The Vertebral Subluxation Complex (subluxation) occurs when one of the 24 movable bones that make up the spinal column loses its normal motion. While a subluxation may indicate a structural misalignment, the most devastating impact results from the lack of motion.
Another way of thinking of a subluxation is a movement deficiency syndrome. To function appropriately, the brain requires motion of these segments for appropriate stimulation. Just like many cavities in teeth, subluxations may cause no pain, and you may be completely unaware that they are there until you have a proper evaluation. Other times, subluxations alert you of the problem by causing pain and other symptoms. Either way, the body cannot function at its best with subluxations.