What is VOM and What are its Benefits in FL?
Have you ever heard of Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation in FL? If you have, then you might be wondering how it differs from traditional animal chiropractic care. VOM is a form of alternative veterinary medicine that focuses on the alignment of the musculoskeletal system. Animal chiropractors are trained to identify and correct subluxations. Subluxations are misalignments of the joints that can cause pain and other problems.
VOM is similar to animal chiropractic in that both disciplines focus on the musculoskeletal system. However, there are some key differences between the two. Read on to find out what the main differences are.
What is an animal chiropractor?
An animal chiropractor is a healthcare professional who treats animals, typically companion animals such as dogs and cats. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to adjust an animal's spine and other joints. They do this to restore proper function and alleviate pain. Like human chiropractors, animal chiropractors use their hands to make adjustments. However, it is often difficult to perform with their hands on animals as they tend to move and squirm. Moreover, handling animals like this can cause them to feel anxious and stressed.
What is a VOM-certified practitioner?
Similar to animal chiropractors, veterinary orthopedic manipulator practitioners (VOMs) also adjust an animal's spine. The main difference between the two is that VOMs use a device called an activator. The activator delivers a gentle impulse to the affected area, whereas chiropractors use their hands to manually manipulate the joint.
The use of the activator allows for a more precise and controlled adjustment, which is often necessary when treating animals. It also minimizes the risk of causing pain or discomfort to the animal during the treatment. It also allows the animal to feel more relaxed and stress-free. This is because you're not handling them in the same way as with chiropractor care.
Animal chiropractitioners must complete special training to be certified to treat animals. Dr. Carswell is a certified animal chiropractitioner as well as a certified VOM practitioner. She is trained specially to treat animals using the activator device.
So, what is the difference between an animal chiropractor and a VOM practitioner? The main difference is that VOM practitioners use a device called an activator to deliver precise and controlled adjustments. Meanwhile, chiropractors use their hands to manipulate the joints.
What are the Benefits?
Some of the benefits of Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation include being able to not only treat but also prevent conditions in your animal. VOM is incredibly effective in preventing injuries by keeping the joints properly aligned allowing the muscles to be in their natural state which prevents muscle spasms. This, in turn, reduces the amount of wear and tear on the body, which can lead to pain and other problems down the road. This means your animal can start Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation from a young age!
- Some of the immediate treatment benefits of VOM include:
- Relief from pain
- Improved joint function
- Increased range of motion
- Reduced inflammation
- Enhanced performance
If your animal is dealing with any of the above conditions, then VOM may be a good treatment option for them. Dr. Carswell can treat any kind of animal, from dogs, cats, horses, and even bunnies!
If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of VOM or if you think your animal might benefit from this therapy, then please contact us today! You can also learn more about our treatments here.
What Conditions Can it Help With?
As stated before, Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation is great not only as a preventative measure but also as a treatment method. It is a safe and stress-free way to provide pain relief for your animal. Oftentimes chiropractic care on an animal can be stressful as they are not used to being handled in this way. However, when treated through VOM, the stress is minimized and in some cases, not even present, as the activator device is used instead of manual manipulation.
Veterinary orthopedic manipulation is a safe and effective treatment for many common animal health problems. Some of the conditions that can be treated with VOM include:
- hip dysplasia
- joint pain
- ligament and tendon injuries
- spinal disc herniation
- muscle tension
- and more!
If your animal is dealing with any of the above conditions, then VOM may be a good treatment option for them.
How is VOM Certified Treatment Different From Chiropractic Care?
The main difference between an animal chiropractor and a VOM practitioner is that VOM practitioners use a device called an activator to deliver precise and controlled adjustments, while chiropractors use their hands to manipulate the joints.
As we said earlier, the activator is a handheld tool that uses a spring mechanism to deliver a quick, gentle impulse to the joints. This impulse is what adjusts the joints and relieves pressure on the nerves. The activator is a precision instrument that allows your VOM practitioner to deliver a consistent, low-force adjustment. This is important because it minimizes the risk of causing pain or discomfort to the animal during the treatment.
Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation is a great option for animals who are sensitive to manual manipulation or for those who need a more gentle adjustment. Dr. Carswell uses this treatment alongside Cold Laser Therapy and other alternative veterinary therapies to provide the best possible care for her patients. When combined with cold laser therapy, VOM can provide pain relief, reduced inflammation, enhanced healing, and an overall better treatment and prevention plan.
How Do I Know VOM is Right for My Animal?
The best way to determine whether or not VOM is right for your animal is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carswell. During the consultation, she will go over your animal's medical history and conduct a gait and stance analysis alongside a full spine and extremity analysis. Once she has completed the analysis, she will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that is tailored specifically for your animal. Moreover, Dr. Carswell not only targets the conditions but also works with you to create a preventative care plan to help reduce the risk of your animal developing (any more) problems in the future.
If you're interested in learning more about how Dr. Carswell uses VOM or if you think your animal might benefit from this therapy, you can reach out to us and schedule an appointment. If you're still unsure about how effective VOM treatment is, check out our testimonials and see for yourself how you can help your animal live a happier and healthier life!