What is a subluxation?

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What is a subluxation?

Getting to the root cause of your health problems.

A subluxation is combination of changes that occur at the same time.  Because of the complex nature of a subluxation, chiropractors refer to it as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex or VSC.


There are 5 components to the VSC:


  1. The bone component (kinesiopathology) is created when the bone is out of position, not moving properly in its normal range of motion or undergoing a physical change such as degeneration.
  2. The nerve component (neuropathology) is created when there is pressure placed on a nerve. This will lead to a decrease in the nerves ability to send and receive information.
  3. The muscle component (myopathology) is created when the surrounding muscles become involved. Muscle spasm, weakness and atrophy (wasting) are examples of this.
  4. The soft tissue component (histopathology) is created when the surrounding tissues become involved. These can include ligaments, tendons, blood vessels and lymphatic tissues.  This can be caused by an injury or degenerative process and typically produces inflammation.
  5. The biochemical component is when all of the components of the VSC are acting on the body and causing a biochemical change (ie. inflammation).  This change can be large or small depending on the part of the body and type of tissue that is affected.

It takes very little pressure on the nerve root to impair your brains’ ability to communicate with your body.

This is the starting point for breakdown within the body or the beginnings of dis-ease

What to Expect At Your First Visit

Every visit begins with a smile and a warm greeting from Wendie aka The Boss.

Once all of the paperwork is completed, we can begin to discuss your reasons for coming to the office.

A thorough consultation is performed where we ask questions and get details about your complaints, lifestyle, type of employment etc.  The goal here is to gather as much information as possible to help determine to cause of your problem.

After the consultation, we begin the examination.

We perform a comprehensive orthopedic, musculoskeletal  and neurological exam and correlate this information with the information gathered in the consultation.

This examination will not just focus on your area of complaint but will be a full body examination.  In the body, everything is connected to everything.  You may be feeling the symptom in one part of the body and have the problem be in another part.

A wise old chiropractor once told me “Don’t tell me where it hurts, you’ll only confuse me.”