Everything That You Need to Know about Subluxation

By Dr. Drew Voelsch

Everything That You Need to Know about Subluxation

By Dr. Drew Voelsch

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 When a chiropractor evaluates you and finds a spinal subluxation, they mean that a vertebra has become misaligned or has moved out of place. If this happens, your spinal column will be out of alignment, resulting in discomfort or even pain. Given how problematic this can be, you’ll want to make sure you’re well-informed about this subject. If this is something that you’re interested in learning more about, we’ve got just the thing for you. Here’s everything that you need to know about subluxation.

What Are the Effects of a Subluxation?

Most people think of spinal issues in terms of neck pain, back pain, and headaches—and they do cause a lot of problems. But your central nervous system controls every cell, tissue, and organ in your body. When the spine or nerves are involved, you can often feel their effects in many different areas of the body. When a vertebra has shifted out of place (this is a subluxation), it can press against an adjacent nerve. This can cause abnormal communication between the brain and the rest of your body, which can manifest itself in one or more symptoms. Those may include pain, reduced range of motion, dysfunction of internal organs, and others. However, you can have a subluxation without knowing it, as it can take time for symptoms to appear.

What Causes Subluxation?

A subluxation occurs when the body is under stress. Excessive stress from physical, emotional, or chemical sources can cause the muscles to tense up. This tension pulls on the bones holding the spinal joints together, and those bones can end up in crooked positions that press against the nerves running through the spine.

Physical causes of back pain include poor posture, improper workstation habits, weak spinal muscles, repetitive movements, and acute injuries.

Chemicals enter our bodies in a variety of ways: first, through what we eat, drink, and breathe. Some of these chemicals exist naturally in the substances we consume; others exist naturally in the environment. They can also be introduced in other ways, such as through drug or alcohol abuse. Other times they are not intentional, like through a poor diet or lack of nutrition. Some of these chemicals are harmful and can wreak havoc on our bodily systems, making it difficult to deal with both internal and external stresses.

Medical research has shown that extreme stress can affect physical health. When stress levels are too high and stress management techniques are not working, the body becomes unable to function at normal levels. This is known as burnout: the body loses the ability to defend itself from minor everyday injuries and medical conditions.

How Can You Fix Subluxation?

Spinal subluxations are often temporary, but they can sometimes linger. When they can’t be self-corrected, a course of chiropractic therapy is necessary to align the vertebrae and allow the subluxation to correct itself. Hand adjustments, pelvic blocks, or arthrosis are used to gently realign the vertebrae.


We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to furthering your understanding of subluxations. While they may seem like a pain, it’s not something that you won’t be able to manage as long as you’re well-informed. Be sure to keep everything you’ve learned here in mind so you can improve the way you take care of your body.

Are you looking for a chiropractor in Arlington? If so, Hawkeye Chiropractic is here for you. We’re a full-service chiropractic center that’s led by Dr. Drew Voelsch, the top Chiropractor in the area. We work with all types of patients, from those who are looking to get relief from pain to those who want to live better lives by staying in shape. For more information on what we can do for you, visit our website today!


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