Our own Dr. Anthony Carrier is certified in Veterinary Medical Manipulation. 

What is Veterinary Medical Manipulation? How does it work?

Veterinary Medical Manipulation (VMM) is a manual therapy that uses motion palpation to detect joint restrictions and alleviates them using quick and controlled joint adjustments.  Correcting these joint restrictions restores normal range of motion, which improves circulation, neurologic function, and immune system performance.

This sounds a lot like chiropractic… why isn’t it called that?

VMM is essentially chiropractic care for your pets. The reason it cannot be called as such is because a veterinarian, rather than a chiropractor, is the one performing the adjustment.

For which conditions and animals can it be used?

Dr. Carrier has experience performing adjustments on dogs, cats, and a variety of other animals including ferrets, rabbits, and rodents.

VMM is commonly used for…

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Muscle injury or spasm
  • Hind end weakness
  • Some neurologic deficits
  • Neck or back pain
  • Sway or arched back
  • Post-operative care
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Senior comfort and maintenance

And, did you know it can also be used for…

  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Congenital/structural abnormalities
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive licking of limbs or joints
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injury
  • General wellness

Is VMM unsafe or painful? 

VMM is about speed and accuracy of the adjustment, NOT strength! This makes it a very safe and effective modality when used by a certified and well-trained practitioner.

What’s to be expected at a VMM visit?

  • Initial VMM sessions and sessions for new issues take about 40 minutes and include a physical examination, orthopedic examination, gait analysis, and adjustment.
  • Routine VMM sessions take about 20-30 minutes.

Dr. Grace Brewer – Animal Chiropractic Care