What is Subluxation?

Subluxation is a term used by many chiropractors to describe the phenomenon of decreased nerve function caused by spinal bones that are not in the proper position or lack normal movement. Each pair of spinal bones create a tunnel on either side, the right and the left, where a spinal nerve exits to the body. These spinal nerves are a direct extension of the spinal cord and go out into the body to control a specific organ or tissue. When the two spinal bones that create the tunnel for the exiting spinal nerve are not in the right position or lack normal movement, the spinal nerve has pressure put on it which inhibits that nerve from functioning normally. It is the job of the chiropractor to identify which level is subluxated and adjust accordingly relieving pressure on the nerves.