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What is a Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC)?

Chiropractors define a VSC (referred to as a “subluxation”) as the limited mobility of adjoining vertebrae, and occasionally, their functional misalignment.

 If a restriction is present, the spine loses its normal mobility. This can lead to stiffness, muscle tension, pain and impairment of performance ability. Restricted movement between two vertebrae can also affect the spinal nerves. These nerves exit from the spinal cord between the vertebrae and should provide an unrestricted flow of information between the brain, muscles, skin and all other organs.


A disrupted flow of information causes poor coordination and/or dysfunction in organs (such as the heart or digestive system).

Some subluxations cause only slight impairments where the animal may be less mobile, active or playful. Increased sensitivity to touch in certain areas of the body can also be a sign of disturbed nerve function. VSCs can cause noticeable impairment in the performance of sporting, racing, and hunting dogs.

 An animal with a subluxation will change it 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.


Possible signs and symptoms of a VSC

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