Veterinary orthopedic manipulation (VOM) is a healing technique for dogs, cats, horses and other animals that re-establishes normal nervous system communications in a variety of disease and injured states.

In addition to lameness, hip dysplasia and knee disorders, VOM is an effective treatment for problems of the digestive, urinary and endocrine systems, urinary and fecal incontinence and performance and behavior issues.

What are Subluxations and how do they relate to disease and injury?

Virtually every system of the animal’s body is affected by nervous system connections. Misalignments or “subluxations” are often the underlying cause of disease processes and the reason for failure to heal from injuries. VOM relies on the animal’s innate ability for self healing. It is a precise science for accurately finding, reducing and confirming 100% of neuronal subluxations. VOM is a safe, highly effective and easily applied technology that totally eliminates human error from manual palpation and is effective regardless of the animal’s state of relaxation.

How is VOM different from Chiropractic?

VOM is not to be confused with chiropractic care that also seeks to restore function through the reduction of subluxations. Unlike VOM, chiropractic treatment relies on manual palpation and a cooperative and relaxed patient to accurately detect and treat “subluxations.” Because of a failure to identify all “pathological reads” associated with subluxations, chiropractic can be expected to detect only 40% of subluxations. VOM on the other hand, easily identifies all “pathological reads” that produce subluxations and provides a fast, effective way to reduce them for optimum healing to occur. Unlike manual chiropractic where 50% of domestic animals can be expected to cooperate, VOM delivers 100% adjustments regardless of position, temperament or tension in the animal. Adding to the effectiveness of VOM technology is a built-in rescheduling protocol. This inserts the patient on a self-regulating readjustment interval.

How is VOM applied?

Subluxation is reduced through the application of motion in an affected joint. In VOM, this motion or force is applied with a hand-held device called a spinal accelerometer that looks like a spring-loaded doorstop.

Is VOM safe?

VOM only works on detected subluxations by turning on neuronal switches on that are turned off. It cannot work in reverse and turn a switch off. In the over 35,000 documented animal adjustments, no animal has been injured with the accelerometer. This includes pets with fractures, tumors and acute spinal diseases. The speed of the spinal accelerometer is 5-10 times faster than an animal’s ability to resist adjustment.

What are common problems where VOM is routinely used for treatment?

  • Lameness
  • Hip dysplasia syndromes
  • IV disc disease
  • Progressive myelopathies (in dogs’ rears)
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Wobblers’ disease
  • Diseases of the knees
  • Diseases of the esophagus
  • Digestive disorders
  • Endocrine diseases
  • Performance problems
  • Behavioral problems
  • Agility problems
  • Many more

Is VOM supported by veterinary organizations?

Among organizations that formally recognize VOM are the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Maine Veterinary Medical Association, the German Shepherd Clubs of America and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association in Washington State, to name a few. Because VOM is not animal chiropractic care, it is not taught or recognized as an approved treatment by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).

What treatment results can be expected from VOM?

It is quite possible for you to see a response while your pet is on the examination table. Practitioners experienced in VOM have successfully treated cases who haven’t walked for weeks and been given up for dead. In some cases, it has happened that the pet stood up and walked out of the examination room after a single adjustment trust from VOM. In general, pet owners can expect to see some sort of positive response within the first week after treatment. Often the clinical complaint is eliminated within the first three adjustment sessions. Animals with long term paralysis or lack of function may not respond well to VOM but it is worth a trial. Treatment failures are most often due to extensive permanent neurological damage and/or a failure of the pet owner to keep scheduled VOM treatment appointments.

How many VOM sessions will my pet require?

The VOM series consists of an initial session and 3-5 readjustments to reach a point where no pathological reads for subluxations are found. Treatment is concluded when the subluxation pattern is “cured.” When treatment is concluded, maintenance checks are recommended every 4-6 months to observe for reoccurrence.

What happens to my pet during VOM treatment?

  • “diagnostic pass” is done by running the spinal accelerometer device down the pet’s spine. This detects “pathological reads” that indicate the presence of subluxations. These are recorded by the instrument.
  • A “therapeutic pass” is done with the same instrument and changes to the reading pattern are noted. Signs of improvement may be present.
  • A second “therapeutic pass” is done and the data is evaluated. Most if not all of the abnormal reads may be reduced at this stage.
  • Your pet will be scheduled for a follow up appointment and you will receive post adjustment instructions related to activity and possible temporary discomfort that may be present for a short time. Bicom treatment and medicines may be given to reduce these transient effects.

Will my pet require other testing and holistic treatments?

When significant subluxations are detected that are contributing to the animal’s clinical problem, a course of VOM treatment will be recommended in combination with Bicom therapy and other diagnostic testing and holistic treatments.

Can VOM be used for horses and how does it differ from dogs and cats?

VOM can be an effective treatment for horses. Treatment of horses however is somewhat different than in dogs and cats. All the subluxation “pathological reads” seen in dogs and cats using VOM are magnified in horses. Subluxations in the shoulder area of horses, generally absent in dogs and cats, are hot spots in equines.