Definitions of Subluxation:

International Chiropractors Association.

“The subluxation complex includes any alteration of the biomechanics and physiological dynamics of contiguous spinal structures which can cause neuronal disturbances.”


Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

“A subluxation is 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..”


Stephenson’s chiropractic philosophy text

“A subluxation is the condition of a vertebrae that has lost its proper juxtaposition with the one above or the one below, or both; to an extent less than a luxation; which impinges nerves and interferes with the transmission of mental impulses.”


D.D. & B.J. Palmer

“A (sub)luxation of a joint, to a Chiropractor, means pressure on nerves, abnormal functions creating a lesion in some portion of the body, either in its action, or makeup.”


Dorland’s medical dictionary.

“A partial dislocation; any pathological situation in which there is not a normal physiological juxtaposition of the articular surface of a joint (demonstrated radiographically).”