Intro to Chiropractic

What is Subluxation?

A subluxation (pronounced sub-luck-say-shun) – short for Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) – is an abnormal condition commonly involving several vertebrae. It occurs when vertebrae in your spine lose their normal position and/or motion.

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What can I expect from my visit to a chiropractor?

As a licensed practitioner, it is the duty of your chiropractor to do the following:

  • A thorough review of your specific problem is conducted, including relevant past history and overall health.
  • You will be asked to perform physical tests and movements to help identify the problem.
  • In certain situations, an X-ray may be used to determine the source of your problem and to investigate for the presence of any pathological developments.
  • The problem is diagnosed to help make certain choices clear. If it is not a chiropractic problem, a suitable referral is done. If it is, a plan of treatment is communicated.
  • A prognosis is made, taking into account your general health habits, occupation, stress and activity levels.
  • Your response to treatment is monitored by your chiropractor, who looks for an improvement to your specific condition, as well as for changes in your overall health. Two of the basis components of chiropractic care are wellness and prevention. Utilization of exercise, along with nutrition and lifestyle modifications are suggested to improve your overall well being and promote active, patient-centered care.

Introduction to Chiropractic

From the BC Chiropractic Association, we provide you the top 5 questions about chiropractic. If you have questions about chiropractic care and if it’s for you, please contact your local Chiropractor and they will help to give you more information.


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What is a chiropractic adjustment? Is it safe?

An adjustment is the main method of treatment used by your Doctor of Chiropractic. It is a specialized gentle, controlled and safe pressure applied to your spine to restore the proper motion and position of your vertebrae. It is a precise procedure that your highly skilled chiropractor has learned and perfected over years of Chiropractic College and clinical practice.

Every health procedure, from taking aspirin to giving blood, involves a level of risk. Chiropractic adjustments are among the safest of all health care interventions because they are non-surgical, drug-free and present an extremely low risk. And they work!