The Back In Balance Practice

Covid-19 Update

Following the recent Government update Jill will be back to business from Monday 18th May. Social distancing and Bio security measures will be in place.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.
Ring, text or email Jill for advice - contact Jill.

Outside Jill's area? - consider Jill's ebooks, showing you how you can help your horse or dog

The self help for horse owners is called - Looking After Your Horse's Back
The self help for dog owners is called - Canine Athletes and Couch Pet-atoes

About the Therapist Back Specialist

Jill has worked as a horse and dog back specialist since Dec 2000. Find out more about her experience, training & qualifications.


Equine TherapyEquine Therapy

Why your horse may need McTimoney animal treatment. Back problems, lameness problems - how Jill can help you and your horse.


Get Jill's book - 'Looking After Your Horse's Back'Horse back or mobility problem

Self help/DIY: what you can do to avoid, or even fix, a back or mobility problem in your horse.


Dog TrainingDog Training

Training your dog for Canine Sports - racing, flyball, agility, obedience, field trials


Jill's HorsesPictures of Jill's horses

Meet the Back In Balance competition horses


Equine MassageEquine Massage

The benefits of Equine Massage


McTimoney Equine TherapyMcTimoney equine therapy

What is the McTimoney animal treatment. Find out about the six stages of the treatment and what you can expect from Jill.


Dog TherapyDog Therapy

Some of the lameness and mobility problems affecting dogs, the causes, and how McTimoney animal treatment can help.


Get Jill's book - 'Canine Athletes and Couch Pet-atoes'Dog back or mobility problem

Self help/DIY: learn how assess your dog's mobility and what you can do to help.



Articles about animal behaviour, lameness, arthritis and other therapies


Contact JillContact Jill

Contact Jill to discuss your dog or horse problem


What the papers say about JillPress features

See what the papers say about Jill


McTimoney Equine Therapy and massage

This site explains all about McTimoney animal treatment for horses, dogs and other animals. Jill Firth is a McTimoney animal practitioner, an equine and canine back specialist, who uses a therapeutic modality based upon the techniques taught by the McTimoney College of Chiropractic on their Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Manipulation - in which Jill is qualified at Distinction level. However, Jill has a range of techniques at her disposal including: soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilisation, stretches and exercises as well as being able to discuss rehabilitation and general management issues that could affect the long term well-being of your animal.

Jill is a qualified Lecturer in Animal and Equine Science. Her areas of specialist knowledge include:-

  • Equine Sports Medicine
  • Equine Exercise Physiology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Nutrition

Using this wealth of knowledge and experience, Jill can discuss other avenues and approaches to the correction of musculo-skeletal imbalances, asymmetries, locomotory, other back problems and even behavioural problems in your dog or horse.

Equine lameness and back problems

If you have a horse, the horse section explains how McTimoney animal treatment can help - obvious cases are bad or sore backs, stiffness, falls, reduced or poor performance and other equitation problems. The structure of the spine/vertebrae is explained along with what can go wrong in terms of joint function and how this can lead to muscle spasm and further problems.

Canine back problems

For dog owners, the dog section gives a similar explanation of how a dog's back can be affected by both work and play activities, what can go wrong and how the McTimoney animal treatment can help.

McTimoney animal treatment

The section about the treatment gives more detailed information about how all the factors involved in the horse's or dog's behaviour are assessed - including a dynamic assessment of gait/movement and "palpation" (feeling) of the spine, other joints and muscles. This section also explains what a McTimoney animal practitioner actually does in treating a horse or dog and what you should expect.

Jill's training, qualifications and experience are explained in the section about the practitioner, this includes details of her continued involvement with both dogs and horses and gives more information about her animal qualifications.

The contact page gives details of how you can contact Jill to discuss your animal's problems and arrange an appointment either through your vet or direct.

© Jill Firth 2001-2020