Monday Morning Motivation | Joint Dysfunction/Subluxation

Posted by Bill Esteb on Jun 9th 2024

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To say what you mean, and mean what you say, be mindful of these distinctions:

Joint dysfunction – This reduces chiropractic to a limited orthopedic modality, overlooking the neurological implications and its potential whole-body effects. This medicalizes chiropractic, excluding its vitalistic nature and respect for the intelligence of the body.

This eliminates pediatric and wellness care, conforming to the prevailing allopathic mindset.

Granted, objectively measuring improved nervous system function may be expensive or inconvenient, but possible—if there’s interest.

Trading identity for acceptance is how to lose both.

Subluxation – This often creates an allergic reaction, especially among newer chiropractors taught that this is merely an anachronistic, “unscientific historical artifact.”

Granted, subluxation in the chiropractic lexicon is far more nuanced than the medical definition, making it virtually invisible to emergency room physicians quick to offer up pain meds and muscle relaxers.

Joint dysfunction reduces the big idea to a rather small one.

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Bill Esteb has been a chiropractic patient and advocate since 1981. He is the creative director of Patient Media and the co-founder of Perfect Patients. He’s been a regular speaker at chiropractic gatherings since 1985. His 12 books explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient's point of view. His chiropractic blog, coaching program, patient focus groups and consulting calls have helped hundreds of chiropractors around the world. Since 1999 Monday Morning Motivation has been emailed to over 10,000 subscribers each week.