Is your animal family member struggling with pain or mobility issues? Could a chiropractic adjustment provide some much-needed relief?
At Animal Care Hospital, we are committed to delivering the highest level of care through as many treatment options as possible. To that end, we are proud to offer veterinary orthopedic manipulation (VOM) – also known as chiropractic adjustments – as part of our extensive list of services.
What is VOM?
When an animal’s musculoskeletal system is out of alignment, it can cause pressure on surrounding nerves, resulting in pain, muscle tightness and spasms. Using a handheld device called a VOM activator, we are able to locate these areas of the nervous system that has fallen out of communication.
We then introduce movement into the joint that is out of alignment using the activator to restore function. This adjustment not only decreases nerve inflammation and relieves pain and muscle spasms, but it also allows for improved range of motion of the muscles and return to normal function.
Why use a device vs. your hands?
Simply put, our hands are too slow. Unlike with human chiropractic care, we cannot ask a patient to relax and take a deep breath. When pets are here for VOM, they are typically experiencing a good deal of pain. The sooner we can alleviate that discomfort, the better. Our VOM device operates at a rate of just 2-4 milliseconds. In comparison, this is 5-10 times faster than even the most skilled veterinary chiropractor can work manually.
Will VOM hurt my pet?
VOM adjustments are highly targeted yet surprisingly gentle. In fact, the majority of patients we treat become quite relaxed during a session. Pets typically sleep for a few hours after an adjustment, after which owners often report that they wake up relieved and revitalized. VOM is painless and requires no sedation.
How can I know if my pet needs an adjustment?
Symptoms of improper joint movement can vary greatly and may include pain, behavioral changes, lameness, and disinterest in normal daily activities. Other symptoms may be more difficult to identify because they adversely affect your pet’s nervous system. As such, regular adjustments to ensure proper nerve flow may be recommended.
VOM can greatly help pets that are obese or elderly, as well as facilitate a faster and more comfortable post-operative recovery period. Chiropractic care can also help with a wide variety of other health concerns, including incontinence.
If you’re curious about VOM and whether it could benefit your companion, we’d be more than happy to answer your questions. Contact Animal Care Hospital today to get started!