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What is a Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC)?

Chiropractors define a VSC (referred to as a “subluxation”) as the functional misalignment of a vertebra or the limited mobility of its facet joints.


Reduced mobility between two vertebrae can affect the nerves that leave the spinal cord between these adjacent vertebrae.   


Negative alteration in the nerve’s function can lead to interference in the flow of stimuli or information, which is necessary for smooth coordination of body functions and muscle contractions.                                   


An animal with a subluxation will change its posture to compensate for the restricted mobility of its spine and to avoid pain. This triggers increased mechanical strain on other parts of the spine and extremity joints, causing secondary restrictions and deterioration of the condition.

Symptoms of a VSC

  • Reduced performance
  • Abnormal posture
  • Lameness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle weakness and atrophy
  • Only lying on one side
  • Disobedience in jumping
  • Abnormal licking (lick granuloma)
  • Change in behavior

Common Causes of VSC

  • Trauma:  Caused by falls, trips, slips and especially repetitive micro trauma
  • Conformation/structure: Long backed, straight stifles/hocks etc.
  • Birthing and birthing difficulties
  • Lack of movement
  • Performance
  • Age: As age increases the effects of previous small and/or large traumas to the spine become more apparent
  • Management: Confinement, diet and exercise
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