Chiropractic seeks to gently remove interference in one's body caused by subluxations.

"Look well to the spine for the cause of disease."-Hippocrates


What Is A Subluxation?


Often described in practice as a partial dislocation, a subluxation is when the vertebrae move slightly out of alignment causing pressure or irritation to the nerves. The spine loses normal motion and/or position and can have an affect on the nerves involved and vertebrae around the subluxated area. As the vertebrae are not functioning properly this can cause wear and tear on the discs and associated ligaments, muscles and other spinal tissue. This nerve interference results in the body operating at a reduced rate. Pain, inflammation and tenderness often follow. Once the nervous system has been impaired via a subluxation, the overall health and well-being of the person is reduced.

Chiropractors locate Subluxations which cause interference to the nervous system. They then correct the interference through gentle movements of the spine. This is usually done with the hands or an instrument, which relieves the pressure to the nerves therefore assisting in correction and improving the health of the nerves. Better nerve health improves the communication between the brain and the rest of your body and thus, improved function.

What Causes Subluxations?
Subluxations are caused through varying ways. They can be responses to physical, emotional, chemical or genetic factors.

Birth process, slips, falls, car accident, poor sleeping habits, repetitive motions, sports injuries, bad postural habits, etc.

Stressful conditions such as family problems, divorce, death in family, work stresses, life problems and not being able to manage stressful situations.

External pollutants in the environment, smoking, drugs, car fumes, alcohol, poor diet, etc.

Many health problems can run in families.

Muscle weakness or imbalance from stress, obesity or lack of exercise are all contributing factors to Subluxations.

What are the Symptoms Associated With Subluxations?
Most patients actually wait until they have a symptom such as pain until they seek chiropractic help. They can have a range of symptoms including:

  • Inflammation & swelling
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Low energy
  • Tenderness
  • Reduction or loss of mobility
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tingling sensations
  • Loss of sensation
  • Weakness, dizziness
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of control over muscles or organs
  • Poor overall state of health
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Colic
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Poor weight control
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Arm and leg pain
  • And the list goes on….

It must also be noted, that people who are not experiencing any symptoms are not necessarily ‘subluxation free’. It is common for pain to be the last symptom to occur and the first symptom to disappear. Just like tooth decay, we may not be aware that we have it until it has been decaying for months or possibly years before we feel a ‘toothache’.



 "Disease is the abnormal performance of certain functions; the abnormal activity has its causes." -D.D. Palmer




The Relationship Between the Condition of the Spine and the Function of Internal Organs

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Henry Winsor conducted an experiment based on chiropractors' claims that by adjusting the vertebrae they can relieve stomach troubles, ulcers, menstrual cramps, thyroid conditions, kidney disease, constipation, heart disease, lung and other diseases. In this experiment he dissected both human and animal cadavers to see if there was any relationship between any diseased internal organs discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae and nerves that went to the organs. Dr. Winsor dissected 50 human and 22 cat cadavers. He found a 96% correlation between minor curvatures of the vertebrae and diseases of the internal organs.

Diseases examined:

  • Stomach Diseases All nine cases of spinal misalignment in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) had stomach disease.

  • Lung Disease All 26 cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic spine.

  • Liver Disease All 13 cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid thoracic (T5-T9)

  • Gallstones All five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic.

  • Pancreas All three cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracics.

  • Spleen All 11 cases with spleen diseases had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracics.

  • Kidney All 17 cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracics.

  • Prostate and Bladder Disease All eight cases with kidney, prostate and bladder disease had the lumbar (L2-L3) vertebrae misaligned

  • Uterus The two cases with the uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.

  • Heart Disease All 20 cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae (T1-T5) misaligned.


Dr. Winsor’s results are published in The Medical Times, November 1921, and are found in any medical library.


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