"A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health."
Instead of treating your symptoms, your chiropractor is primarily interested in detecting, reducing, and preventing the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.
A subluxation, or more precisely, the Vertebral Subluxation Complex, describes what happens when spinal bones lose their normal position and motion from stress, trauma, or chemical imbalances.
The vertebral subluxation complex is the underlying cause of many healthcare problems.
When one or more vertebrae lose their normal position and/or motion, they can interfere with the normal function of the nervous system that the vertebral bones were meant to house and protect. This interference can occur as pressure or irritation on the spinal cord, or on the nerve roots as they pass out of the spinal column. This nerve injury, or interference, is what doctors of chiropractic call the Vertebral Subluxation Complex - "vertebral" meaning relating to bones of the spine; “subluxation" meaning the improper motion or position of the vertebra; and "complex" meaning that the condition consists of many elements.
Chiropractic is not the only health care discipline that recognizes the effect of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. The effects of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex are generally relied upon and accepted among different healing disciplines, and are being studied in many parts of the world.
When the Vertebral Subluxation Complex is present, many things can happen to the spine, to its related soft tissues, and to the organs and tissues controlled by the affected nerves. The Vertebral Subluxation Complex usually has five major interrelated components. (Look for the common Latin roots in these words: kine - movement; patho - disease; neuro nerve; myo - muscle; histo - tissue.)
This is a serious condition identified by its five parts:
The Vertebral Subluxation Complex describes what happens when spinal bones lose their normal position and motion.
Automobile accidents, improper lifting, alcohol, emotional stress, chemical imbalances, and long periods of sitting can cause the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.
The primary job of the doctor of chiropractic is to detect, reduce, and help prevent the Vertebral Subluxation Complex using chiropractic manipulation as the primary form of treatment. Applying a carefully and precisely directed pressure to the spine in a quick manner by hand or special instrument, the doctor of chiropractic is able to restore normal motion and function to the spine, thereby reducing or eliminating the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.