Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM)

Our patient Ryker with Dr. Elliot.

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) was developed by Dr. William Inman, DVM, in l982. Dr. Inman is a veterinary neurologist who performed many surgeries on animals with severe spinal disease before developing the VOM technology. Once he developed this technology and saw the outstanding benefits (along with low level --cold -- laser therapy) he discontinued his surgical practice. Instead, he utilizes only the VOM and LLLT technologies to treat these patients with GREAT SUCCESS!!


"Chiropractic care is not only beneficial for animal athletes but is a strong modality for general wellness and for pain management, especially in geriatric animals." - from Veterinary News/NYS, July/August 2013.


VOM is a healing technique designed to repair and re-establish a healthy nervous system for animals. It uses a handheld device called an “Activator” used by many chiropractors who treat humans. The activator used for VOM restores the body’s functions by reducing “subluxations” as in typical chiropractic care. Subluxations are misalignments of the bones. This could be a disc that is slightly out of place or a joint that is not properly sitting in its socket. When this is present there is often a corresponding impingement of the nerves situated in that area.


When placed and “fired” over the spinous processes or the animal’s spine and other bones, it locates the part of the body that has fallen out of communication. By “firing” the activator it reestablishes neural communication and therefore inducing healing. This is a safe, simple, and effective healing method.


Most animals tolerate this light pressure very well.  In fact, as this process is repeated several times it releases endorphins thereby causing the animals to relax and enjoy the procedure. In addition to passing over the spinous processes, the activator is also “fired” all the way down the spine on either side. This “opens up” any blockages in the nerve bundles located on either side of the spine. These nerves innervate the internal organs. This allows better communication and function of the internal organs.


VOM is accurate because it finds the exact place that is out of alignment and at the same time reduces it or corrects it along with the neuronal (nerves) subluxations.  VOM provides the exact amount of force to the subluxated joint or spine to reduce the subluxation without having to induce motion (manual manipulation). The purpose is to reduce the strain on the affected area and create alignment in areas that have gotten used to a misaligned state. 


On average, you will see a positive reaction within one week after treatment. Most of our clients call us within a day or two to tell us that their pet is more energetic, moving better than before the treatment, and is acting more like their usual self.


Dr. Inman discovered that the activator could find subluxation and other spinal problems 6-8 MONTHS PRIOR TO ANY INDICATION COULD BE SEEN ON XRAY. This is a strong reason to do VOM on seemingly healthy pets. This will allow early detection and correction of problems that could become serious in the near future. 


Research shows that if VOM technology is started when animals are young, even puppies and kittens, they tend to live 28.5% longer and healthier lives. We recommend treating all young healthy animals at least three times (once a week for three weeks) and then yearly.


For animals with any muscular-skeletal problems, we recommend treating for minimally once a week for three weeks. Skip a week then another treatment. Skip two weeks then another treatment. Follow up treatments every 3 to 6 months as needed.


Since I started to use the VOM technology I have concluded that animals don’t complain. Often owners will tell me their 10, 15, 18-year-old dog or cat seems to be slowing down, sleeping more, and not jumping up on the couch or bed as they used to. However, they do not think the animal is in any pain. After treating these seemly healthy and not in pain animals with the VOM technology, owners have called up to tell me their pets are more energetic, more active in the house and on walks, and in general acting like they are 10 years younger. And often older dogs and cats show greater agility AFTER ONLY ONE TREATMENT!!


If you would like to read more in-depth articles about VOM and Dr. William Inman’ writings, go to these articles online:



Activator: Chiropractic adjusting tool.

Miraculous Cures Using VOM

Daisy, When this 8 year old female Shih Tsu walked both her shoulders would subluxate (come out of their sockets). This would occur three times a week for no known reason. After the first VOM treatment the problem was totally resolved. We continued with the series of five treatments to insure that the problem would stay fixed. It’s been more than 6 months since Daisy was first treated with no recurrence to date.


Sadie, a 7 year old Siberian Huskie, was limping on the front right leg for months. X-rays and thorough exam did not reveal any structural cause for Sadie’s limp. After two VOM treatments the limp went away. We did a total of five VOM treatments. It’s been over 6 months and Sadie remains limp free.


Coconut, a 15 year old female spayed cat, not jumping up on couch anymore who didn’t seem painful on exam or to the owner.  X-rays revealed spongilitis (extra boney growth under the lower spine area). This is very common in older animals. Most of the time it is an incidental finding and there are no signs of pain or slower function. After three VOM treatments Coconut has resumed getting up on the couch,  all chairs in the house and can go from the desk chair up to the desk….or course to do what….to sit on her owners laptop. After completing the last twoVOM treatments six months ago, Coconut is still climbing on everything.

Rufus having a chiropractic adjustment.





Dr. Elliot retired from practice on December 14, 2021.


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