Let’s start with some definitions followed by a simple explanation:
“The condition of a vertebra that has lost its proper juxtaposition with the one above, the one below, or both; to an extent less than a luxation; which impinges nerves and interferes with the transmission of mental impulses.” R.W. Stephenson
“A vertebral subluxation is a diminished state of being, comprising of a state of reduced coherence, altered biomechanical function, altered neurological function, and altered adaptability.” Australian Spinal Research Foundation
In simpler terms, a vertebral subluxation occurs when the bones of your spine (vertebra), come out of alignment putting pressure on nerves or the spinal cord. This pressure on the nervous system interferes with the communication between the brain and body. With this breakdown in communication, everything under the brain’s control is more likely to malfunction. In this way, even one vertebral subluxation can affect the entire body.