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Understanding Chiropractic: Subluxation, Explained

If you’re familiar with chiropractic, you’ve likely heard the term, “subluxation.” In all Chiro One offices, our doctors are trained to detect and correct subluxations in the spine, leading to improved spinal function and overall wellness. For those unfamiliar with the term or those who would like to know more, we’ve put together some simple explanations of this condition and how we, as chiropractors, can treat and correct subluxations.

What is a Misalignment and How Do You Know if You Have One?

“Misalignment” is a term used to describe a joint that has moved out of proper alignment and/or has lost its ability to function the way it’s supposed to. Misalignments can create stress or irritation on nearby nerves and tissue, which interferes with multiple functions of the body. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to, neck pain, back pain, headaches, dizziness or balance issues, muscle spasms, tightness or weakness, reduced mobility, joint pain, numbness or tingling in extremities, and low energy. 

It’s important to understand that misalignments are often painless, and they can occur at any time or age. The only way to accurately determine if you have a misalignment in your spine is through an evaluation with your chiropractor. Chiropractors prioritize correcting misalignments in the spine so the nervous system can function optimally, spinal function can be restored, and overall health is well-supported. 

How Do Chiropractors Treat Misalignments?

Chiropractors are the only healthcare providers trained to diagnose and treat misalignments. As experts in the musculoskeletal systems, chiropractic doctors go through years of education and training to learn how to accurately identify when the vertebrae are not in proper alignment. By applying safe, controlled, and specific forces to the joints, chiropractors can correct misalignments. Their specific techniques, called manipulations or adjustments, either return vertebrae into their proper positions or mobilize them in a way that frees their movement. 

Why It’s Important to Correct Misalignments

Chiropractors believe excellent health is determined by a healthy nervous system and that your spinal column is directly related. Misalignments within the spine can do the following:

  • Create dis-ease in the body, decreasing its ability to adapt to stress
  • Impair the body’s ability to function at its optimal potential
  • Accelerate joint aging and cause joint degeneration
  • Instigate a chain reaction of other health issues
  • Cause biostructural and postural problems

Find a Chiropractor Near You to Improve Your Spinal Health 

With clinics in the following metro areas: Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Vancouver, and St. Louis you’ll be able to find a chiropractor near you to improve your neurological and spinal health. Make an appointment to start your wellness plan today and benefit from the individualized care you’ll receive. 


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