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Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation in San Diego

Veterinary orthopedic manipulation (VOM) is a healing technology that locates areas of the animal’s nervous system that have fallen out of communication, and re-establishes neuronal communication and thus induces healing.
VOM is simple, effective and safe, and can routinely treat conditions such as:
  • Acute and nonacute lameness
  • Progressive lameness
  • Hip dysplasia-like syndromes
  • IV disc disease
  • Progressive myelopathies (“down in the rears” dogs)
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Unilateral lameness
  • Wobbler's disease
  • Diseases of the knee
  • Esophageal disease
  • Increased or decreased GI mobility disease
  • Digestive disorders
  • Performance problems
  • Behavioral problems
  • Ability dysfunction
  • Endocrine disease
  • And many more!
VOM exists in between veterinary medicine and chiropractic care. It has similarities to some of the chiropractic modalities and functions by restoring function by reducing "subluxations" as is done in chiropractic care. It uses a hand-held device that is used in popular human chiropractic technique called "activator methods," but it is not to be confused with that technique. The differences between VOM and chiropractic care are significant and distinct.
VOM exists in a gray area between both professions (veterinary and chiropractic) and benefits from the positive aspects of both – it is a hybrid, and thus more effective than either approach by themselves.
Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation | South San Diego Veterinary Hospital
VOM was developed by William L. Inman BS, DVM, CVCP, in Seattle, Washington, in Dr. Inman's clinical practice from July 1982 to date. Before Dr. Inman began using these noninvasive techniques, he was an accomplished veterinary surgeon and still consults in veterinary surgery. His vacillation to VOM from surgery reflects his frustration in ineffective surgical solutions to common veterinary medical problems.
VOM is accurate because the technique 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 reduction of neuronal subluxation.
All chiropractic techniques (veterinary and human) rely on the chiropractic "listing" to determine the presence of a subluxation. Through manual palpation, a misplaced bone prominence or a taut and tender muscle may be discovered by a competent veterinary chiropractor whose patient is cooperative and relaxed. This is a listing, an anatomical subluxation sign, and almost always is indicative of a neuronal subluxation syndrome. Unfortunately, only 40% of all neuronal subluxations produce palpable anatomical subluxation signs. This means over half of all the animal’s subluxations will be overlooked if anatomical listings are used as a means to discover them.
The good news is that all neuronal subluxations produce "pathological reads," and all these reads are obvious and easy to discover and reduce. The goal of an adjustment in an animal is all the vertebral subluxations in that animal are reduced. Subluxation reduction based on anatomical listings will get approximately half of the total neurological subluxations present in the animal. Subluxation reduction based on pathological reads will get them all, and will verify they have been reduced. Fast, easy, effective.
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 or 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 doorstop.
The hand-held device used for VOM reduces the subluxations present in the joint of your pet. It cannot create a subluxation in your pet. It can only flip the neuronal switches that are turned off, 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.
VOM cannot harm your pet. 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 endure a lot of motion. Our hands are too slow. The fastest an excellent veterinary chiropractor can move a joint under optimum conditions and patient cooperation is 80 milliseconds. The animal’s natural reflexive resistance to adjustment is 20 milliseconds, or four times faster. This demonstrates the need for patient relaxation and cooperation and is the reason that excellent technique is imperative for success using manual adjusting. Conversely, the device fires at a rate of 2-4 milliseconds, which is five to 10 times faster than the animal’s ability to resist adjustment. The patient is always adjusted, every time, all the time, whether they want to be or not, in any position, attitude or mood.
VOM is so successful because it locates all the neuronal subluxations present in the animal, regardless of whether clinical listings are present, and reduces them and confirms the reduction. Inherent in the VOM technology is a built-in rescheduling protocol that inserts the patient on a self-regulating readjustment interval. Again, an easy, objective science.

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