New Research on Models of Vertebral Subluxation

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New Research on Models of Vertebral Subluxation

Chiropractic Expert Reviews Neurobiological Mechanisms Related to its Management 

A recent research paper authored by Christopher Kent DC, JD and published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research reviews the neurobiological mechanisms by which chiropractic has the effects it does on people receiving such care. Kent, who is the President of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation and a Professor at Sherman College of Chiropractic in South Carolina, is considered the foremost expert on vertebral subluxation.  

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The management of vertebral subluxation is the central purpose of the chiropractic profession and is based on several basic premises including: 

  • The body is a self-regulating, self-maintaining organism;
  • The nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body;
  • The spine and vertebrae house and protect the nervous system;
  • Vertebral subluxations can occur and obstruct the nervous system;
  • Reducing and/or correcting vertebral subluxations removes those obstructions leading to improved nervous system function and the fullest expression of life.

According to Kent’s research, correction or reduction of obstructions from vertebral subluxation facilitates the restoration of proper tone throughout the nervous system. Alterations in the functioning of the nervous system may be objectively evaluated using objective, valid and reliable tools.

These tools include surface electromyography to measure dysponesis which is altered tone and function of the muscles as a result of obstruction from vertebral subluxation. Altered autonomic tone called dysafferentation may be evaluated using skin temperature measurements and changes in ranges of motion may be measured to assess dyskinesia. Such objective assessments have the potential to make correction of vertebral subluxation an important strategy in salutogenic healthcare.

According to Kent, chiropractic care is concerned with the totality of the human experience and vertebral subluxations may result in compromising people’s adaptive capacity. “Life is all about the ability to adapt to the physical, chemical and emotional stresses of everyday life and it’s reasonable to suggest that if you obstruct or damage the nerves exiting the spine, the result of the obstruction and damage can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.

“We know that vertebral subluxations obstruct the body’s ability to adapt to these stresses and by analyzing and correcting vertebral subluxations, a patient is placed on a more optimum physiological path, potentially increasing resilience and adaptability” added Dr. Kent.

According to the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation, current research evidence suggests that vertebral subluxation is detrimental to human health and function and as such chiropractors who manage subluxation feel an ethical and moral obligation to screen and educate the public on what it believes is a significant public health threat.

Kent called for further research into the effects of vertebral subluxations on human health and adaptability.

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
McCoy Press