Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) is a noninvasive and nonpainful way to dramatically minimize the effects of spinal cord dysfunction. VOM is another treatment modality for the spinal cord directly, thus helping all of the organs in the body. The goal of VOM is to treat a functional defect of a joint in the spinal column, which causes neurologic signs or pain that may not be visualized on an x-ray. This defect can cause mobility problems, swelling, inflammation and pain. The first thing we do is try to determine where in the spinal canal nerve dysfunction is occurring. Every pet that is presented for a health problem should have a physical exam to determine if VOM is right for them.

Why would my pet need VOM?

The negative forces that caused the spinal dysfunction in the first place can be created by trauma and other environmental exposures. Most pets have had some form of trauma to their spinal canal – even at a very young age. It can come in the form of playing frisbee, jumping off or onto something, general play, “rough-housing” or excessive running. For some pets just going down the stairs might be the biggest predisposing factor to subluxation.

How does VOM work?

In VOM we counteract nerve dysfunction buy “re-setting” the joint with a gentle and painless force. We are counteracting all of the negative forces that have been built up on the spinal canal and its nerve roots over a period of time. The nerves in that area can begin acting normally again, which increases blood flow to the affected muscles.

How do you do VOM on my pet?

The device used in VOM is called an activator (spinal accelerometer). This device fires a very fast and concise force to the subluxated vertebrae. The fast speed of the activator, combined with its small mass, allows us to administer a concise force only to the problem area. Since there is no pain involved, anesthesia is not needed. We will initially make a diagnostic pass with the activator to determine where a subluxation is present. Then we will make two more treatment passes. The activator is placed directly over the dorsal vertebral process (the ridge along the top of their back).

Does VOM hurt?

No. You will hear a ‘click’ sound and may see your pet respond to the noise of the activator. Remember, this is a non-painful and noninvasive procedure.

How many treatments does my pet need?

The typical dog takes a total of 5 to 6 adjustments and in the cat it takes 4 to 5. These pets should be treated until there are no more reads. Our goal is to affect a cure, and then treat only once every 3 to 6 months to maintain the cure.