The Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) has five main components:

Spinal Kinesiopathology          Kinesio=movement

Improper motion or position of the vertebrae can result from stress or trauma. This condition may be felt as an inability to turn or bend properly. The other four components of subluxation complex follow this one.

Neuropathophysiology           Neuro=nerve

The spinal cord and the nerves that are housed and that exit the spine are affected by improper position. Nerve tissue can be pinched, stretched or irritated as a result. This irritation disturbs the normal function of the nerves and limits the ability of the nerves to properly control muscles and all other organs.

Myopathology           Myo=muscle

Muscles that attach to a subluxated joint are not in balance. Muscles attaching on one side may stretch and tear while opposite side muscles may be compressed or crushed. These muscles atrophy, spasm or scar over time.

Histopathology           Histo=swelling

Soft tissue including tendons, ligaments and discs in the spine become swollen, inflamed and painful. Imagine a sunburn or a sprained ankle. Spinal discs may tear, bulge or even herniate.

Pathophysiology           Patho=suffering or disease

Biochemical changes in the spine resulting from this stress leads to spinal decay. Spinal joints fuse together as discs break down and bone spurs or osteoarthritis develops. The longer the vertebral subluxation complex exists the more likely permanent damage