In the simplest terms, a vertebral subluxation occurs when one or more of the bones of the spine move out of position and create indirect pressure on spinal nerves. This pressure causes the nerves to malfunction and interferes with the messages traveling across them. Since the central nervous system, comprised of the brain and the spinal cord, and these functions work synergistically, the interference of just one of these nerves has the potential to hinder multiple aspects of the physical condition.
A Doctor of Chiropractic locates these subluxations and reduces or corrects them through a series of gentle adjustments. Remember the song, “The hip is connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone is connected to the knee bone…?” This is the essence of chiro- practic and the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. A problem in one part of the body will transfer itself to another via the nervous system, which will, ultimately, affect other parts of the body or its systems. Just one subluxation will affect the bones, nerves, muscles and soft tissues (tendons, ligaments, etc.) as well as their respective biochemicals, which in turn will adversely affect the entire body and its wellness.
A chiropractor maintains the skeletal and neural intergrity of the body without the use of drugs or invasive surgery. It is a conservative approach that furthers complete physical, mental and social well-being, and is not satisfied merely with the absence of disease or infirmity.