Are Subluxations Painful?

A subluxation is an interference to your nervous system. Since your nervous system is responsible for running every cell, tissue, organ and gland in your body, then interference to those nerves will and do interfere with the optimal function of your body.

Many people believe that if they have a subluxation that they will know it because they will have some significant pain. The fact is subluxations are mostly painless.


subluxation power plantThere are 3 types of nerves in the body. MOTOR nerves carry signals TO your muscles. AUTONOMIC nerves carry signals TO and FROM your organs and glands. SENSORY nerves carry information about your internal and external environment TO your brain. The sensory nerves make up only 10% of the nerves in your body. Sensory nerves include temperature, vibration, hearing, sight, taste smell, touch and finally PAIN. So, in reality, probably less than 5% of all the nerves in your body actually carry pain signals. It doesn’t make much sense to base your need for chiropractic care on whether or not you have pain. Pain may or may not ever occur in a subluxation, meanwhile, the function of your body is being seriously compromised.


A 1993 study revealed that pressure to the nerve root (the nerve root is located between two spinal bones) can exist without pain. Chiropractors call this condition subluxation. More importantly Dr. Hause, the chief researcher, stated that this pressure can damage the autonomic nerves. The autonomic nerves are the part of the nervous system that regulates the function of your organs, gland and blood vessels. The plain and simple translation of it is this: A subluxation can damage nerves, even the nerves that control your vital organs and glands, without producing any pain whatsoever. This is why so many people are “feeling good” while their health is continues to decline. Only when they have significant tissue damage and destruction will they then be aware of pain.1

It makes more sense to use your calendar rather than your pain level to determine when to have your nervous system checked by your chiropractor.


  1. Hause, M: Pain and the Nerve Root. Spine 1993; 18(14):2053.