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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jake and VOM

About 5 or 6 years ago when Teddy had a Femoral Head Osteotomy I was 2010-10-09 11.07.23introduced to a healing technology by my veterinarian call VOM.  A practitioner would come to Great Lakes Vet and over the years all of my dogs have had treatments.  (all meaning Teddy, Ari, Olivia, Tori, Kobie, Brita and now Jake)  Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation was developed by William Inman in the 1980s and 1990s and uses devices I have yet to understand much less explain to others.  Thus the reason for this post!  When I would tell people about the treatment it went something like this… 

“They take a little d2010-10-09 11.07.51evice and go down the back 3 times writing things down and then they take another thing with two things and go down the back and then they…. oh..  I don’t even understand what I’m saying – I’ll just send you the information!”

I met Nancy Selgrad at a Schutzhund trial a year or so ago and saw that she was doing the same treatment as what I had done on my dogs in the past.  After Jake had his surgery I decided to call her for an appointment and this last time with her permission taped some of treatment and took some pictures with my phone. 

So off we went to Rosendale.  It was a beautiful day and we were able to do the treatment on her front porch as we had during the summer. On the way to the house, Jake had to say hello to the horses and check out the cat he was introduced to on a previous visit.  I think you can see by the photos how content he is having Nancy work on him.  It was 6 months after his surgery and due to a growth spurt he was starting to sit and walk crooked.  After a few VOM treatments and some stretching at home his back has straightened and he sits straight again.

Would I recommend this treatment?  Of course!  I wouldn't be writing this if I didn't!   Is Nancy the best?  Well again, would I be writing this if I didn't think she wasn't?  She has a gentleness with animals and more than a physical connection. As she worked on Jake I could see that he was communicating mentally with her.  Our dogs communicate with us all the time but it's the rare person who actually listens.  Nancy listens. 
Here is a slide show of the pictures I took during the visit.
Here is a short video of the treatment with some explanation.


.For more information...  go to .....the VOM lady....

WM. L. Inman–VOM Originator

William Inman DVM, CVCP

VOM was developed by William L. Inman BS, BS, DVM, CVCP, in Seattle, WA, in Dr. Inman's clinical practice from July of 1982 to 1996. It continues to be enhanced and perfected due to the input of over 6700 practitioners worldwide who have taken the VOM Technology training.

VOM has and will continue to be a healing technology by the clinical practitioner, for the clinical practitioner and is continually re-inventing itself. through the applications and innovations of the over 6700 practitioners Dr. Inman has trained.  It is a dynamic work in progress.

In 1996 he began teaching the VOM, VMR, Somato-Visceral, and Myofascial Release fulltime in lieu of clinical practice. Currently he is not licensed in any jurisdiction and limits his efforts to teaching only. He does not consult on specific cases as that infers clinical practice.

He is the founder and head of the International Association of Veterinary Chiropractitioners (IAVCP). The IAVCP is the largest animal adjusting organization in the world.

In 2003 he developed an animal application of Cold Laser Therapy called:Veterinary Low Level Laser Therapy.

Before Dr. Inman started using these non-invasive techniques, he was an accomplished veterinary surgeon and conventional practitioner.

He was awarded a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979, where he graduated with Honors (Cum Laude) , Phi Beta Kappa.  and Alpha Psi, (national veterinary scholastic honors).

His vacillation to VOM from surgery and conventional care reflects his frustration in ineffective solutions to common veterinary medical problems.

VOM was developed in a vacuum, meaning it was developed with a trial and error approach in a clinical setting without input from other sources. Dr. William Inman has been the sole source of the VOM Technology.

The body of the VOM Technology is the culmination of information gleaned from over 35,000 patients treated for clinical disease.

Dr. Inman has taught in excess of 6700 practitioners throughout the U.S. in a seminar series that is presented in five modules.

Unlike AVCA certification and instruction that takes 150 hours and five modules to complete, a veterinary Chiropractitioner (VCP) can adequately apply VOM after a "VOM Small Animal Module One" seminar attended in their home town in a weekend, However five modules are recommended and are delivered in a long three-day weekend.

Click here for more information about William Inman and VOM.

Return to Jake's VOM treatment post.

What is VOM

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) is a healing technology that locates areas of the animal's nervous system that has fallen out of communication, and re-establishes neuronal communication and thus induces healing.
VOM is singularly the most simple, effective and safe healing modality in veterinary care to date. For the VOM practitioner it is an exquisitely objective, fast and easy to apply technology that takes a minimum amount of time to master and whose scope of application appears has yet to be fully appreciated.

What can VOM treat?

    Routinely treated are conditions such as:
    1. Acute and non-acute lameness
    2. Progressive lameness
    3. Hip Dysplasia-like syndromes
    4. IV disc disease
    5. Progressive myelopathies ("down in the rears" dogs)
    6. Urinary and fecal incontinence
    7. Unilateral lameness
    8. Wobbler's Disease
    9. Diseases of the knee
    10. Esophageal disease
    11. Increased of decreased GI mobility disease
    12. Digestive disorders
    13. Performance problems
    14. Behavioral problem
    15. Agility dysfunction
    16. Endocrine disease
    17. Many more

      Is Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) chiropractic care?

No! 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 a 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 is not animal chiropractic care and thus is not taught by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). VOM is not recognized by the AVCA (the AVCA does not recognize anything it does not teach).
Dr Inman has formerly presented at with American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Maine Veterinary Medical Association, and the German Shepherd Clubs of America, to name a few.

Why is VOM so accurate?

