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Removing Subluxations are Just the Beginning

Sep 30, 2017 12:12PM ● By Harlan Sparer

Chiropractors remove subluxations, a bone out of alignment relative to its neighbor that is causing nerve impingement and dysfunction. In order for a subluxation to occur, the ligaments holding the joints of the bones in alignment must have been torn and stretched. The disc between the vertebrae or bones in many cases will begin to protrude and bulge. These two events create tissue damage, resulting in inflammation. The inflammation causes nerve pressure, creating dysfunction through alteration in nerve transmission. Because nerves travel throughout the body, effects can range from local sensory to radiating pain, organ dysfunction or vascular dysfunction. Essentially, there are many possible external symptoms. Sometimes there are no outward symptoms at all, and only organic dysfunction occurs.

Analysis and correction of subluxation varies by a doctor of chiropractic (DC). There is no generic approach utilized from one chiropractor to the next. Sometimes there may even be a varying approach within the same visit by the same DC. These approaches vary by analysis and by correction, as well. Some DCs use high velocity (more force) while others use less to nearly none. Some use their touch, some use indicators or tests, some use X-Rays, some use instrumentation and some use a combination.

Some DCs make the correction with their hands, some with fingers or thumbs, and some with an instrument. Some DCs use more than one of these methods. Each chiropractic approach has a name, such as Directional Non Force Technique, Upper Cervical Specific, and Gonstead. Some are combinations of other methods, such as the commonly practiced Diversified Technique. Whatever the approach is, the goal is to remove subluxation.

In a perfect world, one visit to a DC would align all of the vertebrae and extremities, but this is often not the case. Several alignment issues can be corrected in a visit, but it typically takes a series of visits to correct them all, because the human body and its articulations are a complex and dynamic series of interactive parts.

Once this has been accomplished, it is important to reintegrate gently back into the resumption of activity. This is guided by the treating DC, as it takes time for ligaments and other supportive structures to heal. Often, patients cheat and try and return to regular activities too soon and require further chiropractic care. Sometimes, activities or work cannot be resumed, while other times rehabilitation must be done first. The reintegration of the patient to home and work activities can actually be more complex than the correction of subluxations.

Free consultation. Dr. Harlan Sparer, a “wholistic” chiropractor, has limited his practice at 5308 S. Heather Dr., in Tempe, to the Directional Non Force Technique for 33 years. For appointments (required), call 480-245-7894. For more information, visit



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