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.