A brief FAQ on subluxations:
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What is a "subluxation"?
A subluxation is a misalignment of the bones that house and protect the spinal cord. Any misalignment puts unnecessary pressure on the nerve system and cuts off the nerve supply to different parts of the body. Vertebral subluxations that are left undetected and unadjusted for many years can lead to symptoms of pain, diseases, and an unhealthy expression of life.
How do I know when I am subluxated?
It can be difficult for you to know without visiting a chiropractor whether or not you are subluxated. Sometimes they cause pain, but often the nerves that have been affected by the misalignment are damaged and cannot carry pain signals and Falls Church Va Chiropractors
Subluxations can exist for years without warning signs, but if left untreated they can negatively impact organ function and lead to a deterioration of your health.
Chiropractors are trained to detect the subluxations with their trained hands and correct them properly.
How did I get "subluxated"?
A person can become subluxated in a wide variety of ways. Simple things like how you sleep, sit, and stand can contribute to subluxations. Some subluxations can even be developed during birth.
Normal childhood activities like falling from a bike, sledding, playing ball, or anything else that results in a jarring impact cause subluxations in children.
Why do subluxations take so many chiropractor visits to cure?
Because most subluxations have persisted so long, the muscles around the misaligned bones have conformed to these incorrect positions. Muscles try to return to these positions and resist chiropractic adjustments at first.
As with a workout routine, the muscles need to be trained. In the case of subluxations, your chiropractor will train them to conform to an aligned position, which takes time. Over time the adjustments to "hold" for longer and longer periods. Eventually the visits will taper off until you only need minor fixes every once in a while.
Will this cure my back/neck pain?
While correcting subluxations might bring you relief from pain, the general aim of the chiropractor is not to merely fix painful backs and necks, but to enable the body to express a full range of movement, without interference from misalignments. Correcting subluxations contributes to overall wellness and health because the body is able to function as it was meant to. Without the nerve blockages subluxations cause, the body can boost its immune system and more effectively fight disease and illness. Relief from back and neck pain, which are the most common symptoms that bring people into a chiropractor's office, might come about from the adjustments, but there are no guarantees.