VOM is so accurate because it 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. The pathological read is not "partially there", "kinda there", or "almost there" adding a factor of subjectivity to interpretation. VOM is a precisely objective science.

Chiropractic "Listings"
vs.
VOM "Pathological Reads"

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 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.

How it works

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 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. It looks a bit like a spring-loaded doorstop.

Your VOM practitioner has extensive references covering the research investigating the principles portrayed above and can provide them upon request. These references are replete in chiropractic journals.

Is VOM an animal version of Activator Methods, a human chiropractic technology
using the hand-held device?

No. Activator Methods developed by Arlan Fuhr D.C. uses the spinal accelerometer and relies exclusively on listings demonstrated by leg length checks which are anatomical subluxation signs.

Why is VOM so successful?

Because VOM locates all the neuronal subluxations present in the animal regardless of whether clinical listings are present and reduces them and confirms their 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.

How can VOM be that easy?

Why not? Who says that a healing modality has to be complicated, difficult and expensive? Who says it should take hundreds of hours to learn and perfect?
A technology that goes to the root of the problem, a simple technology that relies on the animal's innate ability to heal itself, one that re-establishes communication with the pet's ability to heal itself, will be easy, powerful and effective.

Is VOM effective on horses?

You bet! All the reads we see in the dog and the cat are magnified in the horse. Areas usually devoid of subluxations in the shoulder areas of dogs and cats are hot spots in the equine.

Many of the AVCA-trained veterinary chiropractors have taken the VOM Seminar will choose to use the device to locate all the subluxations and then proceed to manually adjust the horse using the AVCA techniques.

Why haven't I heard of the
VOM Technology before?

Because it works!

That may not make sense at first, but consider this: if the VOM Technology does what it appears to do, it makes a lot of techniques, surgeries and medications obsolete.

The professionals that provide those techniques, surgeries and medications will be placed in academic and financial jeopardy. These are the people that control publications in the field and control licensure and applications. AKA politics.

Click here for more information about William Inman and VOM.

Return to Jake's VOM treatment post.

The Devices

What does the hand-held device do to my pet?

The device reduces the subluxations present in the joints 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.

Can the device and VOM harm my pet?

NO! NO! NO!

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 induce a lot of motion.

It is motion that can potentially injure the animal: torsion, twisting, mass movement, etc. inherent in manual adjusting techniques. The device trades motion for speed to maintain the force needed to reduce the subluxation through Newton's Second Law of Motion (FORCE=MASS X ACCELERATION).

In over 35,000 animal adjustments including pets with fractures, tumors and acute spinal diseases, the animal has yet to be injured with the "device". (NOTE: Sometimes the adjustments may cause some minor pain or discomfort but does not produce enough movement to cause injury).

Why not just use your hands like
other Veterinary Chiropractors?

Because 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 4 times faster. This demonstrates the need for patient relaxation and cooperation and is the reason that excellent techniques is imperative for success using manual adjusting. Conversely, the device fires at a rate of 2-4 milliseconds, which is 5-10 times faster than the animal's ability to resist adjustment. The patient is always adjusted, every time, all the time, whether they want to or not, in any position, attitude or mood.

Can the same device be used on horses
and small animals alike?

Yes. In fact, the device allows the veterinary chiropractor to set the amount of force he or she would like to apply to the animal. Sometimes, depending on the size and weight of the horse, the practitioner may want to consider using a device specifically designed to treat the equine called the Equine Adjusting Tool, or E.A.T. This tool was developed by Dr. William Inman in order to deliver adequate force to these larger animals.
VOM Dual Adjusting Device

The VOM Dual Adjusting device is the basic tool in the VOM Diagnostic and Treatment Technology and Veterinary Neurologic Adjustment Procedures. It can be used on all animals from a parakeet to a draft horse and delivers exacting forces from 0.0lb to 93.5 lb/millisecond. This sturdy device can last for tens of thousands of cases and pays for itself the first time it is used.

VOM Adjusting Tool

The Veterinary Neurologic Adjusting Tool was developed to replace and enhance the applications of the hand-held devices. It increase the force needed to adjust certain areas of the domestic animals. Although the VOM Adjusting Devices can be used on the horse, it was found that complete diagnosis and treatment in most horses required more force and the Equine Adjusting Tool (no longer offered) was created. The Dual Tool, (see above) was created to replace both of them, and the VNA Tool can deliver 0.0-93.3 lb of force in half the time as the Dual Tool. It has a very accurate dial on the end that exactly selects the force needed to treat all animals. It  effectively replaces the Dual tool and all hand-held devices for animal adjusting. It has the advantage of firing in 1/2 the time of the other tools and benefits from increased sensitivity in the diagnostic phase. It requires electrical current, can be used off a car battery with an inverter. It can be fired thousands of times as fast as the practitioner can squeeze the trigger, all day long, This device is not only faster and more accurate than other devices, but it eliminates wrist and hand strain caused by the non-electric devices. Practitioners who try this tool never use their other hand-held adjustors unless in a back up capacity.

The Vetrostim™

The Vetrostim™ adjusting device is used exclusively in Veterinary Myofascial Release Technique. It is an electrically powered adjusting tool with a range from zero to 60 lb of thrust. It is microadjustable and has several treatment heads for various treatment techniques. This device is FDA approved and guaranteed for 17 years. The Vetrostim device can be used in place of all the adjusting devices used in the VOM Treatment Techniques and is also applicable to the VOM Diagnostic Techniques.

Click here for more information about William Inman and VOM.

Return to Jake's VOM treatment post.

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