Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) is a healing technology which uses an activator device very similar to the arthrostim used by chiropractors to locate areas of the animal’s nervous system that have fallen out of communication, and re-establish normal communication. The body has an innate ability to heal itself, but when disease or injury breaks the communication from the central nervous system, the area of the body past that break suffers further degeneration and cannot heal. The disease or injury is ‘held in place’ and becomes chronic because of this break.VOM is one of the most simple, effective and safe healing technology that relatively simple to master and administer. It is non invasive and well tolerated by most pets and their owners and much more economically than the traditional way of healing which in many patients could involve expensive surgical procedures with long drawn out recoveries. It is also a great option for senior animals that may not be the best surgical candidates in the first place.The following is a list of conditions that have been routinely treated (and cured) or well managed with return to full function and comfort of the pet. The scope of this technology and what other conditions it can treat or help heal is huge and I believe we are just barely scratching the surface.
- Acute and non-acute lameness
- Progressive lameness
- Hip Dysplasia-like syndromes
- IV disc disease
- Progressive myelopathies (“down in the rears” dogs)
- Urinary and fecal incontinence
- Unilateral lameness
- Wobbler’s Disease
- Diseases of the knee
- Esophageal disease
- Increased of decreased GI mobility disease
- Digestive disorders
- Performance problems
- Behavioral problem
- Agility dysfunction
- Endocrine disease
- Many more
Vom is not the same as chiropractic care. It is similar to some of the chiropractic modalities in that it is able to reduce “subluxations” as is done in chiropractic care. It uses a hand-held device similar to what is used in a popular human chiropractic using the “Activator Methods” but it is not to be confused with that technique.The differences between VOM and Chiropractic care are significant and distinct. The practitioner does not have to move a joint or identify a subluxation before using the device. The use of the device itself does both identify a subluxation exists and treat that subluxation. Once communication is re-established, the body does its healing on its own.VOM is not animal chiropractic care and thus is not taught by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). However, the Animal Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) does not recognize veterinary chiropractic care or the AVCA for now either!!! May be because it could put a lot of surgeons out of business!
Dr. Inman, the pioneer and founder or the technology has formerly presented at the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Maine Veterinary Medical Association, and the German Shepherd Clubs of America, to name a few. Dr. Inman has taught the technique to thousands of veterinary practitioners (including yours truly) and chiropractors working on animals and remains a wealth of information and advice on specific cases and results. He also uses the erchonia cold laser system that we also now have at The Family Pet Hospital and teaches that technology to practitioners around the country.
I was trained by Dr. Inman in VOM about two years ago and laser about a year ago and have seen amazing results in cases where surgery was previously the only other option that I could offer. Using this technology along with the cold laser, although a little more expensive, make the results even more impressive. Now I am a firm believer in trying this first before more invasive surgery unless the situation is critical. Not only can it provide immediate relief and prompt return to good function but it can also save the owners a great deal of money and the pet a great deal of stress.
VOM is successful because it is able to find and reduce all neuronal subluxations. All neuronal subluxations have a pathological reflex demonstrably associated with them. A pathological reflex is like a knee jerk response which is either there or it is not. It is an objective means to determine the presence and reduction of neuronal subluxation. If it is there and it can be reduced, it will be. Some chronic subluxations may take longer to reduce or may never be completely reduced but the beneficial secondary reduction in pain and inflammation in the surrounding area allows other ‘held in place’ subluxations to be reduced, leading to an overall improved condition, function and health of the whole animal not just the ‘problem’ part.
All chiropractic techniques (veterinary and human) rely on the chiropractic “listing” to determine the presence of a subluxation. Through manual palpation a misplaced bone prominence or a taught and tender muscle may be discovered by a competent veterinary chiropractor whose patient is cooperative and relaxed. This is a listing, an anatomical subluxation sign, and almost always is indicative of a neuronal subluxation syndrome.
Unfortunately, only 40% of all neuronal subluxations produce palpable anatomical subluxation signs. The good news is that all neuronal subluxations produce “pathological reads”, and all these reads are obvious and easy to discover and reduce.
The goal of an adjustment in an animal is that all the vertebral subluxations in that animal are reduced. This takes a series of adjustments performed in according to a schedule with time intervals sufficient to allow the body to start healing and build memory in the newly adjusted state. Fast, easy,very effective.
All chiropractic modalities have one thing in common in that they all reduce the vertebral subluxation complex by providing motion or force to the fixated or subluxated joint.
So, if you put motion into a joint that is associated with a neuronal subluxation, you reduce the subluxation. It is that simple.
VOM delivers this motion with a hand-held device, an activator. This is much faster and accurate than using hands to provide the motion. The speed makes it very easy to use in an animal that may not always be standing perfectly still or be 100% cooperative.
VOM can be used in horses and large animals as well. All the reads we see in the dog and the cat are magnified in the horse. Areas usually devoid of subluxations in the shoulder areas of dogs and cats are hot spots in the equine. Dr. Valas has been trained on the use of this technique in horses and is happy to provide this service to any of her clients or client’s friends.
If you think your pet may be a candidate for VOM, do not hesitate to call our practice for a FREE initial consultation. Your pet’s comfort and health is our first priority!