What is McTimoney ?

John McTimoney developed his unique method in the late 1950’s for the use on humans, he later expanded his technique on animals including horses and dogs. Practitioners in the UK have successfully used this treatment for over 30 years.

The treatment is a holistic therapy where the whole of the animals body is assessed feeling over for any muscle tension, muscle spasm and misalignments. It focuses mainly on the spinal column, pelvis and the soft tissue structures surrounding these areas. A misalignment occurs when a bone is not in line with the one above it or below it therefore restricting the range of motion within the joint and other potential problems such as muscle tension and nerve impingement. The spine is made up of several vertebra and misalignments to these joints may compromise overall soundness and performance.

Signs of musculoskeletal pain in an animal

Like humans, animals can suffer from pain and discomfort within the back, neck, pelvis and muscles which can arise from both acute and chronic incidents;

Potential Causes of Misalignments within the Horse

Potential Causes of Misalignments within the Dog

After a prolonged period of time horses and dogs begin to compensate and protect areas of discomfort and injury by forming new patterns of movement. Consequently misalignments can occur within the animals skeletal system, leading to the development of muscle spasm where muscles are over working in order to protect the weakened or damaged area of the body.

The treatment itself consists of very high velocity low intensity adjustments carried out using only the hands. The speed of the adjustment is key in its effectiveness and overcomes the forces of the muscles and ligaments holding the vertebra in position, removing the misalignments and releasing any muscle tension. It helps realign and rebalance the animals’ musculoskeletal system therefore restoring and maintaining health, soundness and performance.

This treatment is non invasive and most animals readily accept this safe and effective therapy. Aftercare advice is provided after every treatment in order to ensure the treatment is as effective as possible and helps prevent misalignments from returning. This often includes a change in the animals training routine, specific stretches and exercises to improve stability, strength and suppleness.

The amount of treatments required depends on the severity of the problems found. Once the initial treatment has taken place Dani will usually carry out a further follow up treatment to record how the animal has responded to the prior treatment and its progression. It is advisable to have check ups every 6 to 12 months however animals in very high intensity work and competition may require more regular treatments.