Subluxation Degeneration

SUBLUXATION DEGENERATION is related to the same process the body uses to mend a broken bone. The body attempts to fuse the adjacent spinal bones together.

Regardless of age, when spinal damage goes uncorrected, the body deposits calcium on the surface of adjacent bones that arenít moving properly.


If neglected long enough, this splinting effect can result in complete fusion. This worsening process is called Subluxation Degeneration and can occur throughout the spine. Researchers recognize several phases of spinal decay:

Degeneration Phase One (birth to age 20)
Usually seen as the misalignment and malfunction of the spine. Normal spinal motion, curves, and disc spacing are altered. Because the body is so adaptable, this early phase can exist without the warning of pain or other symptoms. If left uncorrected, the degeneration continues.
  • loss of normal spine curve 
  • disc, joint, muscle, and some nerve damage
  • posture is distorted
  • less energy
  • height may diminish

The response to spinal care is generally good. 

Degeneration Phase Two (ages 20 to 40)
Recognized on X-ray views of the spine by visible bone spurs and rough edges of the vertebrae. Soft tissues, such as discs and ligaments degenerate from the lack of normal joint movement. Again, pain or other symptoms may not be present.

  • increasing decay, disc narrowing, and bone deformation 
  • spinal canal narrowing (Stenosis) may occur 
  • aches and pains are more common 
  • fatigue 
  • reduced ability to cope with stress 
  • height decrease continues 

With Chiropractic, significant improvement is possible. 

Degeneration Phase Three (ages 40 to 65)
A lifetime of neglect may cause the eventual fusion of the malfunctioning joints. Atrophy, permanent nerve damage, and soft tissue degeneration are prevalent. Reduced mobility and impaired nervous system function, diminish one's quality of life.

  • greater posture imbalance 
  • increased nerve damage
  • permanent scar tissue
  • advanced bone deformation 
  • beginnings of physical and /or mental weakness or disability 
  • loss of energy and height loss also occur 

Some reversal is possible. 

Degeneration Phase Four (65 and older) 

  • degeneration of the cartilage and bone
  • bone fusion, constant pain, and discomfort 
  • no permanent loss of height 
  • inability to turn, bend and twist 
  • physical and mental weakness and disability are evident 

This is often irreversible. Chiropractic care may provide symptomatic relief only. 

Reversing Spinal Degeneration

Chiropractic care can reduce, halt, and even reverse spinal degeneration by improving spinal balance and posture and keeping your joints, nerves, and discs, healthy and strong. Of course, the best approach to spinal degeneration is to prevent it in the first place! That's why spinal check-ups for all children and adults should be a part of everyone's health care regimen. 

Spinal degeneration is one of the more obvious effects of spinal nerve stress damage. In North America, significant amounts of spinal degeneration can be detected in over one-third of the population by age 30. By age 70, it is present in nearly everyone and often in advanced stages; it has been blamed for the 198, 000 cases of patients who are either bed or chair ridden.


Conditions Treated | Subluxation Complex | Subluxation Degeneration
Neck | Headache | Shoulder | Back | Disc | Sciatica
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