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Published online 2005 Aug 10. doi:  10.1186/1746-1340-13-17

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Return to:   Subluxation: Dogma or Science?

Assertions about subluxation offered by several chiropractic organizations [17-19]

Association of Chiropractic Colleges
4.0 The Subluxation

Chiropractic is concerned with the preservation and restoration of health, and focuses particular attention on the subluxation.

A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.

A subluxation is evaluated, diagnosed, and managed through the use of chiropractic procedures based on the best available rational and empirical evidence.


Chiropractic Association of Australia

...We recognise and respect a universal intelligence (or order) in all matter and an innate intelligence within a living organism that strives to preserve life and, if uninhibited, will express optimal well being.

We recognise that the practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

We recognise that subluxations compromise the expression of innate intelligence, and that prevention and removal of subluxations will facilitate the expression of optimal health.

We respect, care about and are committed to the individual's holistic well being and emphasise the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.

We respect and value the importance of intellectual honesty, scientific and academic excellence and the maintenance of integrity in serving the individual, the community and the profession.


New Zealand Chiropractors' Association

Chiropractors use a technique of correcting vertebral subluxations called an adjustment. An adjustment is a carefully executed manoeuvre that usually results in a joint clicking as a sticky joint is released. Adjustments are usually painless, and enjoyable, because the improved mobility is usually immediately noticeable, and the health benefits are noticed soon after.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Feel Great Relief from Pain Improves Immunity Restores Nerve Supply More Energy Restores MobilityImproves Athletic Performance More efficient Body Function Allows Better Sleep Back to Work Faster Improves Posture No DrugsSlows the Aging Process No Surgery Quicker Recovery No Needles Add Life to Years Add Years to Life

How It Works

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your nervous system controls the function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. While the brain is protected by the skull, the spinal cord is more vulnerable, covered by 24 moving vertebrae. When these bones lose their normal motion or position, they can irritate the nervous system. This disrupts the function of the tissues or organs these nerves control, and this is called vertebral subluxation complex.

Chiropractic is the science of locating these areas of spinal malfunction and the art of correcting them to allow the body to heal itself. As we all know, regardless of which type of doctor you consult, only the body can heal itself.

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