Three Chiropractic Terms You Should Know

Three Chiropractic Terms You Should Know

Chiropractor In Houston TX Comments: Like all professions, chiropractic medicine has its own terminology. Every week I will have a new patient ask me what at least one of these three words mean. The three most common chiropractic terms that I am asked to define are chiropractic, subluxation and adjustment.

First Of The Three Chiropractic Terms Is Chiropractic.

This one always surprises me. Almost all of my patients are referred in by friends and family members that have already received excellent results over the past 26 years yet they don’t tell them what chiropractic is or what we do. Just to come to my office and we will get them better as quickly as possible. By definition chiropractic means done by hands. Chiropractic is a system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs. In short, we use our hands (and sometimes instruments) to move joints (either in the spine or in the extremities) to help fix problems. At our office we also use physical modalities and exercises to help make sure that the problem does not return. Chiropractic is surprisingly one of the chiropractic terms you should know!

What Does Subluxation Mean?

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What is the definition of subluxation? For most of our patients, this is one of the causes of their complaints. A subluxation is a partial dislocation or a bone that is slightly out of alignment with the bone next to it. This misalignment causes the joints to not line up correctly and the muscles to pull unevenly which causes pain, numbness, weakness etc.

Adjustment Is The Final Chiropractic Term

This is what is done to correct the subluxation. An adjustment uses a light, quick impulse of the hands (or an instrument) to move the joint back into the correct position. It is more specific than a general mobilization of a joint which a medical doctor, trainer or physical therapist will perform.

So in short if you are having neck, back or joint pain or discomfort the cause might be a subluxation that would be treated by an adjustment by a chiropractor. That is chiropractic.

Dr. Ward Beecher is your chiropractor in Houston TX and practices at Beecher Chiropractic Clinic at 1001 Pineloch, Ste 700 Houston, TX 77062. You can schedule an appointment at or by calling (281) 286-1300. If you have any questions regarding this blog or any other chiropractic terms, please comment below, call, or email!