What is a Vertebral Subluxation Complex?

Our bodies are made up of billions of living cells that are organized into tissues, organs, and systems. They work together in a synchronized, harmonious way to create a living being, the human body.  The brain controls the synchronization and communicates to the body via the nervous system. A subluxation is a misalignment of one or more vertebra of the spinal column, can cause alteration in the nerve functions and interferes with the transmission of the impulses resulting in a decreased signal from the brain to a cell, tissue, organ, or system.  In simple terms, the inability of the innate to express its maximum health potential.

This complex can include all or any combination of the following possibilities:

1. The osseous component: There is abnormal motion and/or position of the spinal vertebra. The vertebra are either less mobile (hypo-mobile) then they should be, or too mobile (hyper-mobile).  Vertebra that are hypo-mobile are often referred to as fixed or jammed. The vertebra that are hyper-mobile or often referred to as loose or unstable.  Either way, there is an abnormal function and a decreased range of motion.

2. Connective tissue component: muscles, ligaments, tendons and/or fascia in the area are adversely affected and their normal function is altered. The muscles may have spasms or too weak to perform normal movement of the human skeleton.

3. Disc component: the cushion between the vertebra, called a disc, may be affected by abnormal position or motion of the vertebra.

4. Neurological component: a subluxation can cause irritation of the associated nerve and/or cause interference with their normal function.

5. Altered biomechanical: when a subluxation causes the bones, connective tissue, disc, and nerve function, and only in one or more areas of the spine, the spinal column cannot perform its normal function. This abnormal function can lead to the spinal curvature being decreased, resulting in an unbalanced condition of the spine. This can lead to further additional abnormal functions of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, systems and/or organs, which can lead to more subluxations

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