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J Chiropr Humanit. 2010 Dec;17(1):33-9. doi: 10.1016/j.echu.2010.07.002. Epub 2010 Sep 21.

The great subluxation debate: a centrist's perspective.

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  • 1Professor, University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, Bridgeport, CT 06604.



This commentary describes the debate and some of the associated issues involving the subluxation construct.


The long-standing debate regarding the chiropractic subluxation has created substantial controversy within the profession. Currently, this phenomenon can be compared with a country with a 2-party system that has a large silent majority sitting between the 2 factions. It is argued that the position held by those in the middle (the centrists) may be the most rational view when considering all of the available evidence. It is also suggested that the subluxation construct is similar to the Santa Claus construct in that both have a factual basis as well as social utility. Ultimately, the centrists must become proactive if they want to protect the profession and further advance the evidence in regard to the subluxation. They must not only engage in the debate, but fund the research that will investigate various aspects of the subluxation and then help disseminate this evidence to fellow doctors of chiropractic, other practitioners, health care policy makers, and society at large.


The role of subluxation in chiropractic practice, the progression of this debate, and the future of the profession will be directly determined by the role that centrists choose to play.


Chiropractic; Philosophy

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