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Subluxation As A Social/Cultural Imitation:Resolving A Phylobiological Epiphenomenon, Part 1

Mark R. Filippi, D.C.


Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ Volume 3 ~ Number 3 ~ Pages 1-14



This is part one of a two part article. This article investigates the possibility of viewing subluxation as a part of a larger pattern of collective, survival-based adaptations common to every human being’s ongoing growth and development.  By examining personal connections to the “non-local” social self, it may be better understood as to why humans subluxate and how social patterns of adaptation through octal coding can be better recognized and regulated.  This process reframes subluxation as a meme, a unit of cultural imitation, that possesses an unbounded capacity to be non-verbally communicated intra- and/or interpersonally. Chiropractic acknowledges that every nervous system is composed of a voluntary or phasic aspect, and an involuntary or tonal aspect.  This ongoing “conversation” between these two divisions forms the tapestry of individual and collective existence. 

Even at the core, humans remain social in nature. However, clinical chiropractic has historically focused on the evaluation of physical and/or mental levels of well-being as they relate to the indicators of the vertebral subluxation complex, (VSC).  By viewing subluxation as a cultural undertow that extends beyond the borders of individual physical bodies, the chiropractor is free to work within the sphere of life common to both doctor and patient, that of social well-being.  With both doctor and patient focusing on common targets for clinical outcomes, the emphasis shifts from normalizing the spine to optimizing nerve function for whole body benefits on both a personal and communal level. This article concludes with the theoretical rationale for a virtual adjustment, based on the evidence presented.


Key Words: Pattern recognition, cotention, ditention, phylobiology, chaotic systems, emergence, virtual adjustment, non-locality, memes, stochastic resonance, cardiac coherence, recursion.


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