Subluxation and the Chiropractic Lifestyle
Ver . te . bral - Concerning the vertebral bones of the spine.
Sub . lux . a . tion - Less than a complete dislocation of a joint with nervous system interference.
Com . plex - More than one part.
When there is no interference, your nervous system controls the healthy
function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your
to view a larger image of the Nervous System Function
illustration, located to the left.
A subluxation, or the Vertebral Subluxation Complex, is a serious condition identified by
its five parts:
Abnormal motion or position of spinal bones:
(Spinal Kinesiopathology) The bones of the spine have lost their normal
motion and position. This can restrict your ability to turn and bend.
It sets in motion the other four components.
Abnormal nervous system function:
(Neuropathophysiology) Improper spinal function can choke, stretch, or
irritate delicate nerve tissue. The resulting nervous system
dysfunction can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body.
Abnormal muscle function:
(Myopathology) Muscles supporting the spine can weaken, atrophy, or
become tight and go into spasm. The resulting scar tissue can change
muscle tone, requiring repeated spinal adjustments.
Abnormal soft tissue function:
(Histopathology) A rise in temperature from an increase in blood or
lymph supply can result in swelling and inflammation. Discs can bulge,
herniate, tear, or degenerate. Other soft tissues may suffer permanent
Abnormal function of the spine and body:
(Pathophysiology) Bone spurs and other abnormal bony growths attempt to
fuse malfunctioning spinal joints. This spinal decay, scar tissue, and
long-term nerve dysfunction can cause other systems of the body to fail.
Like dominoes that fall in a chain reaction, problems that are left
uncorrected can cause other parts of your body to not work as intended.
A subluxation, or more precisely, the Vertebral Subluxation Complex,
describes what happens when spinal bones lose their normal motion or
position from stress, trauma or chemical imbalances.
Automobile collisions, improper lifting, drugs, alcohol, emotional
stress, chemical imbalances, and long periods of sitting can all cause
the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.
Instead of just treating your symptoms, your chiropractor is primarily
interested in detecting, reducing, and correcting the Vertebral
Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and
connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the
joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and its
optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask your Doctor
of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may
include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations,
nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your
health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.
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