What is a Subluxation and what does it
do to me?
First, the brief explanation.
In simplest terms, a subluxation is when
one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position
and irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are
the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine.
This irritation on the nerves may causes those nerves to
malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.
How does this affect you? Your nervous system controls and
coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the
signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the
proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their
inborn abilities. It is the responsibility of the Dr. Dufour 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 undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting
Now, the bit more detailed explanation.
Subluxations are really a combination of changes going on in the body all at the same time. It's for this
reason many chiropractors often refer to vertebral subluxations as the
"Vertebral Subluxation Complex", or "VSC" for short.
In the VSC, various things are happening inside your body
simultaneously. These various changes, known as "components," are all
part of the vertebral subluxation complex. Chiropractors commonly recognize
five categories of components present in the VSC.
are as follows:
- Kinesiopathology –
the loss of normal vertebral positioning and motion in relation to neighboring
- Myopathology – pathological changes occurring
in the spinal musculature which includes hypertonicity, spasming, fibrosis,
weakness and improper or inappropriate functioning.
- Neuropathology – irritation or injury to spinal
nerve roots through compression, stretch or more commonly chemical irritation
from nearby spinal structures.
- Histopathology – pathological changes which
occur to the spinal tissues such as abnormal bony growths off the vertebral
bodies and joints, fibrosis and adhesions of spinal muscles and ligaments, as
well as dehydration and degeneration of spinal discs
- Pathophysiology – the biochemical changes
taking place in the spinal region which include inflammatory biochemicals from
injured tissues and biochemical waste.
Chiropractors have known about the dangers of subluxations for over one hundred
years. Today, more scientific evidence is showing the dangers of
subluxations and the health benefits of correcting them. To be truly
healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of
interference from subluxations. Our goal is to allow your body to
return itself to the highest level of health possible by correcting
VSC. Chiropractors are the ONLY health professionals trained
in the detection, location, and correction of the VSC.