A term used in chiropractic for a focal misalignment (subluxation) of the vertebra, which, when treated by spinal manipulation, is believed to free “life forces” and allow the body to heal itself.
segmental dysfunctionChiropractic A focal misalignment–subluxation of vertebra, treated by spinal manipulations intended to free 'life forces' and allow the body to heal itself
n a motion theory concept that states that two articulating joint surfaces cannot interact optimally if they are misaligned. Basis of vertebral subluxation and theory of illness. See also subluxation, vertebral.