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What is a Vertebral Subluxation?

When a spinal bone loses its proper position and motion, this is called a vertebral subluxation complex (or subluxation for an abbreviated synonym for purposes of this discussion).

The relationship of the disc and subluxation is crucial to the Gonstead chiropractic method.

A Break in Nerve Communication

The nervous system can be negatively affected if proper spinal alignment is altered even slightly between one spinal bone (or vertebrae) and another. The area where the spinal nerves exit the spine (the intervertebral foramen) can become narrowed causing pressure, irritation, or stretching of the nerve. Research has shown that even slight pressure, as little as the weight of a dime, can alter the function of a nerve.

When a vertebra loses its normal position it also loses its ability to move properly. An improperly moving vertebrae (or fixed vertebrae) has been show to alter spinal reflexes. Spinal reflexes are a means for the body to relay messages from the body to the spinal cord and vice versa. A fixed vertebra causes these nerve impulses to become scrambled.

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Vertebral Subluxation Complex

The nervous system allows the entire body to function at its optimum level. When there is a problem with nervous system, it can interfere with the function of the entire body.

For example, irritation of the nerves going to the stomach or intestines will affect the transmission of information from the brain to the gastrointestinal system. This situation may cause a person to suffer from ulcers, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, or other gastro-intestinal conditions.

Many individuals do not realize that the underlying cause of their diseased condition may actually be a subluxation. A subluxation and the widespread effects it has on the body are collectively called the Vertebra Subluxation Complex.

The Vertebral Subluxation Complex is identified by:

  1. a loss of normal position and movement of a vertebra
  2. irritation to delicate nerve tissue
  3. muscles which are either tight and spasmed, or weak and atrophied, resulting from structural imbalance and nerve irritation
  4. localized inflammation and heat
  5. degeneration occurring over time causing other organs and systems of the body to lose their proper function

Cause of Subluxation

Many factors can cause or contribute to the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Subluxation degeneration results from spinal neglect, as well as from existing subluxations that are ignored or go untreated. Trauma from car accidents, improper lifting, falls, jolts, or strains are all common causes. Sustained postures (sitting all day), repeated motions common to the workplace, inadequate sleep, improper exercise, poor diet, drug side effects and emotional stress are also factors that can gradually wear down parts of the spine and lead to subluxation.

Subluxations can even occur as early as childbirth. An infant’s spine (particularly the neck) undergoes an incredible amount of stress during the birthing process, and many neurological health problems have been traced to spinal trauma at birth.

Correcting Subluxations

A doctor of chiropractic is trained and experienced at detecting, reducing, correcting and preventing the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

Dr. Handlos conducts a thorough evaluation of your spine and addresses those specific areas of subluxation only. The longer a subluxation has to degenerate, the worse it affects your body’s functions and the more difficult it is to correct. For these reasons, it is important to have periodic spinal checkups.

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I’m impressed by the overall feeling that you genuinely want to help me instead of just making money. Thanks so much Dr. Handlos!

I'm impressed by the overall feeling that you genuinely want to help me instead of just making money. Thanks so much Dr. Handlos!

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2014-09-02T18:11:04+00:00

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I'm impressed by the overall feeling that you genuinely want to help me instead of just making money. Thanks so much Dr. Handlos!

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Dr. Handlos is personable and he takes time to figure out the BEST care plan for your unique situation. He has heart! (and great taste in music)

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Dr. Handlos is personable and he takes time to figure out the BEST care plan for your unique situation. He has heart! (and great taste in music)

Since I started chiropractic care, I have noticed fewer back problems, better mental health and an ability to exercise more consistently.

Since I started chiropractic care, I have noticed fewer back problems, better mental health and an ability to exercise more consistently.

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2014-09-02T18:08:04+00:00

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Since I started chiropractic care, I have noticed fewer back problems, better mental health and an ability to exercise more consistently.

You are very thorough and scientific with your approach to care. You give the patient ownership of their care and do not pressure.

You are very thorough and scientific with your approach to care. You give the patient ownership of their care and do not pressure.

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You are very thorough and scientific with your approach to care. You give the patient ownership of their care and do not pressure.

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