clear up on their own?

It is very possible for our body to correct minor problems in the spine. When subluxations don't resolve, you need a chiropractor!

Can children get subluxations?


The birth process can be very traumatic for both mom and the baby. With all the twisting and squeezing and pulling, it is no wonder why a new born would be a great candidate for Chiropractic care. Even modern childbirth methods can put lots of pressure on an infant's spine. This strain may might result in plagiocephaly (misshaped head) and/or torticollis.  With the right management this is often easily resolved.Some common signs of a subluxation in an infant are unexplained crying or colic, sleeplessness, ear infections, and poor appetite.

Most importantly, it is important to know if their brain is communicating with the rest of their body so that they are developing appropriately. So why bring a baby to a chiropractor? So that they might reach their full potential, to give them the best start in life, to make sure their development is appropriate, and to dissipate any discomfort.

Gutmann. "child spine." Photo. Family Health Chiropractic Singapore. 5 Dec 2010. 31 Aug 2011 <>

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