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Syracuse Chiropractor, Chiropractor in Syracuse, NY

Brighton Hill Chiropractic, PC


"Helping You Reach Your Healthcare Goals For Life"

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The Subluxation

When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, chiropractors may refer to this as a subluxation. In the medical community a subluxation is defined as a joint visibly and grossly out of alignment, usually noted on diagnostic imaging. For instance, on an xray when a vertebra is forward of the bones situated both above and below it, this is referred to as a spondylolisthesis or subluxation. In chiropractic, subluxation can also refer to any misaligned joint that causes a reactive response around the joint such as muscle guarding, reactive inflammation or changes in nervous system function leading to pins and needles, pain or weakness.

Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues, from a minor slip or bump, prolonged weakening of joint structures over extended periods of sitting or overuse, to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, surrounding muscles often increase in tension and pressure on nerves, blood vessels and surrounding tissue can escalate. This cascading response comes with a price. The subluxation can interfere with the neural pathways to and from the brain which need to be freely communicating for the body to function properly.  Sometimes this is immediately noticed, such as position related numbness in an arm that goes away with a position change. Sometimes, however, the nerve irritation is silent, but it is still causing problems with other areas of the body like stomach function or circulation.

Over time, if a subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding tissues, such as muscles, connective tissue and spinal discs, can begin to degenerate. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by and surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adapt to extended periods of reduced motion. The body is an amazing machine. It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. Spinal manipulation therapy can restore more normal joint motion, improving function to the involved (subluxated) joints. Restoring better function improves health.

It is well documented in the research literature that spinal manipulation typically results in a release of endorphins, which is a function of the nervous system, into the local tissue surrounding the area adjusted. Endorphins are natural pain modulating chemicals and are sometimes called the "feel good" chemicals. If endorphins are a natural response of the body to spinal adjustments, it must be something good!


We proudly offer chiropractic adjustments at our convenient location in Syracuse, NY.. Quality chiropractic adjustments provided by Chiropractor Carrie Goettsch and staff at our beautiful NY office. Subluxations are the term used to describe the movement of one of the vertebrae out of its proper position in the spine