About McTimoney Treatment
The technique was developed in the 1950s by human manipulator, John McTimoney who modified his human manipulation technique to apply specifically to animals.
Today, the McTimoney MSc in Animal Manipulation provided by the McTimoney College of Chiropractic is the only validated course in Europe teaching techniques for adjusting animals. Upon completion of the course, graduates are qualified to offer animals manipulative therapy based on the original McTimoney technique and approach.
What does McTimoney Treatment Involve?
Prior to treatment, a detailed case history will be taken. This will include; the animals' exercise regime, general lifestyle, injuries or changes in behaviour. Assessment of the animals' gait will also be carried out through a walk/trot up to rule out lameness and identify gait abnormalities/stiffness.
Firstly, the spine, pelvis and any other relevant joints are analysed via palpation using sense of touch to detect misalignments and muscle spasm in the associated muscles. The problem areas are then treated with very precise and rapid adjustments to correct the misalignment and reduce any muscle spasm.
Aftercare usually involves rest and/or limited exercise for a few days. The animal may require several treatments, depending on the nature of its injury, and it is recommended that animals receive regular check-ups to help maintain optimum performance and health as a preventative measure.
What can McTimoney Treatment Help?
McTimoney treatment can help relieve an animal's pain and restore movement following injury. Animals have often suffered injury due to a trauma such as an accident, fall, bump or collision. However, problems can also be caused by issues such as excess weight, conformation defects, incorrect foot balance, saddle fitting issues, or rider imbalance in the case of horses.
Particular breeds and working animals are predeposed to injury due to the nature of their work. For example; greyhounds are at risk of injury from running on a tight track in one direction, whilst show jumping horses can be injured if they encounter a particularly difficult obstacle. Long backed and short-legged breeds are also susceptible to injury.
A check up treatment can also be beneficial in ensuring an animal has no problems after it has given birth.