Marilyn Mitchell, DVM
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VOM Theory

Alterations in the biomechanical or physiological dynamics of the joints of the vertebral column (called a subluxation because the bones are partially dislocated) cause spinal nerve dysfunction as the nerve roots leave the spinal cord. This is VSC – Vertebral Subluxation Complex. The dysfunction can lead to mobility problems in the joint, swelling and inflammation in the joint, or spasms of the muscles immediately around the vertebrae. The nerve root that has a dysfunction causes disease in many internal organs that are innervated by a particular nerve root.

The negative forces that caused the dysfunction in the first place are from trauma and environmental toxins. Most pets have had significant trauma to their spinal canal since they were young. It comes in the form of playing with a Frisbee, jumping off or onto something, general play, and excessive running. For some pets, going down stairs might be the biggest predisposing factor to subluxation. We recommend harnesses for most dogs since collars put extra strain on the neck and might predispose to VSC.

In many cases, the changes in the vertebral column that surround the area of nerve dysfunction do not show any changes, and thus are normal on a radiograph. When radiographic changes of this nerve dysfunction are present, they occur long after the problem originated. In some cases the nerve dysfunction from the subluxation can be low-grade or intermittent, taking years to show up on a radiograph. 

In VOM we counteract nerve dysfunction by "re-setting" the joint with a gentle and painless force. We are counteracting all of the negative forces that have built up on the spinal canal and its nerve roots over a period of time. The nerves in the area can begin acting normally again, which increases blood flow to internal organs, correcting many diseases. Some of the diseases that are responsive to vom therapy include:

·    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

·    Wobblers (Cervical Instability)

·    Disk Disease

·    Joint, Muscle, Tendon, and Ligament Injuries

·    Brachial Plexus avulsion

·    Degenerative Myelopathy

·    Lumbo-sacral subluxation complex

·    Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome (skin-spinal reflex phenomenon)

·    Wounds and Lick Granulomas

·    Fecal and Urinary Incontinence

·    Megaesophagus

·    Kidney Disease

·    Liver Disease

·    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

·    Arthritis

·    Feline Urinary Disease (FLUTD)

·    Feline Hyperthyroidism

·    Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

·    Allergies

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.  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.