Adjustments and Subluxations

We use many treatments for a range of health issues at Whole Health Chiropractic, but the defining aspect of chiropractic is the spinal adjustment. As a non-invasive, non-addictive means of relieving back pain, headaches, and compressed nerves, the spinal adjustment is gaining popularity among the public and is commonly inquired about.

All the nerves in the body, called peripheral nerves, branch out from the spinal column. When there is pressure on the spinal column, nerves in other parts of the body may also be disrupted (cervical headaches and sciatica are among the ailments caused by compressed spinal nerves). In chiropractic, we call a misalignment of the spine a subluxation. We detect subluxations with x-rays and tactile exams and determine a course of treatment based on the patient’s health history.

An adjustment is the sudden but controlled use of force to push a subluxated vertebra back into place. It sometimes creates a popping sound which can alarm patients, but this sound is not caused by their bones being “cracked.” Some patients find adjustments mildly uncomfortable, but others enjoy them and most just find them a bit odd. In the rare cases of discomfort, patients usually report feeling better after a few hours than they were prior to the adjustment. Well-trained chiropractors know how to control their use of force to ensure patient safety. There are few other treatments which provide greater relief at so little risk.

Dr. Anthony J. Oberti operates Whole Health Chiropractic at 430 W Iowa Ave #A, Nampa, Idaho, 83686. To schedule an appointment, visit or call 208-442-1123.



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