A subluxation is a malposition/rotation/fixation of your spinal bones. The joints are obviously designed to flex, rotate and extend. With normal alignment and no subluxations the movement doesn’t cause any pain or limit in range of motion.

If the bones become subluxated then the joint has swelling that can feel like a bruise and limit the range of motion. If the subluxation rotates enough it can compress the nerve root and cause shooting pain, numbness and tingling and muscle spasms and tightness.

It is possible for the bones to become subluxated and not compress the nerve. Therefore, you would not have any pain but a limited range of motion. If you ever turned your head and felt like it was stuck or limited going in one direction that is a painless subluxation. Or if you have stretched your legs and felt like you could stretch further on one side. Same thing, your hips are subluxated and causing a limited range of motion.

This is why it is important to get adjusted even if you are not in pain. It’s like going to the dentist for a cleaning to prevent cavities. Regular adjusting, once a month or every 8 weeks, can be enough to prevent future issues.

Stop in for a 10 minute tune up and find out how chiropractic care can benefit you!