What is a Subluxation?

What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation is a condition that commonly affects the spine and which is successfully treated by chiropractors.

It consists primarily of a slight misalignment of the vertebrae and it can occur alone or in conjunction with other disc problems or osteoarthritis. Subluxations can cause pain and impair the normal functioning of the nerves, compressing them and causing paresthesia (pins & needles and a burning sensation). Subluxations in the neck generally cause numbness in the arms, while numbness in the legs is usually associated with the presence of subluxations in the lumbar spine (lower back).


The central nervous system is so important that nature has built a skull and a spinal column to protect it. However, despite these protections, the nervous system can suffer interference.

If the chiropractor finds one or more subluxations this could mean that your neurological network is compromised.

Your chiropractor’s main goal will be to correct the subluxations that are interfering with your nervous system, consequently affecting your general well-being. This will allow the body to heal itself and gain a better state of health!

How do I know if I have a subluxation?

You cannot always know whether you have or don’t have subluxations: they can be present before warning signs appear. A thorough chiropractic examination can identify the location and severity of subluxations you may have.

Can subluxations heal up on their own?

It can happen in some cases – the human body has the ability to self-correct many of the problems caused by today’s hectic lifestyle. If subluxations and their symptoms don’t resolve, consult your chiropractor.

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