The Chiropractic Subluxation


When you hear a chiropractor talk about a chiropractic subluxation or simply a “subluxation,” it means a joint in your spinal column is “stuck” or “locked up.” It can also mean a joint in your spinal column is slightly misaligned. A subluxation can cause many other symptoms to take place.

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The subluxation can have 5 different components:

1. Spinal Kinesiopathology:

A. Hypomobility – stuck or locked up joints

B. Hypermobility – joints that are to loose

C. Compensation reaction – one of the above occurs because of the other

D. Loss of joint play – fixation of vertical motion

E. Loss of central axis of motion – fixation of axial rotation

F. Misalignment of a vertebral segment

2. Nervous System Changes:

A. Compressive lesion – “pinched nerve”

B. Facilitative lesion – “irritated nerve”

C. Articular neuropathy – Nerve damage from joint pathology

3. Muscular changes:

A. From compressive lesion – weakened muscle

B. From facilitated lesion – muscle spasms

4. Cellular changes:

A. Inflammation – takes place in joints and soft tissues

B. Improper vascular supply and drainage – swelling, edema

C. Degeneration – joints, ligaments, discs, cartilage, nerves, soft tissues

5. Pathology:

A. Spinal drainage from subluxation

B. Spinal degeneration

In our office we use the term subluxation to describe a joint as being “locked up” or “fixated.” The doctors at Zionsville Chiropractic and Rehab use motion palpation to find areas in the spine or extremities that have loss the normal motion or have an excess of normal motion. The “fixated joint” is where the doctor provides an adjustment.

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