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General Causes and Potential Effects of the Subluxation Complex

By |May 16, 2010|Diagnosis, Education, Subluxation|

General Causes and Potential Effects of the Subluxation Complex

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This is Chapter 6 from RC’s best-selling book:

“Basic Principles of Chiropractic Neuroscience”

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Chapter 6:   General Causes and Potential Effects of the Subluxation Complex

This chapter reviews the concepts underlying chiropractic articular therapy, with emphasis placed on neurologic implications. General etiology, manifestations, terminology, pertinent anatomical features, and applications are described.


Until the last 2 decades, most evidence about the success of chiropractic adjustments on the correction of vertebral subluxations and their related functional disturbances was empiric. The gap between controlled research documentation and frequent clinical observation still exists, but it has greatly narrowed in recent years.

The greatest concern today is not is it effective but why is it effective and why is it effective in some cases but not in others that appear almost identical? Added to these can be the questions: what causes the positive effects in a specific body area that result from spinal adjustments that cannot be explained on an anatomical basis and what causes the indirect, far-reaching, diverse improvement in function so often witnessed? (more…)