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What is Vertebral Subluxation?


Vertebral Subluxation

is a condition affecting your spinal cord. When a vertebra (bones that make up your spine) slights slips from its original position in comparison to its neighboring vertebra, it results in subluxation. This minor change in position initiates a complex chain reaction resulting in improper functioning of vertebral joints.

Brain transmits the required signals or impulses through nerves to the spinal cord from which many more nerve fibers carry the signals to entire body. Nerves in the spine branch off via small openings between vertebrae. The positioning of vertebrae is vital for these nerve signal transmissions.

Vertebral Subluxation Complex:

This term is used to define a combination of five components of

Vertebral Subluxation


These include:

Histopathology –

Abnormal bony growths from spinal joints and vertebrae, degeneration of spinal discs, adhesions of ligaments and muscles in spine and fibrosis are all the pathological changes that occur. Tenderness and swelling of soft tissues also come under histopathological changes.

Myopathology –

As the term indicates, myopathology is the pathological changes seen in the musculature of spinal cord such as muscle spasms, hypertonicity, improper functioning and weakness.

Pathophysiology –

Wear and tear, decreased resistance to diseases and premature aging of ligaments, muscles and joints.

Kinesiopathology –

Jammed vertebrae with either high mobility leading to noisy joints or very less mobility in comparison to normal condition. Feeling uncomfortable while bending or twisting your back, hips or neck.

Neuropathophysiology –

Irritation, numbness, tingling and pain in nerve roots of spine. Blocked chemical flow over nerves.

Causes of Vertebral Subluxation:

Several factors are thought to play a key role in causing this condition.

  • Stress –

    Micro stress in the form of repeated and regular movements can result in wear and tear. Macro stress includes falls, accidents, sports injuries and other traumatic injuries.

  • Difficult birth and childhood falls

    can also result in subluxations.

  • Bad Posture –

    Sitting or standing in an improper position puts pressure on your spine leading to various spine conditions.


Vertebral Subluxation

can go undetected and manifests itself only after reaching a severity enough to cause concern in most of the cases, do not delay in getting your doctor’s appointment if you observe any of the above mentioned changes in your body.

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