COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Exactly what is a subluxation?
The term "subluxation" originates from the Latin words meaning "to dislocate" (luxate) and "somewhat or slightly" (sub). A subluxation means a small dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning from the vertebrae (bones of the spine). These disturbances may irritate nerve roots and blood vessels which branch off from the spinal cord in between each of the vertebrae. This irritation could cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue in addition to imbalance in the normal body processes.

What can cause a subluxation?
A fall, injury, sudden jar, trauma, or sometimes an inherited spinal weakness can displace a vertebra. Other causes include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, incorrect lifting practices, obesity, insufficient rest and exercise, and stress. The phrase "subluxation" originates from the Latin words meaning "to dislocate" (luxate) and "somewhat or slightly" (sub). A subluxation means a small dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (bones of the spine). These disturbances may irritate nerve roots and blood vessels which branch off from the spinal-cord in between each of the vertebrae. This irritation could cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue in addition to imbalance in the normal body processes.

How is a subluxation corrected?
Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in neuromusculoskeletal conditions. They may be conditioned to restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position within the backbone. This is done manually, utilizing the chiropractic procedure referred to as "spinal adjustment." Your chiropractor, typically, uses his or her hands in applying corrective pressure on the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae. In some instances, the chiropractor may also use instrumentation to detect subluxations and adjust the spine.

Does the adjustment hurt?
Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In the event of latest trauma, for example whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced as a result of inflammation. Additionally it is common to feel a brief sensation in the extremities rigtht after an adjustment because of the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root.


How old should an individual be before he or she begins chiropractic care?
Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to later years. Despite age, the vertebrae may become misaligned. For instance, the birth process could cause trauma to the neck and spine. Left uncorrected, the vertebral subluxation may disturb the fragile backbone and nerves which control the youngster's muscles and organs. Sometimes, an uncorrected subluxation can lead to a deformity of the spinal column. An early chiropractic checkup may detect many spinal problems while they are still easily correctable.


Does an adjustment have to make a noise to be effective?
No, it's a common misconception that the joints must produce a noise to be properly adjusted. However, most of the time when your vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth articular (joint) surfaces become separated, creating and then releasing a small vacuum, making a noise. This is the sound made when you crack your knuckles. Your chiropractor is concerned with the position of your vertebrae, not with the noise that may occur.



Is it correct that Chiropractors do not prescribe medication or perform surgery?
Yes. Chiropractors do not include medication or surgery within their treatment plan. Chiropractors maintain that the body has a built-in capacity to restore health within certain limits, and base their care on this principle. Occasionally, the usage of medication can hinder the body's healing mechanisms, produce side effects, create a dependence and lead to drug-caused disease or complications. The first response in most illnesses and injuries should be conservative care. Chiropractic's principles make it possibly the safest and most appealing of the healing arts.

How does chiropractic care help the pregnant woman?
Due to the excess weight and stress on the framework of the body in women that are pregnant, chiropractic adjustments might help lower the incidence of pain in the low back and legs, and between the shoulder blades. In some instances, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices. It is wise, however, to first inquire about the experience of your chiropractor in caring for pregnant women and what he or she recommends for you

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