Why would my pet need an adjustment?
At Family Animal Care, we offer animal adjusting as both an adjunctive treatment with traditional medicine as well as an alternative treatment for those clients wishing to pursue a non-medical option. The V.O.M. technique has been used to treat over 800 medical conditions, including chronic pain, lameness, hip dysplasia, dermatitis, and urinary incontinence. These treatments are also frequently used for hunting and agility dogs who are extremely active and need to remain in peak physical condition for their sports.
Is V.O.M. the same as human chiropractic care?
No. V.O.M. has similarities to some of the human chiropractic modalities 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". VOM provides a hybrid between chiropractic and veterinary care and benefits from the positive aspects of both, and thus is more effective than either by themselves.
What does the hand-held instrument do? Does it hurt?
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. Adjustments may cause minor discomfort, but are well-tolerated by most pets.
Why don't you just use your hands to do adjustments?
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.