In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and put pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come from your spinal cord, housed in your spine, and exit between each of the bones in your spine. These nerves travel to and control every cell, every tissue and every organ in your body. This pressure or irritation then causes those nerves to malfunction and can interfere with the signals traveling to your cells, muscles and organs, creating dysfunction and the disease processes we commonly see in life.
How does this affect you? Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly. It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.