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Dr. Bea Heller has been trained and has successfully used VOM on many pets since 1999.

 Dr. Heller has helped dogs, cats, chinchillas, pigs and horses

This technology helped her Alaskan Husky, Odin jump again.  In 1999, at 6 months he was not yet able to jump into a van.  He was lifted into the van and driven to the training center in Arizona.  There, Dr. Heller and Dr. Inman gave him his first adjustment with VOM.  At age 2 he was x-rayed and it was found that both his hips had dysplasia!  The local vet suggested that he have both his hip replaced as he would probably not live very long with this disorder.  He was neutered to prevent his passing his genes on to another generation of puppies.

Yet, today he is still able to jump into the van and play and take hikes in the mountains.  Thank you so much Dr. Inman for giving him a very active and healthy life without surgery.  And for giving me the skills to help so many other animals live comfortably.

 

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).

The Animal Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) does not recognize veterinary chiropractic care or the AVCA for now.

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.

How can I get more information?

Yyou may find more information in related fields by investigating acupuncture, acupressure and classic manual veterinary chiropractic care.

 Somato-Visceral and Myofascial Release Techniques

Techniques and procedures for autonomic nerve related diseases.

bullet Complete technology and disease applications for Dogs, Cats, Horses and Birds
"Doctor, will you please adjust my dog, cat & horse?"

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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.

 

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Veterinary Myofascial Release (VMR) is a new technique
that has grown out of the VOM Technology.

The term "myofascia" refers to the muscle, "myo", and the connective tissue that surrounds and attaches the muscle, "fascia", hence, "Myofascial".

The release that is achieved with this technique is therapeutic on many levels:

  1. Primary reduction of subluxations
  2. Return muscles to normal tonus and function
  3. Enhance healing and recovery during VOM Therapy
  4. Strengthen and rehabilitate atrophied muscles
  5. Re-establish range of motion and posture
  6. Improve strength and performance

VMR was developed out of a desire to enhance the healing benefits of the VOM Treatment Technology. Specifically it was the skeletal muscle tension associated with subluxation that was being addressed.

It was found that there were lines of correction in the domestic animals that, if released with this technique,would allow the muscle and tendon fixations associated with subluxations to relax.

One of the goals of VOM subluxation reduction is to return the muscle to its original tone. It was found that VMR could easily accomplish this effect. At the same time, there is no trauma to the pet.

Previously, physical therapy was used to rehabilitate these muscles and tendons but the process was usually arduous and painful as it can sometimes be in the human. The animal does not understand why its limbs are being forced through painful ranges of motion and generally sees the whole process as unpleasant and therefore is uncooperative.

VMR contacts lines of correction in the domestic animal that releases these tensions and does it in seconds. There is absolutely no pain or discomfort to the patient. To release these areas, the practitioner has to treat the patient with several rapid-fire pulses, directed to specific sites.

These pulses have to be fast enough and with enough force that human hands and even the VOM Adjusting Device would not be effective. The pulses have be 5lb to 60lb and less than 20 milliseconds in duration. The pulses have to be as rapid as 10-15 per second. This is why VMR requires a special device

The Vetrostim™ Device

Adapted from human application in this field, the Vetrostim incorporates the parameters for Myofascial release as delineated above, but for the extended range that is needed in the veterinary field.

The device is non-traumatic to the patient and easy to use. It is essentially silent and this alone is a boon to the VOM practitioner that occasionally gets a patient that is sensitive to the sound that the VOM device makes.

The Vetrostim has a number of specialized heads that are easily changed for different applications. It is a hand-held device like the VOM Adjusting Device and delivers a complete range of healing pulses to the animal without any trauma to the hands and wrists of the practitioner.

The Vetrostim and its application in Veterinary Myofascial Release Technique is the future of muscular therapy in the domestic animal.

 

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Dr William Inman's recent publications:

Chiropractic and Cats
The Well Adjusted Cat by Daniel Kamen DC

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation -
A Diagnostic Technology That Precedes Clinical Disease.

Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
Aug/Sep 1999

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation and Diseases of the Giant k-9 Breeds
The Great Dane Reporter
August 11, 1999

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation -
Southwestern International Veterinary Symposium

San Antonio, TX, January 1999

 

 

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