Understanding Vertebral Subluxation in Chiropractic

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Intern explains subluxation to patient

“Vertebral” refers to the bones of the spine (vertebrae), and “subluxation” describes the misalignment of those bones.

But this literal translation doesn’t even come close to capturing the significance of vertebral subluxations to the practice of chiropractic, the everyday performance of our bodies, and our capacity to maintain health and wellbeing over the long term.

To truly understand vertebral subluxation, we must examine it in context – and that warrants a closer look at what is arguably the body’s most important command system.

The Central Nervous System

The Central Nervous System (CNS) is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. From the brain, nerves travel down the spinal cord, branch out from between each of our 24 vertebrae, and extend to all areas of the body. The spine is the channel along which information is transmitted to and from the brain, allowing us to move, see, breath and speak. Students in chiropractic college learn that when vertebrae become misaligned, they may put pressure on and irritate the nerves that carry messages throughout the CNS – the information is then distorted or lost in transmission.

We rely on the central nervous system, not just for basic everyday functions, but for ongoing processes such as cell repair and growing new tissue. Because vertebral subluxations interfere with the body’s central command system, they have the capacity to impact organ health, immune system function, and impair our overall sense of health and vitality.

Role of Chiropractic in Correcting Subluxations

With the understanding that the central nervous system is critical to our survival, chiropractic focuses on identifying and correcting vertebral subluxations that may impede the CNS from functioning optimally.

Chiropractic education provides students with the theory and practical techniques needed to locate, analyze and correct subluxations, ensuring that the nervous system is working properly and can deliver messages to and from the rest of the body. Rather than treating symptoms, chiropractors help create the circumstances necessary for the body to effectively regulate and heal itself. This is why regular check-ups with the chiropractor (before any symptoms appear) is best practice for maintaining good health.

What Causes Vertebral Subluxations?

Subluxations are a result of the stresses we inflict upon our bodies each and every day. Some stresses are exceptional, caused by a traumatic event, such as a motor vehicle accident or a bad fall. Others are far more mundane, such as stress or a sedentary lifestyle like hunching over a computer all day. Chiropractors confirm that the very first vertebral subluxations may occur at birth, when the spine is twisted and pulled during delivery. And as we grow and achieve milestones like walking, running, riding a bike and participating in sports, we expose our bodies to stress that can result in misalignment. Professionals who have already launched a chiropractic career will often see parents bring their children in to be checked for subluxation just days after birth.

Once the relationships between the spine, the central nervous system, and vertebral subluxations is understood, it makes good sense to consult with a doctor of chiropractic and develop an on-going, customized plan of care.

How would you explain the concept of vertebral subluxation to a new patient?

Chiropractic Profession Has the Best Job Security, According to MarketWatch

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Chiropractic Profession Has the Best Job Security

MarketWatch has placed the chiropractic profession at the top of its rankings in an article published March 20 titled “10 Professions with the Best Job Security.”

Chiropractic is a rewarding career choice that allows graduates to serve their communities and make a positive impact in people’s lives. Chiropractors take a natural, preventative approach to health care, without the invasive use of drugs or surgery, helping patients enjoy a greater potential for health and optimal human performance.

Fast Company, Forbes, Career Cast and other organizations repeatedly name chiropractic as a top job. Aside from the personal satisfaction of helping people, a chiropractic career is in demand; the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the employment of chiropractors is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022.

Because chiropractors emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyles, chiropractic care is appealing to many health-conscious Americans. Projected job growth for the chiropractic profession stems from increasing consumer demand for a more natural approach to health care.

Sherman College: A Leader in Chiropractic Education

Sherman College’s Doctor of Chiropractic program is unique in its approach to health care and known globally for producing doctors who are highly skilled in their delivery of chiropractic care. The college prepares students to become doctors of chiropractic who are compassionate, ethical and successful.

Sherman College offers a friendly environment, individual attention and mentoring, expert faculty, hands-on instruction and a balanced curriculum that offers the knowledge students need in basic science, chiropractic technique and philosophy, and practice management. Students in the final stage of the program complete a clinical internship coordinated by licensed doctors of chiropractic, which allows them to practice chiropractic under the close supervision and constant consultation of our faculty experts.

Methodology:  In its study, MarketWatch considered unemployment rates among workers in 564 occupations provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Estimated employment growth between 2012 and 2022, median 2012 wages, labor force totals, and typical education requirements for each job also came from the BLS, according to the article.

For more information about a career in chiropractic, call Tarsha Hamilton at 864-578-8770, ext. 294, email thamilton@sherman.edu or visit www.sherman.edu/showcase/.

Unique Career Paths: Animal Chiropractor

Dr. Natasha Jaskiewicz

Dr. Natasha Jaskiewicz

Chiropractic has long been recognized for its capacity to help human bodies perform at their best. But over the last few decades, animal adjustment has also expanded in practice and appeal, offering new career paths to students currently enrolled in chiropractic training. Read on to learn more about the evolution of animal chiropractic, and how one Sherman graduate transformed her passion for horses into a thriving private practice.

