Chiropractic & Understanding Subluxation



"Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases."

- Hippocrates




As a profession, the primary belief is in natural and conservative methods of health 

care. Doctors of Chiropractic have a deep respect for the human body's ability to heal 

itself and manage pain without the use of surgery or medication. Chiropractic is not an 

alternative to medicine, nor is it complementary to medicine. It is a separate and 

distinct science, art, and philosophy of health and healing, and it has become the most 

prevalent natural healing art in the world. A Doctor of Chiropractic is one who is 

involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of public 

health, and a wellness approach to patient healthcare.


Since Chiropractic is based on the premise that the body is a self-healing organism, and 

that the nervous system is the master control system of the body, Chiropractic care is 

all about the health of your spine. Minor displacements of the spinal bones, known as 

vertebral subluxations, can cause stress to the spinal cord, which acts as the main line 

of intelligence for the entire body. These displacements, or subluxations, are the cause 

of many unwanted health conditions..


The roots of chiropractic care can be traced back to the beginning of recorded time. 

Writings from China and Greece written in 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal 

manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease lower back pain. 

Hippocrates, the Greek physician who lived from 460 to 357 B.C. also published texts 

detailing the importance of Chiropractic care. Understanding Subluxation


A Vertebral Subluxation is best described as a breakdown in the communication 

between your brain and your body. Subluxation can occur when any form of stress, be 

it physical, chemical, or emotional, causes one or more of the spinal vertebra to 

become misaligned enough to cause spinal nerve pressure.


Your brain communicates with your body by sending and receiving messages along the 

spinal column. These messages are carried through your spinal cord and delivered to 

your body through the spinal nerves. When this communication is interrupted, it is 

referred to as vertebral subluxation. This can affect your overall health.


While some people have incurred subluxations in a traumatic injury, most 

subluxations initially occur without pain. When the damage is left uncorrected, 

symptoms are noticed only after tissue damage has already resulted. Subluxations 

affect every nerve in your body.

What is a Subluxation?

When there is a subluxation or misalignment present in the bones of your spine your nerves are “choked” off and in turn life itself is choked off resulting in diminished function or sickness of parts of your body whether it be organs, glands, tissues, or cells of any and all kinds.


In simplest terms, a subluxation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of normal position and thus create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the communication from the brain to the body and the body to the brain.


How does this affect you and your loved ones? Your nervous system controls and coordinates ALL the functions of your body. When there are subluxations or misalignments in your spine interfering with these all too important nerves and the signals coming and going from them, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their ability. In other words, some part(s) of your body will not be working properly.

It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who can locate these detrimental and life draining subluxations.