How does your chiropractor know if you have subluxation?



You fill out a brief history of health and events in your life that may have affected it. This information will be combined with the information your doctor gathers while talking with you. Interference in the nervous system (subluxation) can produce different problems for different people.


Imagine your spine being a fishing rod with the reel in your neck and the hook in your lower back. When overloaded, your nervous system goes into physiological stress and the line gets reeled in. The trunk then gets thrown forward. This is called a facilitated subluxation.

RANGE OF MOTION – To measure loss of Motion/Flexibility

This test measures your spinal movement in comparison to normal ranges for your age and gender. When tension is being stored in the spine (subluxation), it reduces it’s fluid motion. When range of motion is restricted, stress is caused on the parts involved – this begins a decaying process and spinal degeneration. This process will not only affect the problem areas, but left uncorrected will negatively affect the whole body. If you had 1 of the 4 tires turning 20% less than the other 3 your vehicle would be unsafe to drive. You have 7 neck bones, 12 mid-back bones and 5 low-back bones that must all move freely.


The SEMG measures how well the motor nerves are working by reading the amount of current found in the muscles. Interfence in the nervous system disturbs nerve flow and causes an abnormal amount of electrical current to flow to your muscles. Additionally, altered spinal position or brain function creates muscle imbalance. This reveals an increased amount of tension/pull on one side compared to the other (similar to a tug of war).


When the communication between the nervous system and your blood vessels is disturbed, the body’s thermostat malfunctions producing an imbalanced temperature reading along the spine. These blood vessels are controlled by the same part of the Central Nerve System that coordinates your organs, glands and body chemistry and your autonomic system. Temperature differences beyond 1/2 a degree can be neurologically pathological (Umatsu). Additionally, a non changing reading indicates a nerve system that fails to adpat to stress appropriately (Plamer).


This is a technical name for the chiropractor looking for tension stored in your spine, muscles and spinal cord. The presence of tension in one of those three sub-systems is directly associated with subluxation patterns.


The chiropractor takes two sets of pictures of your spine: one from the front and one from the side. When your chiropractor looks at the view from the front, he or she wants to see that the spine is straight, and each individual bone is in alignment with the one above and below it. On the side view, your chiropractor wants to see that you have three good curves in your spine. An arc is the strongest structure in nature – think of the big suspension bridges. When the curves of your spine are lost, the spine becomes weak and starts a process of degeneration. The level of degeneration tells your chiropractor how long the subluxation patterns have been present.


Unfortunately, pain is a poor indicator of nerve and spine integrity. Only 10% of your nerves are dedicated to feeling pain. If the subluxation patterns are present long enough, and enough damage has occurred, a person may experience pain. Think of how many people die of cancer and heart attacks without experiencing any pain – until it was too late.

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