Actually, the definition of the word has evolved
as it has received attention and investigation by the chiropractic profession, and it differs from the medical definition
of the term. A consensus by the federally accredited chiropractic colleges leads to the following definition:
"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."
What the above means is that a subluxation is joint
problem (whether a problem with the way the joint is functioning, a physical problem with the joint, a disease of the joint,
or a combination of any of these) that affects the function of nerves and can therefore affect the body's organs and general
Your spine is a column of bones (vertebrae), cushioned
by spinal discs, that are moved and supported by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Built into these bones are openings
top to bottom and through each side . Through these openings pass most of the body's nerves from the brain. These nerves pass
out from the spine on each side to all of the body's tissues and organs.
The subluxation theory identifies that a problem in the joint of the spine is
able to affect the nerves that exit at that point in the spine, thereby affecting the tissue or organ to which that nerve
If joints function properly, nerves will function
properly, and the body will be better able to keep itself healthy.