Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM)
A Diagnostic Technology That Precedes Clinical Disease.
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What is Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation?
Over the past 18 years and represented by over 45,000 clinical cases (on file and available on computer) the patterns for over 250 disease conditions have been recognized and tested for reliability.
The Misunderstood Subluxation Definition
The application of chiropractic principles of care involve the reduction of subluxations present in the neurological make -up of the pet.
therefore by default, a bone that was partially out of joint was then ermed to be “subluxated”. This can be seen (and usually is) on x-ray. This is an incorrect definition.
2. Chiropractic-Straight Definition
Classic chiropractors choose to use a definition of subluxation that describes pressure or trauma to the peripheral nerve and the effects that trauma has caused or is causing.
3. Chiropractic-Mixed Definition
A newer interpretation of subluxation is defined by another group of chiropractors as a phenomenon of neuronal interference that leads disease states. These neuronal interferences are housed in the facilitated segments of the spinal canal and are treated there.
4. VOM Definition
The VOM definition is one that agrees most with #3 above. The location of the subluxation phenomenon is not the nerve or the bone, but it is the neuronal interference that exists at the interneuron of the dorsal horn of the facilitated spinal segment.
It cannot be seen on x-ray, cannot be imaged by ultrasound or MRI, but can be readily demonstrated with the application of a simple diagnostic protocol using a hand-held device.
Radiographic evidence of the effects of the subluxation phenomenon can be evaluated grossly and on x-ray only 40% of the time.
Palpation as a Diagnostic Technique
For years, manual palpation has been used to determine the effects of subluxation through recognition of bony distractions, taught or tender fibers, or limited range-of -motion.
makes this approach more subjective than the objective VOM Diagnostic Technology.
Manual Palpation vs. VOM Reads
It is important to differentiate the difference between manual adjusting motion and the force delivered by the device. The former is too slow to demonstrate the reflexive reads. The device thrust will always demonstrate the pathological read if present. Manual techniques cannot be used for diagnosis using pathological reflexes.
A hand-held device called a spinal accelerometer is used to illicit pathological reflexes in all quadrupeds. It looks like a mechanical doorstopper and makes a very low motion, very high-speed pulse (1-4 milliseconds).
VOM Pathological Reads
The VOM reads seen by eliciting a reflexive response with a spinal adjusting device are seen in every case of neuronal subluxation. They are called Neurological Subluxation Sign (NSS). It is this means of detecting 100% of all subluxations and evaluation of their reduction by ablation of these reads. This is the basis of the VOM Technology, diagnosis and treatment.
Application to Disease Processes and Diagnosis
In every musculoskeletal disease that we see in veterinary medicine today, we can see a distinct pattern of subluxation as portrayed by specific diagnostic reads.
Site of Subluxation
The location of the subluxation phenomenon is the interneuron of the facilitated spinal segment. It is at this location that the recurrent loop of the subluxation is held in place.
Effects of Subluxation
With the chemical mediators of subluxation to help the body’s response to a subluxation is to cause vasoconstriction and increase skeletal muscle tonus via the Golgi tendon apparatus and skeletal muscle fixation. These effects cause
joint fixations, muscle and bone distractions, pain, swelling and lack of function. If allowed to persist, paresis, paralysis and bony changes will ensue.
Mechanism of Subluxation Reduction
Subluxation is only a switch that can potentially be turned back on. This is simply done by providing adequate force to the interneuron through the mechano-receptor inputs into the dorsal horn. (Please see diagram). Note: this is mechano-receptor force, not motion, thus the process is inherently safe and amazingly effective.
Anatomical Subluxation Sign (ASS)
This sign on the patient is evaluated with palpation as depicted above and is limited by subjectivity. It is important to note that only40% of all subluxations demonstrate anatomical subluxation signs.
Neurological Subluxation Sign (NSS)
All subluxations produce neurological subluxation signs. Thus 100% of all subluxations can easily and objectively be located and evaluated using the VOM Diagnostic Technology and neurological subluxation signs.
Force and Sensitivity of the Device
The device can elicit a pulse that can detect subluxations in pets from the size of a hamster or a parakeet, up to a draft horse.
Application of the Device in the Human
The device is really a dental instrument created to split teeth.
The VOM Diagnostic Technology is amazingly accurate. Diagnostic reading patterns are demonstrable weeks to years beforeradiographic and other diagnostic technique will verify.
Validation by Other Diagnostic Techniques
When VOM is compared with other diagnostic technologies such as Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA), Applied Kinesiology (AK) and many others, it is found that these energy techniques reflect the exact reads that VOM demonstrates, validating the VOM.
VOM Diagnostic Window
A window of availability exists for diagnosis using the VOM Technology that is unique in the industry. We are able to diagnose and apply possible treatment to a disease condition in most cases weeks to years before clinical disease is discovered by conventional means. This is the amazing diagnostic value of the VOM Technology and cannot be understated. The VOM Diagnostic window extends from the onset of injury to well past the onset of clinical disease (this could be months to years).
