Vertebral subluxation

A vertebral subluxation is an effect or symptom of the body's defense strategy that involves sustained misalignments of spinal bones due to irregular, asymmetrical signals to the muscles of the spine (Dysponesis & Dyskinesia).

It is the body's mechanical way of storing information (stress) that the body-mind cannot handle at the time. It is commonly accompanied by alterations in neurological signals going from the body to the brain (Dysafferentation), and signals regulating the body's organs, blood vessels, and glands (Dysautonomia).

Vertebral subluxations can be thought of as the body's brilliant short-term protective strategy; somewhat similar to what happens when a circuit in your house experiences an overload in which a circuit breaker in the fuse box is tripped in order to protect the fuse, and ultimately everything connected to that electrical line.

They can also be viewed as a “separation from wholeness” or a “de-railed” relationship between the body, mind, and soul; between the material and immaterial. It is a loss of the body's ability to fully comprehend itself in its environment, and hence, a diminished ability to function at one's best and adapt in the most efficient way to subtle external and internal cues.


a reversible physiopathologic state consisting of unnoticed, misdirected neurophysiologic reactions to various agents (environmental events, bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts) and the repercussions of these reactions throughout the organism. These errors in energy expenditure, which are capable of producing functional disorders, consist mainly of covert errors in action potential from the motor and premotor areas of the cortex and the consequences of that output. [These are signals coming from the brain to the body. This is what the technology we use, the Insight Millennium's™ sEMG, detects.]


refers to altered movement of motion segments (joints) [i.e., joint restrictions and/or fixations—may be as a result of Dysponesis]
"Life is motion; motion is life."-BJ Palmer


refers to an alteration in mechanoreceptor (movement & position receptor) function affecting signals going to the brain [i.e., a distortion in signals going from these receptors in the joints, muscles, and tendons to the brain, which continues the cycle of the other "D's"-GIGO = Garbage In, Garbage Out] [click here for more on Dysafferentation]


refers to an alteration in the function of the autonomic nervous system, which controls and coordinates individual organs, organ systems, glands, and blood vessel diameter-->(think blood pressure); basically, the automatic functions of the body keeping us alive, even while we sleep. It has two divisions:

  1. Sympathetic Nervous System – "Fight or Flight"
  2. Parasympathetic – "Rest & Digest"/"Feed or Breed" [We assess the autonomic nervous system using the Insight Millennium's™ Infrared Rolling Thermal Scan and Pulse Wave Profiler (Heart-Rate Variability)]