Veterinary Chiropractic Care for Pet Pain Relief
Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM)
VOM is often referred to as chiropractic care; although there are some similarities, it is not the same. Both therapies help restore functions by reducing subluxations and the hand held activator used in VOM is similar to those use by some chiropractors. A subluxation is an incomplete or partial dislocation of a joint or organ, that may or may not be detected on an x-ray.
Dr. Restey uses the activator to put motion directly into the vertebrae which stimulates the associated spinal cord segment and helps to restore normal function.
In VOM, non-normal spinal cord segments are often identified by a “twitch” reflex when the vertebra is adjusted. Dr. Restey notes these reflexive areas and monitors their progress through the VOM course of treatment. Signs of healing are obvious in the pet’s behavior and mobility, however complete healing is achieved when the reflex is no longer present.
Because body functions are dependent on a healthy spinal column, VOM may be used to treat a variety of ailments, either independently or with other treatments. Conditions include:
- Acute and non-acute lameness
- Progressive lameness
- Hip Dysplasia-like syndromes
- Back pain and disk disease
- Agility dysfunction
- Urinary and fecal incontinence
- Digestive disorders
The VOM course of treatment begins with an examination and adjustment. Some conditions may require further diagnostic tests such as x-rays. A typical VOM course would include repeat treatment intervals of one week, progressing to two weeks, three weeks, four weeks, two months and then as needed only if the reflexiveness is still present. Every case is unique and Dr. Restey works with each patient and client individually to optimize the treatment plan.
Dr. Restey has found success with a combination treatment of VOM and acupuncture and may discuss this treatment option as well.