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Grand Rapids Chiropractor | Grand Rapids chiropractic care | MI | What is a Subluxation

Daniel G. Van Gessel, DC, CCSP

Adam T. Van Gessel, DC


(616) 363-7713

What is a Subluxation/Segmental Dysfunction


What is a Subluxation?

While at our office, you may hear the doctors refer to something known as a subluxation. A subluxation is a fancy term used for the specific focus of chiropractic treatments, also referred to as a chiropractic subluxation complex or segmental joint dysfunction. A subluxation is a health concern that manifests in skeletal joints through complex anatomical and physiological relationships that affects the nervous system and may lead to reduced function, disability, or illness.

In chiropractic, a subluxation is any mechanical alteration to nerve function. For example, when a vertebra misaligns or is displaced within the spine there is interruption to the nerve at that location which can have an effect on the function to the rest of the body being supplied by that nerve.

For a more complete description and further discussion of chiropractic subluxations, see, among others, Gutterman (2005), Leach (2004), and Peterson & Bergman (2002).

Grand Rapids Chiropractor | What is a Subluxation. Dr. Daniel Van gessel is a Grand Rapids Chiropractor.