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Kelli Taylor, DVM, CAC, CVA

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What is chiropractic care?

 

Chiropractic care is a manual therapy, which can be used for many health and performance issues.  It was developed in the 19th century as a method of maintaining health and treating neurological and musculoskeletal dysfunction and their subsequent effects on the body.

 

Chiropractic care focuses on abnormal movements of the spine and the effects these restrictions have on the nervous system and the entire body.

 

The goal of chiropractic treatment is to maximize mobility and optimize nervous system function to allow unrestricted information exchange between the brain and all of the body's organs.

 

What is a vertebral subluxation complex (VSC)?

 

Chiropractors define a VSC as the limited mobility of adjoining vertebrae, and occasionally, their functional misaligment.

 

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. 

 

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 extremities, causing secondary restrictions and deterioration of the condition.


 

 

 

 

Common causes of VSCs:

 

*Trauma

*Performance

*Transportation

*Birthing difficulties

*Lack of movement

*Age

*Anesthetics/Sedatives

*Rider

*Saddle

*Shoes

 

 

 

 

Possible signs and symptoms of a VSC:

 

*Acute neck and back pain

*Reduced performance

*Reluctance to move, climb stairs, or jump onto raised areas

*Signs of pain when performing certain movements or being lifted

*Undefined lameness, ambling, or slow gait, worn down nails on one or more paws

*Hypersensitivity to touch

*Lick granuloma on legs or paws

*Abnormal posture/Altered sitting position

*The animal only lies on one side

*Recurrent digestive trouble

*Dripping urine or the inability to hold bowel movements

Chiropractic Treatment

 

If a VSC is present, the functional misaligment will be adjusted, restoring mobility to the joint.

 

The vertebral joints are adjusted with the doctors hands or fingers by making an extrememly quick and very precise thrust along the plane of the joints of the affected vertebrae.

 

Chiropractic care is a very specific and gentle treatment.  The aim of the treatment is to correct the VSCs in the spine and joints to positively affect the nervous system.  Unlike some other non-specific methods, chiropractic treatment does not overstretch ligaments; it works within the normal anatomical limits of the joint and it's supporting structures.