History of Chiropractic Practice on Animals

Animal chiropractic originated around 1895, at about the same time human chiropractic was developed. The practice, however, did not gain wider appeal until 1985 when the late Sharon Willoughby, a veterinarian and chiropractor, took the reins of an organization called Options for Animals, which provided instruction on how to adjust animals.

In 1986, Dr. Willoughby gave a short course on equine chiropractic (spinal adjustment for horses) in Arkansas. Following the workshop, participants – a mix of veterinarians and chiropractors – formed the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and chose Dr. Willoughby as their president.

The AVCA were among the very first to develop an educational curriculum around chiropractic theory and technique, build a link between chiropractic and veterinary practitioners and ultimately, apply chiropractic care to the quadruped.

Throughout the last decade, the public acceptance and demand for animal chiropractic care has grown, inspiring new graduates of chiropractic college to pursue this rewarding career path. One of those graduates is Natasha Jaskiewicz, D.C.

Natasha’s Success Story

Born in Singapore, Natasha Jaskiewicz moved with her family to Anacortes, WA in 1985 at the age of three. Natasha has always been an avid animal lover, and from a young age she owned her own horses. She became involved with 4-H early on and began to train and show horses, especially hunter/jumpers.

Natasha graduated from the University of Findlay in Ohio with a degree in equine business management and soon began working as a freelance horse trainer, first in Washington and later in Texas. In Texas, Natasha encountered a Certified Animal Chiropractor who was also a D.C., and was truly amazed at the work she did with horses. After witnessing how applied animal chiropractic helped horses naturally, without drugs or surgery, Natasha was inspired to pursue a brand new career path.

Upon graduating from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2007 and obtaining national certification by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, Natasha established a mobile practice that specializes in animals. Now she travels throughout the Carolinas and across the globe, working not only with horse and rider teams, but also with a variety of other animals including conformation and agility dogs that compete at international levels. Natasha is truly an inspiring example for anyone looking to combine a chiropractic education with a love of animals.

The Benefits of Animal Adjustment

Approaching chiropractic care for animals is (for obvious logistical reasons) quite different than with humans – but the rationale for doing so, and the benefits of chiropractic, are surprisingly similar for both. Vigorous activity, repetitive actions, or wear and tear due to aging are experienced by animals just as they are by humans. Consider the physical force required of race horses, the shock absorbed by a dog’s body after a high leap, the effects of a life-time of wearing collars or saddles…the list goes on. Regular chiropractic adjustment helps mitigate those daily stressors, keeping the spine aligned and the central nervous system functioning optimally – best practice for any living creature, two legged or four.

What would inspire you to pursue a career in animal chiropractic?

Advantages of Digital Radiography for Chiropractors

chiropracticeducationDigital radiography refers to the process of capturing a radiographic image using a sensor, and then presenting (or storing) that image on a computer. The technology has come a long way from traditional x-ray with film and view boxes! Practitioners can zoom, rotate and control image density, and the results are available on-screen within seconds for chiropractors to analyze and then review with patients.

During the course of their chiropractic education, students have the opportunity to learn about and use digital x-ray technology – enhancing their ability to analyze results and develop individualized care plans.

To give prospective students a clearer idea of how the technology works, we’ve put together a simple introduction to the mechanics of digital x-ray with detailed examples of how it can benefit both chiropractors and their patients.

The Evolution of X-Ray

Conventional x-ray machines function similarly to cameras, but instead of light they use electromagnetic waves to develop an image on film. The waves pass through the body, are absorbed by bone, muscle, fat and other masses, and leave a visual imprint of these structures for practitioners to develop and analyze. Since its invention in 1895, the x-ray machine has played a vital role in health care.

In 1987, x-ray technology was elevated to a new level of efficiency when the first digital system was launched in Europe by a French company called Trophy Radiologie. Digital x-ray doesn’t need film at all. Instead, electronic sensors capture clear images of bones and tissue, and project those images directly onto a computer screen. Efficient and easy to share, digital results offer chiropractors a range of advantages over their analog predecessors.

How Digital X-Ray Benefits Chiropractors and their Patients

Digital radiography is quick and accurate, allowing chiropractors to accomplish more work with less time and expense. When they learn to use digital x-ray machines, chiropractic college interns will also discover that they can annotate the images, highlighting particular areas of misalignment (called vertebral subluxations) – an excellent way to share detailed results with patients and explain how plans of care will be carried out. Patients may take their digital x-ray results with them on CD or DVD, to review on their own or share with others. And while digital systems may have a higher initial investment at the beginning of your chiropractic career, with no need for film, development chemicals or file storage, they are cheaper to maintain in the long term and worth the investment. Some of the other practical benefits of digital radiography include:

Safety: digital systems expose patients to 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays

  • Safety: digital systems expose patients to 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays
  • Quality: chiropractors can manipulate results by enhancing cortical outlines, highlighting structures, changing the brightness, and magnifying the image
  • Environmental Impact: by eliminating the use of water and chemicals necessary for film processing, digital x-ray systems are significantly more environmentally friendly as compared to traditional x-ray
  • Portable: easy to transmit through email, digital x-ray results can be shared among health care professionals to better serve the patient

In what other ways do you think digital imaging would help improve patient care?

