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Subluxation: a common cause for my back pain, neck pain, and joint pain

The Chiropractor’s main purpose is to find subluxations in the spine and/ or extremities and correct them.


What is a Subluxation?


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.

How do Subluxations affect my health?

Many of us are completely unaware of the millions of processes occurring in our body every day. For instance, most people are not aware of their heart beating or their stomach working – your body takes care of all that for you.
Every cell in your body is controlled by your nervous system and stress on the spinal joints, or ‘structures’, result in interference in the functioning of the spinal nerves. When your spine is subluxated the nerves will suffer and ultimately the organs or tissues that the nerves supply will also suffer, causing moderate to severe affects on the body and mind.

It is important to note that Chiropractors do not consider a lack of pain to be a key marker in your state of health. Chiropractors look at how well you function as an indicator of your state of health. For instance, top athletes often don’t have pain, but demand more from their body, hence they seek Chiropractic care to ensure their spine and nervous system are working optimally. Pain is often accompanied with the severity of the subluxation.

Subluxations have been known to be the cause of severe migraine head aches, back pain, neck pain, and joint pain.

Moncado encourages patients to be assessed and treated well in advance of experiencing pain.

Vertebral Subluxation Chart

The Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) is a chiropractic scientific model depicting a spinal condition with numerous components (see a more in-depth description of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex for more info). One of the components is called neuropath physiology which describes how the Vertebral Subluxation Complex produces interference to normal function of the nerve system.

The chart below illustrates which organ systems can be affected by a subluxation at a given spinal level. Please note, the exact spinal levels may not exactly match the symptoms – the nerve system is incredibly complicated and this chart is a basic illustration. For more information, please ask your Chiropractor.


How do Subluxations Happen?                                               

The stresses & strains of everyday life such as desk work, lifting, housework, gardening or even sleeping, can cause spinal DISTORTION. In addition, falls, accidents (especially car accidents), sports, and injuries can lead to spinal problems. Infants can be subluxated in their spines right at birth just by way of the physical stress of the birthing process.


What are Some Warning Signs of Subluxations?

Symptoms such as headaches, neck stiffness, pain in your shoulders, arms or legs, back pain, numbness in your hands or feet, or nerviness are the most common signs of subluxations. But just like a tooth cavity, most people will have a subluxation long before they notice any symptoms.

How are Subluxations Corrected?

Your chiropractor will correct subluxations with precise and specific adjustments to your spine.
If the subluxations have been present a short time you may need only a few adjustments. However, long-term, chronic subluxations will require more frequent adjustments to retrain the problem areas of the spine to hold the vertebrae in their normal, healthy positions. As subluxations are corrected, your nerve system starts to function properly and your body heals itself.


How can I Avoid Subluxations?

The first step is to have a corrected spine. Once this is achieved it must be maintained for life! Would you stop maintaining your teeth? How about your eyes? DON’T NEGLECT YOUR SPINE!

If you want to keep subluxations from recurring, or new ones from developing, it is best to have periodic adjustments. Combined with a sensible diet and moderate exercise, chiropractic care can help you enjoy only the best of health for the rest of your life.




Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) 

The brain stem & spinal cord are the primary pathways for nerve impulses to and from the brain. Messages back and forth through these nerves control the health and function of virtually every other cell, organ, tissue, and system of the body.

Nerve tissue is so very important as it is protected by bone. The brain is encased by the skull, and the spinal cord is covered by 24 moving bones of the spinal column.

Many everyday things can cause these bones to lose their normal motion or position. This sets off a chain reaction affecting spinal bones, nerves, soft tissues, muscles, and results in degenerative changes throughout the body. Doctors of Chiropractic refer to this as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

Common Causes of Subluxation

Automobile Accidents

Emotional Stress

Improper Lifting



Chemical Imbalances

Long periods of sitting

Poor Posture

Poor Ergonomics

Throughout the body, degenerative changes can be seen in other organs & systems. Many health conditions not normally considered related to ‘back problems,’ can often be traced back to the nerve system impairment by the spine.

While often seen in the aged human, this degenerative condition is not part of the normal aging process. This type of spinal decay is the result of spinal problems which have been ignored or neglected for many years. If your spinal joints are not moving properly, degeneration of your spine and your overall health will be the result.

The primary job of the Doctor of Chiropractic is to detect, correct & help prevent the Vertebral Subluxation Complex using Chiropractic spinal manipulation (the Adjustment) as the primary form of treatment. Applying carefully and in a precise directed force exerted by his or her hands to the spine, the Doctor of Chiropractic is able to restore normal motion and function to the spine, thereby reducing or eliminating the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.