Christopher Kent, DC, JD

Christopher Kent graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1973. He joined the faculty and worked in the research department. In his role as principle investigator, he was invited to participate in the landmark conference at the National Institute of Health on The Research Status of Spinal Manipulative Therapy. Kent was one of 11 chiropractors invited to the conference.

Kent entered private practice in the 1980s and then developed objective measuring devises to monitor nerve interference associated with vertebral subluxation.

In 2001, Kent was elected chair of the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization Health Committee. In 2010, he founded the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation with Matthew McCoy, DC. Kent is president of the foundation. In 2016, he was named Director of Evidence Informed Curriculum and Practice at Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Some Articles by Dr. Kent

An Evidence-Informed Approach to Spinal Radiography in Vertebral Subluxation Centered Chiropractic Practice

Abstract: An evidence-informed approach to the use of radiography in the assessment of vertebral subluxation is described. Doctors of chiropractic are responsible for determining the safety and appropriateness of chiropractic care. This responsibility includes the detection and characterization of vertebral subluxations, congenital and developmental anomalies which may affect the selection of chiropractic techniques, and conditions which may contraindicate certain chiropractic adjusting methods. Furthermore, radiography may disclose conditions requiring referral to another type of health care provider. Indications for the use of spinal radiography in chiropractic practice are presented.

*AVSR – August 31, 2017

An Analysis of the General Chiropractic Council's Policy on Claims Made for the Vertebral Subluxation Complex


The United Kingdom’s regulatory body for the chiropractic profession recently issued a document on claims made for the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC), which states that the VSC is an historical concept not supported by any clinical research evidence that would allow claims to be made that it is the cause of disease or health concerns. The document goes on to provide “must” statements regarding beliefs, values, evidence based practice and advertising.

The GCC has resorted to a “straw man” fallacy in their Guidance document thereby misrepresenting others’ positions on the topic.  Clinical research evidence exists to support a nexus between vertebral subluxation and health concerns and evidence-based practice (EBP) is not limited to those interventions supported by randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Despite allusions to the contrary, subluxation-centered care and patient-centered care are not mutually exclusive and the suggestion that subluxation-centered chiropractors do not or cannot practice in an evidence-based model is another “straw man” fallacy.

The practice of imposing a more burdensome evidence standard on subluxation-centered chiropractors than on musculoskeletal/pain treatment oriented chiropractors, or medical practitioners, is unacceptable, discriminatory, and an application of the fallacy of “special pleading.” Despite the GCC’s contentions, vertebral subuxation is recognized by the World Health Organization and major chiropractic organizations worldwide, and manifestations of vertebral subluxation may be assessed utilizing reliable and valid examination procedures.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the management of vertebral subluxation is the chiropractic profession’s unique contribution to the healthcare system.

*Journal of Philosophy, Principles & Practice of Chiropractic – Volume 2011 

Models of Vertebral Subluxation: A Review

Abstract: Basic science and clinical models of the vertebral subluxation are reviewed. Neurobiological mechanisms associated with these models are described. Models reviewed include the subluxation complex model, subluxation degeneration, nerve compression, dysafferentation, the neurodystrophic model and segmental facilitation. Clinical models, including the segmental, postural, and tonal approaches are discussed.

*JVSR – Volume 1, Issue 1

Kent’s collection of articles was published in 2013 as Chiropractic Insights.

Also, Kent publishes a monthly audio magazine for chiropractors. On Purpose reviews the latest chiropractic literature each month and includes discussion and interviews.

Dr. Simon Senzon is featured quarterly. Many of their discussions are posted for TIC Members.

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