A. What is VOM?

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation is a healing technology that locates areas of the animal’s nervous system that has fallen out of communication. VOM will assist in re-establishing neuronal communication and thus induces healing.

B. Is Veterinary Orthopedic manipulation Chiropractic Care?

No, VOM exists in between veterinary and chiropractic care. It has similarities to some of the chiropractic modalities and functions, by reducing subluxations and restoring function as is done is chiropractic care. A hand-held device is used which is a popular human chiropractic technique call “activator methods” but it is not to be confused with that technique. The differences between VOM and Chiropractic care are significant and distinct.

C. Why is VOM so Accurate?

Because VOM finds and reduces all neuronal subluxations. All neuronal subluxations have a pathological reflex demonstrably associated with them. A pathological reflex is like a knee jerk response. It is either there or it is not. It is an objective means to determine the presence and reductions of a neuronal subluxation. The pathological read is not “partially there”, “kind of there”, or “almost there” adding a factor of subjectivity to interpretation. VOM is a precisely objective science.

D. How it Works

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. Spinal Injury = Neuronal Subluxation Syndrome=Pathological Read Neuronal Subluxation + Motion (force) = Subluxation Reduced So if you put motion into a joint that is associated with a neuronal subluxation sign, (a pathological read), you reduce the subluxation. It is that simple. All the various types of chiropractic techniques have this motion or force into the subluxated joint in common. VOM delivers its force with a hand-held device called a spinal accelerometer. It looks a bit like a spring-loaded doorstep.

E. What Does the Hand-held Device Do to My Pet?

It reduces the subluxations present in the joints of your pet. It cannot create a subluxation in your pet. It can only flip the neuronal switches that are turned off to on; it cannot flip a switch off. It provides very accurate and precise motion to specific areas of the pet’s spine and if a subluxation is present it can detect and reduce it quickly and without pain or injury. It can confirm that the neuronal subluxation is reduced even if it is not associated with an anatomical listing.

F. Can the Device and VOM Harm My Pet?

NO! The beauty of the VOM Technology is that it provides the exact amount of force to the subluxated joint needed to reduce the subluxation without having to induce a lot of motion. It is motion (torsion, twisting, mass movement) that can potentially injure the pet. The device trades motion for speed to maintain the force needed to reduce the subluxation through Newton’s Second Law of Motion (FORCE=MASS X ACCERATION).

G. What Can VOM Treat?

VOM can be used to assist treatment/healing with most diseases by restoring neuronal function, that will decrease muscle spasms and pain that maintains the subluxation or by assisting in restoring blood flow to the internal organs that are compromised.

H. What Will Happen to My Pet?

The Veterinary Chiropractitioner will do a “diagnostic pass” which entails him/her running the activator down the pet’s spine, searching for pathological reads indicative of subluxations. The subluxations found will be recorded. If significant subluxations are found and they correspond to the clinical disease presented, then a course of VOM treatments will be recommended. A second VOM pass will be made called a therapeutic pass and the changes to the reading pattern will be noted. Your pet may already be showing signs of improvement. A third VOM pass will usually be made, which is a second therapeutic pass, and that data will be evaluated. Some medicines may be dispensed depending on the clinician and the nature of the case. A series of 3-5 adjustments may be needed to reach a point where no reads are found in which case the subluxation pattern is “cured”. Maintenance checks may be recommended every 4 to 6 months to watch for reoccurrence.

I. What Should I Expect as Results from VOM Treatments

You may see a response while your pet is on the examination table. It can be that fast. The average case will see some sort of positive response within the first week and commonly the entering clinical complaint will be gone within the first three adjustments giving the client the false security that the case is completed. Cases that show no response within 1 month may not resolve towards a satisfactory solution. Cases that have had paralysis or lack of function for years or months may not respond well to VOM, however, one does not know until you try.

J. Why do I Have to Come Back?

The body has gotten used to functioning in a sort of state out of communications and the nervous system has thrown up a nerve adaptation that allows some marginal level of function. The body develops a pseudo-memory of how it has “adapted”. When the body is re-introduced to functioning correctly, that system wins out for s stretch of time until the nagging pseudo-memory of the neuronal adaptation re-expresses itself on the body again and the body slips “out of adjustment”. Systematic readjustment on a succinct schedule then finally wins out over the pseudo-adaptive memory and further adjustments are not necessary.

K. Treatment Failures

Treatment Failures fall into two categories:
1. Neurological damage is extensive, significant and permanent (too much serious injury for too long).
2. VOM treatment schedule not kept (most common cause of VOM failure and easiest to prevent).

L. Veterinary Myofascial Release – VMR

Each VOM treatment will include a myofascial release massage with a devise called a Vetrostim. This will encourage relaxation of the paravertebral muscles. This relaxation will assist in allowing a long term reduction of the subluxation complex.

M. Treatment Plans with Myofascial Release - VOM/VMR


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