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ID 24508
  Title Subluxation and semantics: A corpus linguistics study
Journal J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2016 Jun;60(2):Online access only p 190–194
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article

Introduction: The purpose of this study was to analyze the curriculum of one chiropractic college in order to discover if there were any implicit consensus definitions of the term subluxation.

Methods: Using the software WordSmith Tools, the corpus of an undergraduate chiropractic curriculum was analyzed by reviewing collocated terms and through discourse analysis of text blocks containing words based on the root ‘sublux.’

Results: It was possible to identify 3 distinct concepts which were each referred to as ‘subluxation:’ i) an acute or instantaneous injurious event; ii) a clinical syndrome which manifested post-injury; iii) a physical lesion, i.e. an anatomical or physiological derangement which in most instances acted as a pain generator.

Conclusions: In fact, coherent implicit definitions of subluxation exist and may enjoy broad but subconscious acceptance. However, confusion likely arises from failure to distinguish which concept an author or speaker is referring to when they employ the term subluxation.

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Introduction : Le but de cette étude était d’analyser le programme d’études d’un collège de chiropratique afin de découvrir s’il y avait des définitions consensuelles implicites du terme subluxation.

Méthodologie : Un corpus d’un programme de premier cycle en chiropratique a été analysé à l’aide du logiciel WordSmith Tools, en examinant les termes cooccurrents et par une analyse du discours de blocs de texte contenant des mots dont la racine est « sublux ».

Résultats : Il a été possible d’identifier 3 concepts distincts chacun décrit comme « subluxation » :’ i) un événement dommageable aigu ou instantané; ii) un syndrome clinique qui se manifeste après une blessure; iii) une lésion physique, c.-à-d. un trouble anatomique ou physiologique qui, dans la plupart des cas, a agi comme un générateur de douleur.

Conclusions : Des définitions implicites et cohérentes du terme subluxation existent et sont largement, quoique subconsciemment, acceptées. La confusion se pose probablement de l’absence de distinction entre les concepts faite par les auteurs ou conférenciers lorsqu’ils emploient le terme subluxation.

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