Chiropractors detect and correct vertebral subluxations and spinal joint dysfunction. Spinal joint dysfunction is exactly what it sounds like– dysfunction or malfunction in the joints of the spine. This can take the form of a restriction in motion of a particular joint, and absence of motion in that joint, or a misalignment of that joint. These problems are the results of physical, chemical, and mental stress on the body. A muscle’s job being to simply move joints, the muscles are often very aggravated when these problems occur. A vertebral subluxation is very much like spinal joint dysfunction, but with the added component of nervous system interference. The brain communicates with the body via the spinal cord. The spine’s primary function is to house and protect the spinal cords as it descends from the brain and fans out across the body via the spinal nerves to control all the cells, organs, and tissues of the body. When a vertebral subluxation is present, it interferes with the ability of the cord and these nerves to communicate between the brain and the body. This compromises the brains ability to direct function and the body’s (cells, organs, and tissues) ability to function at full capacity. This can lead to illness and pathology.
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