Understanding Chiropractic

Understanding Chiropractic

On 9/15/2016 by Dr. Jeremy Ascherl

Whether you’re new to chiropractic or very familiar with chiropractic, you’ve probably heard of the word “subluxation” but  did you understand how it affects your body? The word subluxation stands for a lot more than just a dysfunction in the spine. I will break down the definition and how a “subluxation” affects your body.

What is a subluxation?

When one or more vertebrae lose their normal position and/or motion, they can interfere with the normal function of the nervous system. This interference can occur as pressure or irritation on the spinal cord, or on the nerve roots as they pass out of the spinal column, thus preventing the body from functioning properly. The goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove or correct the subluxation, which eliminates any interference to the nervous system which in turn improves spinal function and overall health.

What are the symptoms of subluxation?

Many people continue through life with subluxations without any noticeable symptoms, but there are some indicators or symptoms of subluxation, such as neck & back pain, inflammation and swelling, decreased energy levels, tenderness, decreased mobility, stiffness, muscle spasms, headaches/migraines,  and much more.

How can subluxations affect the body?

Spinal health is directly related to your health and the function of your central nervous system. The removal of subluxations is critical to your overall spinal health. We know that subluxations:

  1. Create dis-ease in the body, decreasing its ability to adapt to stress causing cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity and much more.
  2. Decreases the body’s ability to function at its optimal potential
  3. Accelerates joint aging and cause joint degeneration

Who can treat subluxations?

Chiropractors are the only healthcare providers trained to diagnose and treat subluxations. We go through years of education and training to learn how to accurately identify and treat subluxations in the spine.

How do we treat subluxations?

Subluxations are treated with gentle and specific adjustment, chiropractors apply a specific amount of force to a joint to remove the subluxation which will increase mobility and improve spinal function.


If you’re curious about seeing if a chiropractor can help you, don’t hesitate to make your appointment with Dr. Ascherl today. We strive on building patient education  helping you better understand your body and health.

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