The term subluxation comes from the Latin word “sub” meaning somewhat or slightly, and “luxate” meaning to dislocate. Subluxation is when one or more of your vertebrae move out of position. This creates pressure and irritation on the spinal nerves, blood vessels and the surrounding muscles. Because the spinal cord controls and coordinates all of the body’s functions, if you interfere with the signals your body will not be able to work at 100% capacity.
There are a variety of ways that a person can experience a subluxation. It may be a traumatic event such as a car accident, or a fall, or it could also be caused from a series of day to day activities such as poor working posture, or a misstep lifting position.
A Chiropractor’s job is to identify the subluxations using a variety of techniques, through using his hands to make adjustments to the alignment of the vertebrae. Once alignment has been restored, the spinal chord is then free to work properly.