Why do some chiropractors adjust many segments and some only 1 or 2?


The answer has 2 parts:

  1. A subluxation is a misaligned vertebra that causes pressure on the nervous system.  It affects the chemistry and degree of inflammation and muscular guarding in the area and its movement is restricted.  A subluxation mechanically alters other parts of the spine.
  1. A compensation is a vertebral misalignment that results from a subluxation elsewhere.  It is an effect, and every subluxation causes at least one.  Compensations on x-ray often look much more obvious than true subluxations in their degree of misalignment.

A considerable number of misalignments in the spine are compensations instead of subluxations.

If one does not understand compensations with the spine, he/she will inadvertently be adjusting the wrong vertebra and the true subluxations will remain uncorrected and the patient will be left in the same place with spinal misalignments and nerve pressure.

So, that’s why we adjust less.  We work diligently to find the subluxations and correct those, which allows the compensations to align as well!


Dr. Brad Norman

Dr. Brad Norman

Dr. Brad Norman, D.C., is a seasoned chiropractic practitioner and the insightful voice behind New Life Chiropractor's blog. With a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Western University, Dr. Norman combines deep expertise with a passion for holistic wellness. Proudly serving the community since 2002, Dr. Norman and the New Life Chiropractic clinic continue to be beacons of health and education for their patients, guiding them to a more vibrant and pain-free life.