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How Chiropractic Works
Chiropractors are the only professionals trained to diagnose and treat spinal subluxations.
What differentiates doctors of chiropractic from any other healthcare professionals is that chiropractors are the only professionals trained to diagnose and treat spinal subluxations. Subluxation comes from the Latin words meaning “somewhat or slight” (sub) and “to dislocate” (luxate). So the term ‘vertebral subluxation’ means a slight dislocation or misalignment of the bones in the spine.
When a subluxation occurs, a chiropractor can correct the misaligned bone and allow it to return to its proper position.
This procedure is called an adjustment, and the adjustment allows the body to heal itself. The objective of the adjustment is to reduce the subluxation which results in an increase range of motion, reduced nerve irritability, reduced muscle spasm, reduced pain and improved function. Subluxations if not treated can lead to chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, muscle trigger points, formation of bone spurs, loss of movement, as well as muscle weakness and spasm. It is vital to the nervous system to be functioning free of interference from subluxations. Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained in the detection, location and correction of the vertebral subluxation complex. The focus of chiropractic care is to simply adjust the spine and those things which interfere with the body’s natural, innate healing ability.