For 25 years, Dr. Timothy D. Francis has led as owner and operator of Chiropractic Kinesiology in Las Vegas. Outside of his managing his practice, Dr. Timothy D. Francis has authored numerous published papers, including several on the topic of spinal subluxation.
Subluxation of the spine occurs when at least one vertebra shifts out of position. This shift causes an irritation of, or an abnormal pressure on, the nerves that extend outward from the vertebrae. As a result, the spinal nerves have difficulty directing messages to other parts of the body.
Most cases of spinal subluxation also involve the surrounding muscle, soft tissue, and chemical processes in addition to the vertebrae and nerves. Structural and nerve imbalances may lead to the collection of toxins in the muscles or the buildup of excess blood. Blood vessels may leak either blood or fluid, leading to minute hemorrhages, or edema, while muscles may atrophy or develop a localized pain known as ischemia.
Only those chiropractors trained in the treatment of subluxations can address these interrelated factors. Such treatment helps the patient not only experience relief from related discomfort but also achieve optimal balance in spinal function.