homepage hour staff library treatment contact
Alternative Services



Healing Touch


Bach Flower Remedies


Traditional Chinese Medicine




VOM can routinely treat conditions such as:

Acute and non-acute 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!

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation is a healing technology that locates areas of the animals nervous system that have fallen out of communication, and re-establishes neuronal communication and thus induces healing.

VOM is simple, effective and safe.

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, a hybrid, and thus more effective than either by themselves.

VOM was developed by Wm. L. Inman BS, DVM, CVCP, in Seattle WA, in Dr. Inman's clinical practice from July of 1982 to date. Before Dr. Inman began using these non-invasive 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 taught 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 animalís subluxations will be overlooked if anatomical listings are used as a means to discover them.

The good news it 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 petís 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 is 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 animals natural reflexive resistance to adjustment is 20 milliseconds or 4 times faster. This demonstrates the need for patient relaxation and cooperation and is the reason that excellent techniques is imperative for success m using manual adjusting. Conversely the device fires at a rate of 2-4 milliseconds which is 5 — 10 times faster than the animals 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.

What to Expect

The Veterinary Chiropractitioner will do a "diagnostic pass" which entails him/her running the device down the pet's spine, search for pathological reads indicative of subluxations. The subluxations found will be recorded.
If significant subluxations are found and they correspond to the clinical disease presented, then a course of VOM treatment will be recommended.
An estimate may be generated and other procedures may be recommended and quoted such as blood work, x-ray, and other diagnostic tests.
A second VOM pass will be made (therapeutic pass) and the changes to the reading pattern will be noted. Your pet may be already showing signs of improvement.
A third VOM pass will usually be made, (second therapeutic pass) and that data evaluated. Most if not all of the reads may be reduced at this point.
Your pet may then be sent home or may be observed overnight by the clinician depending upon the nature of the case.
An appointment to return for readjustment will be made upon release and posts-adjustment instructions ill be given as to activity and potential discomfort that evening.
Some medicines may be dispensed depending on the clinician and the nature of the case.
A series of 3-5 readjustments may be needed to reach a point where no reads are found in which case the subluxation pattern is "cured".
Maintenance checks may be recommended ever 4-6 months to watch for reoccurrence.

After the adjustment you may see a response while your pet is on the examination table. It can be that fast. An experienced VPC may have treated cases who havenít walked for weeks, given up for dead, with one adjustment thrust and the pet stands and walks about the exam room. The average case will see some sort of positive response within the first week and commonly the entering clinical complaint will be gone within the first three adjustments giving the client the false security that the case is completed.

Cases that show no response within 1 month may not resolve toward a satisfactory solution. Cases that have had paralysis or lack of function for years or months may not respond well to VOM, however with VOM, it cannot hurt to try.

Follow-up appointments are necessary because the body has gotten used to functioning in a sort of state of out of communication and the nervous system has thrown up a nerve adaptation that allows some marginal level of function. The body develops a pseudo-memory of how it has "adapted". When the body is re-introduced to functioning correctly, that system wins out for a stretch of time until the nagging pseudo-memory of the neuronal adaptation re-expresses itself on the body again and the body slips "out of adjustment". Systematic readjustment on a succinct schedule then finally wins out over the pseudo-adaptive memory and further adjustments are not necessary.

Treatment failures fall into two categories:

• Neurological damage is extensive, significant and permanent (too much serious injury for too long).
• VOM treatment schedule not kept (most common cause of VOM failure and easiest to prevent).

For more information, you can visit their official website at: www.vomtech.com