John McTimoney developed the approach in the 1950’s, modifying the human chiropractic technique and applying it to animals. The McTimoney treatment aims to restore symmetry of the skeletal frame, focussing on the spine and pelvis as the key areas that effect performance.
The spine is made up of a number of bones called vertebrae. This structure houses and protects the spinal cord and is responsible for carrying messages from the brain to the peripheral nerves and vice versa. The peripheral nerves exit the spine through spaces between the vertebrae and convey messages to and from the muscles, organs and other structures of the body. All the individual joints of the vertebra should be in line with each other to function normally.
A misalignment is when part of the skeletal system becomes stuck or restricted in its normal range of motion. This then effects the functioning of the nervous system. Misalignments can cause pain by compressing or stretching the nerves.
The McTimoney technique uses a short lever, high velocity, low amplitude thrust. It’s the speed and precision of the adjustment, rather than the force applied that helps to realign the body, thereby allowing the body to embrace its innate ability to self-heal.
Ideally your animal will have 24-48 hrs of rest after a treatment. The animal may feel sore, tired, stiff or achy whilst their body adapts to the treatment. Equally, they may feel immediately better. Aftercare advice that’s tailored to the individuals needs will be given following a treatment.
Minor issues are usually resolved within 2 or 3 initial treatments whereas more specific problems may require several sessions spread over a few months.
Following this, maintenance checks are recommended every 3-6 months depending on the animal’s lifestyle, workload and competition schedule.
The treatment of animals is currently regulated under the 1966 Veterinary Act, therefore Veterinary consent must be given before treatment.