Case Study #1
In 1985 a four-year-old dachshund “Red” was presented for crying out in pain for no apparent reason. Upon examination, no tenderness was found and x-rays also were negative. Neurological exam was normal.
We repeated the next day and within 24 hours Red was up and walking again.
We continued his adjustments on schedule for the next 5 adjustments and he remained both non-clinical and non-VOM reading until his death by liver failure at age 16.Discussion
Q. Did we injure Red with the device?
A. Absolutely not! To date countless cases have been administered without any hint of iatrogenic injury.
In research studies directed at the possible damage that the device might cause, laboratory rats were pulsed with the device one thousand times with the mechanism set at its highest and the rat was then sacrificed to reveal no neurological damage. There was not enough motion to cause injury.
Q. Would Red have gotten better on his own?
A. Maybe,… miracles happen every day. It just so happens however that five more “miracles” just like this one occurred that month due to application of the VOM Technology.
After a while you have a tendency to credit science instead of fate.
Q. Was the initial read at L-3 a harbinger of a spinal failure to come?
A. Of course it was! We have hundreds of similar situations and case studies that conclusively indicate that the spinal segment that fails or exacerbates a clinical disease will show typical pathological reflexive reading patterns months to years ahead of the clinical emergency.
This is of course the purpose and the main point of this articleVOM Treatment Window
This then gives rise to the conclusion that there exists a VOM diagnostic window that encompasses the VOM Treatment window and extends well after the disease is diagnosed by conventional methods. The obvious value of the VOM Diagnostic Technology lies in the utilization treatment within the diagnostic window and before clinical disease is expressed.
Case Study #2
Boru, a 5 year old, 120# purebred Newfoundland and an American and Canadian obedience champion, became reluctant to jump over the required barriers and the resultant trip to the vet left the owner with a diagnosis of Canine Wobbler’s Disease and a decision as to opt for the necessary surgery or euthanasia.
A schedule of VOM treatments was recommended and immediately applied.
Bandi, a 7 year-old neutered male Domestic short hair cat, presented with a chronic dermatological problem that covered his back.
This hyper, hypo, and an-esthesia is held in place by subluxation and reduction of that subluxation reduces, then relieves these disease complexes.
This approach is important in VOM in that it is the exception to the rule that all disease conditions held in place by subluxation will resolve in 5.75 adjustments.
These cases often take up to 12 adjustments to resolve.
The good news is that the client is often sointent on solving these chronic and frustrating disease conditions that they will stay the course of the treatment.
Buck, an 11-year old dressage thoroughbred, was presented with some minor bowed tendons in the forelegs and the owner complained that he was reluctant to “change leads” while in the ring.
The equine is the easiest of all the quadrupeds to adjust and the average horse can be adjusted in less than 5 minutes.
Diseases Diagnosed and Treated with VOM
A. Canine Diseases and Reading Patterns:
B. Feline Diseases Diagnostic Patterns:
C. Equine Disease Diagnostic Patterns:
The following is a list of equine maladies treated at the site of injury, the extremity, and finally at the axial spine that holds the problem in place.
1. Bowed tendons
2. Bog Spavin
3. Bone Spavin
4. Bucked Shins
6. Chip and Avulsion Fractures
10. Bicipital Bursitis
11. Shoulder Sweeney
14. Spinal Strain-Sprain (back)
15. Sacroiliac disease
16. Many others
VOM-Aided Diagnosis in the Quadruped
VOM as a diagnostic technology has and is being used internationally as an adjunct to conventional diagnostic techniques.
VOM Treatment Application
Of course, the goal of all diagnosis is the possibility of quick and adequate treatment.
On a final note, it is always good medicine to refer cases that are out of a practitioner’s scope or cannot be diagnosed. Unfortunately, these clients are usually lost to the referring practitioner according to recent AAHA facts.
Invitation for VOM Materials and Training
ore extensive study and data is available through the International Association of Veterinary Chiropractitioners (IAVCP) and the series of hands-on
VOM Seminars offered by VOM Seminars Inc. More information and registration for VOM Modules 1-2 & 3 can be obtained by contacting Wm. L. Inman BS, DVM at 1-888-935-4866 or on the Internet at email@example.com.
Additional information can be found regarding the VOM Technology, practitioners, training, application, seminars, equipment and materials on the web at www.vomtech.com.
Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner (CVCP)
Certification is available and has become quite popular. Certification through the IAVCP is accomplished by completing the VOM Modules 1,2, & 3, and by passing an accreditation exam, and submitting ten clinical cases.
Clinical cases must establish veterinary affiliation with a veterinary practitioner licensed in the state the pet is treated. Questions or for referral should contact Dr. Inman’s office at 208-772-4360, 9-5, PST M-F
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