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There are 5 Recognized Components of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex

There are 5 Recognized Components of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex: Part 1 of 2 (First and Second)

1. Spinal Kinesiopathology – Abnormal position and motion of the spinal segments can be caused by physical injury, emotional stress or other trauma. This prevents normal bending, turning, or other movements leading to the other four components.

2. Neuropathophysiology – Delicate nerve tissue can be pinched, twisted, stretched or otherwise irritated by abnormal spinal function. This causes nervous system dysfunction and may be felt as numbness, tingling, or pain in the neck, back, arm, leg, or other parts of the body.

3. Myopathology – Spinal support muscles may weaken or atrophy while others go into spasm. Fibrosis and scar tissue may develop and penetrate these muscles making it difficult for them to support the spine properly.

4. Histopathology – Swelling and inflammation can cause irreve

rsible damage of the soft tissue. Ligaments can stretch or tear, discs can bulge, herniate or degenerate.

5. Pathophysiology – Malfunctioning spinal joints develop bone spurs and other abnormal bony growths. Other systems of the body malfunction because of the subluxation degeneration process, scar tissue, and long-term nerve irritation.

These Five Components are crucial when it comes to spine and even your health. A chiropractor will do a thorough examination and address the issues in your spine.


If you have any questions, always feel free to call Merkel Chiropractic or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

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