How do you know if you have subluxation? How do you know if something in your body isn’t working at its normal capacity? Is it pain? Symptoms? Yes, symptomatology can be a tell-tale sign that something isn’t right within, but in the continuum of your state of condition, symptoms are most often the last sign to show up with deviation away from normal function.

Understanding how well your body is functioning compared to how it feels is a big step in the right direction for a higher quality of life.

It’s a popular belief that well-being is related to feeling good. Unfortunately, there are many people that feel fine and suffer from a lack of complete physical, mental and psychological well-being. Dental cavities, heart attacks and cancer are just a few examples of feeling good while living outside the realm of well-being. 

How you feel just isn’t the greatest yardstick to measure how well you’re functioning. Well-being is more than just how you feel! 

This definition of health is important when it comes to understanding that health or function is the entity and disease or infirmity is the non-entity. When your body is unhealthy or sick it’s due to an absence of health or function. Health is the state of complete well-being regardless of the absence of disease or infirmity.

As a chiropractor who agrees with the viewpoint that health and well-being are the entity and disease and infirmity as the non-entity, I recommend to my clients that investing into your quality of life regardless of how you “feel” will produce the greatest return on your investment.

So, how do you know if you have vertebral subluxation? Using the criteria of headaches, neck pain or back pain may not be your greatest indicator of when to see the Chiropractor due to the inconsistency of pain and dysfunction occurring in correlation with each other. Dysfunction can and does occur without pain or symptoms. Vertebral subluxation does and can occur without headaches, neck pain or back pain.

So how do you know if you have vertebral subluxation if it’s not solely symptomatology as a valid indicator?

Chiropractors are the trained professionals at locating, analyzing and detecting vertebral subluxation and the consensus within the profession is to use a multi-factor authentication approach to locate, analyze and detect vertebral subluxation similar to you providing two or more pieces of evidence to verify your identity for an app or website login.

The Chiropractor’s Multi-Factor Authentication of vertebral subluxation can be best understood by seeing the consistent 3-4 variables involved with vertebral subluxation that your nearest Chiropractor is utilizing for locating, analyzing and detecting subluxation:

  1. Asymmetry. Asymmetry can be observed or palpated by the Chiropractor. 
  2. Range of motion abnormality. Abnormal range of motion within the spine can be observed through active range of motion or palpated by the Chiropractor through passive range of motion. 
  3. Tissue or tone alteration. Alteration in the tone of soft tissue such as your muscles, ligaments and tendons or skin can be located, analyzed and detected regionally within the spine and more effectively segmentally. 
  4. Somatic sensation or perception of actual or potential tissue damage through tenderness, discomfort or pain. Somatic sensation or perception of injury most often is expressed through subjective communication by the person who is receiving the evaluation for vertebral subluxation. 

The Chiropractor’s Multi-Factor Authentication of vertebral subluxation are indicators related to your ability to adapt to stress and the law of demand and supply that’s taking place within your physiology.

Supply and demand is a principle of healing within the body and is in constant flux and stability based on the body’s inner wisdom to keep the trillions of cells within you working together through coordination and well-being.

If your quality of life is not keeping up with the demands you’re placing on your body, integrate ways to create healthier habits that promote vitality, well-being and healing. Life is complicated, keep health and well-being simple. Choose habits that promote well-being: exercise, rest, clean water, nutrient filled food, meditation, adaptation to life’s stress. 

All things equal, supplying your body with simple and smart choices that promote health, healing and well-being can give you a competitive advantage for the demands on keeping your quality of life in equilibrium.

Trent Scheidecker, DC


Trent Scheidecker, DC | ChiroWay of Woodbury | Owner & Chiropractor
Trent Scheidecker, DC frequently visited his chiropractor when he was in high school and knew the benefits he experienced were worth the time and investment to become a chiropractor. He wanted to help his community experience a higher quality of life through regular chiropractic care. In 2010 Trent founded ChiroWay in Woodbury and since that time has served over 3,000 clients. He has been named “Best of Woodbury” in Woodbury Magazine seven times. Trent has also mentored colleagues in practice and franchised ChiroWay in 2012. Today, there are 8 ChiroWay locations throughout Minnesota.