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Briefly, many new patients want to correct, or failing that, to reduce, functional impairments that give rise to symptoms. Adjusting some subluxations may result in symptoms going, never to recur. However, many people have a lifelong predisposition to spinal instability leading to; 1) recurrent subluxations, 2) a recurrent subluxation related symptom, or 3) a recurrent subluxation related syndrome.

“Syndrome” refers to a group of commonly associated symptoms. In this instance, the association is by way of subluxations. The chiropractor’s role is to locate and adjust subluxations, which may reduce or remove subluxation related symptoms.

Lifelong function may be impaired by faulty structure, a wedged vertebra or one short leg. Today Homo Erectus has become Homo ‘Sittins’. It becomes obvious in practice that many patients expose their structural framework to unnatural biomechanical loading leading to chronic recurrent subluxations. My bet is that subluxation, either with, or without, symptoms, are a constant in the human condition.

Many/most patients have their own subluxation related syndrome, the impact of which may vary from being mild to creating a major lifestyle inconvenience. Some patients have an extraordinary ease of going “out of adjustment”. People with highly unstable spines may have two different qualities of life.

When they are “out of adjustment”, their subluxation related syndrome contributes toward a poor quality of life. An adjustment can switch them to minimal or no symptoms, permitting a better quality of life.

Being able to identify subluxation-related symptoms creates the option of 1) have chiropractic care and in effect switching off their symptoms. 2) medically masking the symptoms.

How long a patient’s spine can, ‘hold an adjustment’ varies from patient to patient. In day-to-day practice, the patient and I often identify subluxations that have not reached the stage of generating identifiable subluxation related symptoms. Oddly, even though they feel good and function well, after I adjust the subluxation, the patient may claim to feel a sense of increased well being.

When I first went to a chiropractor, like most patients, I expected chiropractic care to be similar to the condition/symptom based medical model. No matter what the chiropractor said, my two gaols remained to get out of symptoms and get out of his office. As soon as I felt better, ‘whoosh’ I was gone. After a time my symptoms returned. Eventually the penny fell and I came to understand that subluxation based chiropractic care is about subluxations rather than symptoms or conditions.

Condition/symptom based care remains society’s dominant paradigm; most of my patients have been ‘whooshers’. The baby boomer’s health-wellness market shift is changing that. Nowadays, many people use regular subluxation based chiropractic care to retain a relatively good quality of life.

Over the last forty plus years at the Attadale chiopractic clinic, from my clinical observations, well-adjusted patients are easier to adjust and have less discomfort after an adjustment. By contrast, seldom-adjusted patients “tighten up” and may need a firmer adjustment. They then might react, with temporary, increased minor aches, to me stirring up their ‘rust’.

Collaborative chiropractic consists of patients learning to do what keeps them “in adjustment” and avoiding doing what causes them to go “out of adjustment”. I prefer a clientele of pre-appointed, regular well adjusted patients who make chiropractic an integral part of their overall health care plan.


Your Chiropractor

Michael McKibbin passed his Iowa Basic Science and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa.

Since then both wonderful staff and patients have contributed toward decades of valued experience in his family practice.


October 2010
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