Subluxation. That’s a big word but one that we – as chiropractors – use quite often.
In simple terms, a subluxation, sometimes called a vertebral subluxation, is when one or more vertebrae move out of position and irritate or create pressure on the spinal nerves. This pressure or irritation causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.
The result is, of course, pain. As chiropractors, we locate these subluxations and aim to correct or reduce them so that the patient can return to the highest level of health possible.
The particulars of subluxation can be complicated. As a matter of fact, in their training, chiropractors learn of the subluxation complex, which involves the muscles, bone, soft tissue, nerves, and even chemical changes in the body. But despite the complexity, detecting, locating, and correcting subluxations are a chiropractor’s specialties.
But have you ever tried to explain subluxation to your patients? Chances are that they look at you with glazed eyes and nod absent-mindedly as you talk about the spine, nerves, vertebrae, pressure, irritation, and adjustment.
Use A Subluxation Model For Visual Reference
Because a patient can’t really see their spine, though they’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of it, it’s difficult to grasp what’s going on. All the patient understands is that they’re in pain and they’re looking for relief.
But with Dynamic Disc Design’s unique Articular Release Model – also known as the Oracle Model – chiropractors can clear up the confusion, help patients truly “see” the spine, and send them home with a better understanding of what they need to do to maintain better spinal health.
The Oracle Model’s dynamic design can demonstrate the set joint approximation and, with a simulated synovial fold, demonstrate the release with manipulation. It even makes an audible sound when distracted, for more emphasis on what a spinal manipulation can do to help this problem.
The Articular Release Model has a polished hyaline surface and a roughened hyaline surface as well so that patients can differentiate between the two. An optional detailed cauda equina is also available with this model as is DDD’s signature disk herniation under load, similar to the company’s popular Classic LxH model. In all, it’s a subluxation model that’s got everything a patient will need to understand what’s going on with their body.
Many chiropractors still use posters or perhaps digital illustrations to explain subluxations and the reasons chiropractic adjustments can help. While these 2-D models might be of some assistance, there’s nothing quite like holding a model in your hand while listening to an explanation of your subluxation.
Those who’ve used the Oracle Model note that something “clicks” when patients can twist, turn, squeeze, and otherwise manipulate the model, and because of that, they often become long-term patients and, hence, your business grows.
Long-time users of the Oracle understand that the time- tested, signature two-part dynamic disc allows them to demonstrate the relationship of intervertebral discs and the posterior elements in a credible, realistic, and interactive patient education tool that’s both affordable and long-lasting.