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Vertebral Subluxation Theories

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Continuing Education |  NCMIC Credits |  Webinar
Eric Russell, DC, DPhCS
1 Hour



We know there are several types of nerve interference in the body, directly or indirectly, due to vertebral subluxation.  They include:

  1. Nerve interference
  2. Cord interference
  3. Inflammation
  4. The coating of the nerve (and not the nerve itself)
  5. Abnormal spinal reflexes
  6. Bad motion (reduced proprioception) and abnormal neurological input into the brain (dysafferentation)

These concepts are tested on the NBCE Part 2 exam, and the primary reference book is Robert Leach's "Chiropractic Theories."

We understand that any individual or combination of the six (there are more) nerve interferences can happen when someone is subluxated.  For example, a patient may have numbness in their index finger on one side (#1 above).  However, if they have numbness on both sides of the body, it is most likely #2. 

Because there is no repeatable cause and effect by reducing one variable, our understanding of subluxation is more complex and does not fit traditional science as well. The body is so highly interconnected that it cannot be reduced to one single variable.  Philosophy and science are not meant to be separated.  You have to know what each of them does. 

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Dr. Russell is widely considered one of the innovative thought leaders of the chiropractic profession. He obtained his chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1996. Dr. Russell is the first Diplomate of Philosophical Chiropractic Standards (DPhCS) to be named as president of a chiropractic college when he was at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. Because of his emphasis on service to the profession, and his passion for developing clarity around the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation, Dr. Russell has received numerous professional and teaching awards for his service in chiropractic. Some of his prestigious awards include induction to the Palmer College of Chiropractic Great Hall of Philosophers, Parker College of Chiropractic Faculty of the Year, and Chiropractor of the Year for both Illinois and Texas.

Through his passion for chiropractic, combined with his experience in chiropractic practice, chiropractic academia, as an international speaker, published author and experience in chiropractic makes him one of the profession's leaders for today and for the future. Dr. Russell strives to inspire chiropractors to be the best they can be at the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic.