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The Vertebral Subluxation Complex


Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to detect, reduce, and prevent the occurrence of subluxations, or more precisely, the Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC). A subluxation is defined as "a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health." An easier way to describe it would be: A misalignment in one or more of your spinal bones that affects the function of your nervous system and, thus, the ability to maintain optimal health/wellbeing.

At South Georgia Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we primarily focus on detecting, reducing, and preventing Vertebral Subluxation Complexes of the upper neck (upper cervical spine). This is because the upper cervical spine is, structurally, a critical junction point between the head and spine. Proper posture and body balance is closely associated to the anatomical integrity of this important junction point. This area is also near the point where the brainstem turns into the spinal cord. So, this is a highly important transitional area for the Central Nervous System as well.

When a Vertebral Subluxation Complex is present in the upper cervical spine, it can have a negative impact on many aspects of the human body. This is why a large variety of healthcare conditions have responded favorably to a specific upper cervical correction. The following are groups of conditions that have received positive results through upper cervical care.

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More related articles are referenced in the Resources page.

Neurological and Circulatory Conditions

Musculoskeletal Complaints


Body System Complaints


Pediatric/Childhood Conditions