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Sherman College Stands Against Prescriptive Rights for Chiropractors

POSITION STATEMENT: Sherman College of Chiropractic has announced its position defending the holistic origins of the chiropractic profession and recommending against any expansion of scope that would allow doctors of chiropractic prescriptive rights.

The college asserts that an expansion of practice scope to include the right to prescribe pharmaceuticals is a dangerous precedent for the chiropractic profession that would encroach on the practice of medicine.

“Chiropractic was founded to provide the public with a valuable, distinct service of enhancing life, health and human potential without duplicating any existing services,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. He added that Sherman College trains doctors of chiropractic to practice within a separate and distinct healing art with an objective that differs from that of medicine.

“Sherman College of Chiropractic strongly opposes the expansion of the scope of practice. The college remains steadfast in holding to the origins of chiropractic to improve and elevate the well-being of people through the correction of vertebral subluxations. It recognizes that the unique philosophy and art of chiropractic are scientifically grounded in their own right and require no expansion into the act of medical practice,” he continued.

The practice of medicine is an allopathic and therapeutic objective of diagnosing and treating symptomatology and disease. The objective of chiropractic is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations (misalignments of the spine that are a detriment to one’s well-being).

Expansion of the scope of practice would not only be a departure from the reason the practice of chiropractic has been licensed as a separate healing art in the United States and internationally, but it would also infringe upon other practice acts, ultimately leading to chiropractic losing its unique service to the public, Cordero explained. This change, he said, would put the public at risk and would likely increase the number of licensure and malpractice complaints in the chiropractic profession.

Sherman College of Chiropractic holds the position that the practice of chiropractic remains a service separate and distinct from other healing arts. Its unique clinical objective is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations. Building on this, Sherman College teaches courses to prepare its graduates to practice as portal-of-entry providers in all 50 states and around the world. Sherman College graduates are competent and trained to meet all requirements for licensure and safe application of the unique service of chiropractors.


Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, call 800-849-8771.

For more information, please contact:
Edwin Cordero, D.C.
President
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 227
ecordero@sherman.edu

Who Can Benefit From Chiropractic?

Who can benefit from chiropractic? The answer is, everyone!

Chiropractic is an approach to holistic wellness that seeks to optimize the body’s natural capacity for healing.

Chiropractic education prepares graduates to identify and correct vertebral misalignments (called subluxations), which helps the brain better communicate key messages to the body’s nervous system. By ensuring communication routes are clear, patients’ bodies are better able to function well and heal more effectively. Students considering chiropractic careers can expect to work with patients of all ages, from young children to seniors, helping to facilitate optimal health and wellness.

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Growing Children

When one considers the dramatic growth, development and transformation children undergo as they progress toward adulthood, it’s not surprising that more parents than ever are scheduling regular chiropractic check-ups for their kids.

Similar to how a dentist monitors teeth as they grow in, chiropractors suggest periodic spinal adjustments as a way to promote children’s overall health and vitality. By identifying and correcting misalignments that interfere with the nervous system, chiropractic encourages a strengthened immune system – a valuable benefit for young children who typically fall victim to routine infections, colds and flu. Graduates of chiropractic college who specialize in caring for babies and toddlers typically use a gentle approach, with only the amount of force one might apply to test a tomato for ripeness. Parents may bring infants in for their first assessment just days after birth. Children who integrate chiropractic into their health routine early on are well positioned to reap the benefits of care throughout the rest of their lives.

Busy Adults

The nervous system of the average working adult undergoes an onslaught of stresses every day – including emotional, chemical and physical. Increasingly busy schedules often lead to anxiety, long hours spent hunched over a computer, poor diet and reduced sleep – all of which impair the body’s capacity to fend off illness and function at its best.

Regular chiropractic care can help the body work at its best, whether or not the adult is aware of any pain or dysfunction. Realigning the bones of the spine will help to ensure the nervous system works without interference, which in turn will benefit the entire body – an essential health care component for adults who wish to remain healthy and productive despite external stresses that will inevitably arise.

Active Seniors

Just as children experience changes to their musculoskeletal and nervous systems as they achieve developmental milestones, seniors may also see dramatic differences in spine health and performance as they age. For seniors, the whole body benefits of chiropractic care can mean holding on to mobility and independence for longer. While not a cure for any specific disorder or disease, chiropractic care contributes to optimal spinal health and can open the door for seniors to an overall improved quality of life.

Preventative, restorative, holistic: chiropractic helps patients of all ages live life to the fullest!

What inspires you most about training for a career in chiropractic?

FREE VISIT at Sherman College’s Chiropractic Health Center for our Valentines

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What:              Free visits on Sweetheart Day at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center

Who:                All current Health Center patients will receive a free visit

Current patients only; x-rays not included.

 {New patients are always our sweethearts; your first visit to our HC is free.}

When:             Friday, February 13, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Why:                We love and appreciate our patients!

Where:           Sherman College of Chiropractic Health Center
                          2020 Springfield Road, Spartanburg, SC 29316

Contact:          Shirlene Burnsed sburnsed@sherman.edu or Tammy Windham , 864-578-8777

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