Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (V.O.M.)
What is V.O.M.?
Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (V.O.M.) is a non-invasive procedure that locates areas of the animal’s nervous system that have “fallen out of communication” and helps re-establish that connection through reduction of “subluxations”, using a hand-held adjusting device.
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is a misalignment of the spinal cord that can affect the nerve and blood supply to associated muscles and organs, leading to decreased function, discomfort and muscle spasms.
How does the hand-held device work?
V.O.M. provides a very accurate, precise force to a specific area of the spine. If a subluxation is present, it can detect and reduce it quickly without excessive motion, which causes pain and may lead to further injury.
The fastest an exceptionally skilled chiropracter can move a joint, under optimum conditions and with patient cooperation, is 80 milliseconds (ms). The animal’s natural reflexive resistance to adjustment is 20ms (4 times faster). Hence the need for a relaxed and cooperative patient and flawless technique when using manual adjustment. Conversely, the hand-held device can adjust the joint in 2-4 milliseconds, 5-10 times faster than the animal’s ability to resist adjustment.
How is V.O.M. performed?
Your doctor is trained in V.O.M. During the first treatment, the doctor will explain the process and demonstrate the technique. During the first pass of the device down your pet’s spine, the doctor will be watching for “reads” (reflex flinching) indicative of subluxations, and the pattern will be noted. A second and third pass will be made and changes to the reading pattern will be noted. A special procedure called Myofacial Release (MFR) designed to treat muscle spasms secondary to the sublxations will be performed following the final adjustment.
Are repeat treatments necessary?
Yes. Most of the reads may be reduced following the final pass of the first treatment, but a body that has adapted to a compromised state develops a false memory of this adaptation. Following an adjustment, the correction holds until this pseudo-memory re-expresses itself and the body “slips out” of adjustment. Systematic readjustment on a succinct schedule can overcome this pseudo-memory.
What should I expect from V.O.M.?
The average pet will show some positive response within one week of the initial treatment. With new injuries, the problem is often resolved after 3 or 4 adjustments. Pets that have shown signs for months or years may require ongoing treatment (ie. monthly adjustments) to maintain a reasonable level of comfort and function. Cases that show no response within one month probably won’t benefit from further treatments.