McTimoney equine and canine treatment
McTimoney treatment for horses and dogs consists of 6 different stages: -
Case history of the animal
Jill will spend some time with a new client - discussing the history of the animal, both medical and physical - in order to determine what health conditions the animal has had in the past and to identify the normal exercise regime and activities the animal enjoys. This, together with the Veterinary Diagnosis of the current condition and the client's description of symptoms, gives Jill vital information to the causes of, and factors contributing to, the animal's condition.
An explanation of what is involved in the McTimoney treatment of an animal
Jill will explain how McTimoney treatment works, what it can (and can't) achieve and what the client should expect throughout the treatment.
Dynamic assessment of gait and biomechanics
This will involve watching the animal move, both in walk and in trot, turning in tight circles and backing up. Jill will closely observe the animal's movement, identifying gait abnormalities, asymmetries and stiffness. This will help give a clearer indication as to the location of the problem(s). In the case of a horse Jill may also need to see the horse ridden or lunged in its normal tack.
Static palpation of joints and muscles
By now Jill will have a reasonable idea as to the cause, and location, of the problems. The McTimoney treatment begins with Jill palpating (examine by feeling with the hands) the joints and muscles of the animal's body looking for muscle spasm, assymetries, disfunction and areas of tension and tenderness. This examination will also assess the range of movement in the joints and the involuntary reflexes of key areas of the nervous system.
The McTimoney Treatment
The McTimoney treatment is done by hand and consist of short, sharp thrusts to specific areas which release muscle spasm, alleviate pain and return the joints to their normal range of motion. In addition, the treatment may also involve joint mobilisation and/or soft tissue manipulation in order to restore normal function to the areas under treatment.
Post treatment advice and preventative care
After treatment the animal may be sore, stiff or at least behave differently. This is due to the body readjusting to the changes which have taken place. Jill will give advice on the care and management of the animal following treatment. She may also give advice on saddle and tack fitting, shoeing etc. as part of preventative care and rehabilitation.
McTimoney Standards of Care
Jill will always work in conjunction with the client's vet and following any McTimoney treatment or course of treatment the Veterinary Surgeon will, where required, be sent a full written report on the practitioner's findings, treatment and recommendations to the owner.
The McTimoney Animal course trains practitioners to recognise conditions where treatment would be of no benefit and will refer back to the Veterinary Surgeon in such cases. In addition, Jill may suggest other rehabilitation facilities and would, where necessary, discuss their benefits with the client and Vet in charge of the case.
Jill adheres to a professional code of ethics whereby Vet, owner, and animal can expect the highest standard of care and attention at all times throughout the treatment period.