Just like humans, animals can suffer from back pain and musculoskeletal problems, and can benefit from manipulative therapy.
McTimoney therapy for animals was developed by John McTimoney; he was a human therapist who developed a technique to use on animals, in the 1950’s. Since then McTimoney animal therapists have been helping animals with this non-invasive technique. The McTimoney treatment is safe and effective, and is readily accepted by the animal. It is a holistic treatment so the whole of the animal’s body is assessed. The treatment is carried out entirely by hand.
The animal’s skeleton is assessed for any misalignments. A misalignment is when a joint has become restricted within its normal range of movement. This can lead to nerve impingement and muscle spasms which could cause pain, discomfort, loss of feeling or movement, and affect the nervous supply to internal organs. It will therefore reduce the animal’s performance.
Misalignments can come from an acute cause which would be from a traumatic incident such as a fall, or a chronic cause which would happen over time such as compensation following an injury or weakness, or conformation. Misalignments will also be dependant on the animal’s workload and work type. See for horses, for dogs or for other animals sections for more information.
The treatment consists in adjusting the misalignments. These will all be treated individually. The adjustment of the misalignment is relatively gentle but very fast which makes it safe but effective. Merishia massage therapy might also be used to help with any related muscle spasms.
Healing is a process so it is important to give the animal enough time to heal after the treatment. Animals will need at least 24 hours of rest after being treated so it is important that the animal does not get treated immediately before a big event.
It is illegal for a therapist to treat an animal without veterinary consent, so please seek veterinary permission before your animal is treated. Verbal consent is sufficient as a form will need to be signed by the owner or person in charge of the animal at the time of treatment to insure veterinary permission has been given.