The Three Phases of Vertebral Subluxation

Hello, I’m Dr. Greg from Be Well Chiropractic and today we’re going to talk a little bit about the vertebral subluxation phase chart.

So first, what is vertebral subluxation? You’ve got 24 bones in the spine and it’s called vertebral subluxation is when two of those bones get out of alignment and start pinching a nerve; causing muscle tightness, swelling around that nerve, inflammation, and anything that nerve goes to can be dysfunctional.

So a lot of times when a patient presents in the office they’re obviously in some pain. So what we do is an examination/evaluation and kind of find out what’s going on. If it is a vertebral subluxation that’s causing their pain we’re going to start off with this stage up here with several adjustments. We try to get some of that pressure off the nerve and we enter sometimes the corrective phase here.

The person who has entered the corrected phase doesn’t have any pain anymore but as you can see it’s still not really functional.

Here’s what we want. This is our goal, this is our journey after we go through the business of the correction phase, we strengthen the area up towards fully aligned. Then nerves are fully freed up and this guy has a full range of motion: back to front, left to right, and rotation.

Ok so again, this chart here basically if you want to look at it and throw some dental analogy, this is kind of a cavity here. The patient is in a lot of pain like a cavity. As we move upscale here this is kind of the braces phase here. The patient’s actually feeling good here but they keep coming in to get this corrected so they can move up here to where they’re holding and to where they have maximum function and they don’t tend to drop back down here.

If you’re a person who has back pain off and on sometimes once a year then it goes away and then it comes back next year, what you’re probably doing is you’re right the middle here. So sometimes you do some exercise and stuff to move up here so you feel good for a while but then you draw it back down. If we get a patient up here and they don’t hold their adjustments well then they get back down here into the correction phase. They’re not holding their alignment.

After they’re not holding their alignment, they dip back down in the pain phase.

So again when a patient walks into our office, we first identify where they’re at and the journey is getting them back up the scale to where they’re fully aligned and fully functional and that nerve is doing what it is intended to do.

We want to get rid of the pain first, then correct the function so it doesn’t come back. Then, up here, we want to hold this so they have maximum health in their spine and our nervous system is doing what it’s intended to do.

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