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“Subluxation” is a fun word to say, impressive to toss out at parties. If you’re a sports fan you’ve likely heard it, such as: “Andrew Luck suffered a subluxation of his throwing shoulder,” or “Bo Jackson suffered a hip subluxation that led to a hip replacement, which ended his NFL career.” 

Fun to say, apparently not so fun to have.

The definition of “subluxation” is actually quite general (and doesn’t always lead to a career-ending injury): 

“Subluxation” = partial dislocation (as one of the bones in a joint).  

chiropractic helps clear subluxationsWe chiropractors use the term subluxation to describe a vertebra in your spine that is out of position in comparison to the other vertebrae. When this happens, the misaligned vertebra creates pressure and stress on the spinal nerves, blood vessels, and surrounding muscles. 

Why is this important?

Because this pressure and stress can cause an imbalance in the body’s normal processes, since the nerves in the spinal column extend to the entire body and its organs. As time goes on and that subluxation settles, the damage to the nerve gets progressively worse, and stages of subluxation degeneration set in. 

This is why we are so interested in working with your spine, to reduce subluxations in order to maintain a clear flow of your nervous system so everything in your body functions properly. When that clear channel flows, your body is at its best – and you feel great! 

Signs of vertebral subluxation:

  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Spinal muscle spasms, tightness or weakness
  • Reduction in spinal mobility
  • Pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Joint pain, tenderness or stiffness
  • Or … nothing. You may not notice anything, but that doesn’t mean a subluxation isn’t present.

Why Chiropractic?

We find and remove the subluxation, or blockage, in your spinal column. Keeping that flow determines whether your brain-body connection thrives or just survives. When your nervous system is clear, the signals from your brain to all those organs and muscles are open and uninterrupted. 

This means that your body heals more quickly. You think more clearly you make better decisions. You recover from stress faster because you can adapt to the environment at 100% function. As an athlete your recovery time is faster. As a parent you are better equipped with the energy to balance family and work life. Children are healthier and happier, and they think and function more clearly.

And as a human being, a clear spine means a clear idea of why you’re here on this planet. You are inspired to take on the world and achieve all that you and your loved ones deserve in life. Why? Nothing blocks you when you’re connected to your life’s passion and purpose. You are at your best. 

Now THAT’s great health!



Intrigued? Questions? Give Dr. Christina a call at Rivulet Chiropractic at 925-385-8353 or email us at to set up a consultation, by Skype or FaceTime.