A. What is VOM?
The root of the work comes from a very powerful, effective, and comprehensive healing technology called VOM, which precisely locates areas of your animal's nervous and muscle systems that have fallen out of proper communication or balance with the rest of the body and the brain. VOM is then used to re-establish communication and balance in these areas thus reducing pain AND inducing healing.
Dr. Savko first took the VOM coursework in 2002 directly with technique originator Dr. Bill Inman DVM, and then worked closely with a local veterinarian for over a year on many cases to be eligible to take the certification test which he passed to become a fully certified VOM practitioner in 2006.
B. Is Dr. Savko a veterinarian?
NO, Dr. Savko is not a veterinarian nor does he practice veterinary medicine. He has his doctorate in chiropractic (DC), is certified in the VOM healing technologies (CVCP), is Reiki attuned, a Certified ThetaHealer, and is well trained in many other holistic modalities including but not limited to, nutrition, muscle work, energy medicine, bodywork, and acupressure/acupuncture concepts. Currently Dr. Savko consults in house, under the direct supervision of licensed veterinarians with 5 local veterinary hospitals on a weekly basis, and receives referrals from many other veterinarians all across the Pittsburgh area and beyond.
C. Why is the work so successful?
Because it can find causes and not just effects. With or without symptoms, the work identifies problem areas that you often times can’t see with your eyes or feel with your hands. The work locates and reduces or removes involuntary and pathologic reflexes called “reads” that are found only in animals. When the “reads” are found, they indicate either nerve static or muscle imbalance. When the reflexes are removed or reduced, patients usually improve!
D. Why do you use instruments instead of your hands?
Because our hands are too slow. The devices work many times faster than the animal’s body can resist, therefore the patient is always properly, and SAFELY evaluated and worked on, every visit, in any position, attitude or mood. Effectively, the instruments are more specific and much quicker than the human hand, which allows for very comprehensive, yet gentle assessment and therapy for the nerves, joints and muscles.
Dr. Savko knows how to do cracking or popping “hands-on” adjustments; that is what he started out doing more than 20 years ago. Knowing what he knows about chiropractic, manual adjusting FOR ANIMALS just didn't make sense for him. “I felt like I was missing something. No matter how much experience you have, it is hard to get the animal to really relax so you can do the adjustment properly, and I know what it takes to do a good adjustment. There is usually just too much give, and you could end up using excessive force to try and get the job done, or too little force, and sometimes nothing is really happening but a slight mobilization, and the client can do that. ”
Savko has found that the results did not last as long and the stress to the animal during, and after the visit does not allow for the adjustment to be as good as it should or hold as long as it should, which means you end up doing more visits, for less results! Many clients have said they have gone to other doctors or holistic practitioners in the past, doing different therapies or techniques with either no results, or maybe results in the beginning, but then they decline, or just plain don't work. A recent client told us, “Dr. Savko got more done in one visit, than I got in over a year with the other doctor!”
These are the kind of effects we want. We think VITALITY! Restoring the body’s vital force is our goal! We want to heal the whole, not just the part.
E. What will happen to my animal during the visit?
Typically there are three main phases used. The first phase works with the nerves, and the second phase works with the muscles. The nervous system is extremely important as it is responsible for pain and function. The muscular system is also important for protection, balance, movement and stability. Therefore stress to the nervous/muscle systems can halt the healing process, severely inhibit normal bodily functions, and produce pain or discomfort. The removal of stress to the nervous and muscle systems can reduce pain and discomfort, improve blood flow, and range of motion which can allow the body to function at a much higher level therefore removing, reducing or even preventing symptoms from occurring. During the third phase, magnetic, far infra red, and negative ion spheres are used to help the patient heal from the inside out, like a laser but even easier, and quicker! Through each phase meridian points (like with acupuncture) are stimulated, muscles are relaxed, joints are mobilized, blood flow is improved and more! Dr. Savko is also experienced with several energy healing techniques such as reiki and Theta Healing.
All of this is accomplished in a very safe and gentle manner which allows for more comprehensive and deeper results than many techniques alone.
F. Can this approach harm my animal?
Absolutely not. The beauty of the work is that it provides the exact amount of force to reduce nerve, joint or muscle stress without having to yank, twist, push, jerk or pull on the body. As with any other “bodywork” sometimes there may be a healing reaction, like getting sore after a massage or exercise, which is usually mild and passes quickly.
G. Can you do this work on other animals?
Yes, yes, yes! Dr. Savko has worked on rabbits, hens, ducks, lizards, pot bellied pigs, cows, birds, bulls, even snakes, but especially horses. Horses really tend to soak this work up and respond very quickly! No animal is too big or small for these amazing healing technologies!
H. What problems can you work on?
The better question is, what can’t we work on? The answer is not much. Obviously blunt force traumas need emergency services, but once cleared from their doctor we can work around the areas until they are healed enough to be worked on directly. Bone tumors cannot directly be worked on but they can be worked around if we think it will help that patient’s quality of life. Open wounds and surgical incisions etc need to heal first. Pre and post surgical cases respond great, and are usually up and about quicker than without the work! The full scope of this technology has yet to be realized. Remember, with or without symptoms any animal that shows these pathological reflexes or “reads” during a visit has nervous or muscular static at that area. The work can reduce and often times resolve this static in these areas thus inducing healing!
VOM was originated by a world renowned veterinarian through 10+ years of research on over 30,000 large and small animal cases. From this research, they found that animals lived 50% longer and healthier lives with the work vs. without. Wouldn’t you like your loved one to live a 50% longer healthier life? Dr. Savko trained directly with the technique inventor, he is certified, he works in house, under the direct supervision of many local licensed veterinarians, and has over 18 years experience healing animals. What are you waiting for? Contact us today!