Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM)
What is VOM?
It is a healing technology that
locates areas of the animals nervous system that are blocked due to a spinal subluxation. A subluxation results when a spinal
bone loses their normal position or motion, which results in nervous system dysfunction due to nerve impingement which may
result in altered health and/or pain. VOM re-establishes neuronal communication and thus induces healing.
History and Development of VOM.
VOM was developed by William
Inman, DVM in Seattle, Washington, while in clinical practice in 1982. Dr. Inman is an accomplished surgeon and began using
these non-invasive techniques in his practice because he was frustrated at times with the ineffective use of medications and
surgical solutions to common veterinary medical problems.
By using a hand held device called a spinal accelerator or activator, this
device delivers its force to the subluxated vertebra thereby reducing the subluxations by providing motion into the fixated
or subluxated joint and by taking pressure off the spinal nerve. It looks like a spring-loaded doorstop. This device and method
of spinal adjusting was developed by Arlan Fuhr, D.C. It provides a 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 without pain or injury to your pet.
What Will Happen to My Pet?
After a thorough consultation, Dr. Wasserman will evaluate your pets gait, do a chiropractic orthopedic and neurological
exam, and palpate the spine and associated surrounding soft tissues. Then he will run the activator device down the pets spine
called a diagnostic VOM pass and search for pathological reads that indicate subluxations. The subluxations are found, recorded,
and adjusted. A series of adjustments over a certain time period may be needed to reach a point where no reads are found in
which the subluxation pattern is reduced and your pet’s condition is improved. The average case will see some sort of
positive response within the first week.
Can the Device
and VOM Harm My Pet?
No, No, No!!! The beauty of VOM is that it provides the exact
amount of force to the subluxated joint needed to reduce the subluxation without having to involve body motion. There
is no torsion, twisting, or mass movement in VOM as in manual adjusting techniques. Manual techniques are slow and
the animals natural reflex is to resist that kind of adjustment. VOM requires minimal cooperation and relaxation from the
pet and can be adjusted in most any position, attitude, or mood.
VOM Always Work?
No. Treatment failures occur when: neurological damage is too extensive
and permanent (too much serious injury for too long), and when the VOM treatment schedule in not kept for your pet.
What will It Cost?
will generate an estimate for you including projected costs.
Many Adjustments Will it Take?
The answer is simple, as many adjustments as necessary
to eliminate the joint dysfunction, nerve irritation, and allow the innate healing power of the pets body to keep it stable.
Low Level Laser
addition to the adjustment/VOM, your doctor may recommend laser therapy. Laser is a non-thermal laser which is capable of penetrating deep into tissue, promoting the process known as photobiostimulation.
This increases the rate of cellular metabolism, which increases cellular repair and stimulates the immune, lymphatic and vascular
systems, thus helping to reduce pain, inflammation, edema and healing times.