Animal McTimoney - Horses & Ponies
What is McTimoney Therapy?
McTimoney is a straight forward method of manipulating and mobilising joints and soft tissue to improve the comfort, alignment, function and mobility of the musculoskeletal system, and through this process help the nervous system to work more efficiently. The purpose of animal chiropractic adjustments is to realign and rebalance the body to relieve pain and discomfort, and increase mobility.
Restrictions of the joints can occur for many reasons; some of the most common are incorrect posture which maybe compensatory to old or current injuries, accidents, falls, stress, and poor maintenance. This can lead to pain, numbness, pins and needles, or restricted mobility.
Rachel is fully insured and a member of the McTimoney Animal Association (MAA), ISRM, EEBW and the Register of Animal Musculoskeltal Professionals (RAMP) which helps assure owners and Vets in the highest standard practitioner, having met a stringent standard of competence assessed on knowledge, skills, experience, and professional behaviours for treating animals.
Offering a natural, holistic approach to health care, the body is treated as a whole with extensive case history taken aiming to find the route cause, rather than just treating the symptoms. Animals are regularly exposed in everyday life to situations that have the potential to cause problems with their spine and musculoskeletal system.
• Demands of their work
• Rider issues (e.g. crooked or novice rider)
• Lack of space
• Pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. navicular)
Some animals have more ‘risk factors’ present in their life than others and are therefore likely to benefit from more regular treatment.
How can I tell if my animal needs McTimoney, Sports and Remedial Treatment?
McTimoney therapy using animal Chiropractic techniques combined with remedial massage and electrotherapy where needed, does not replace traditional Veterinary Medicine but rather provides a complimentary method of care.
At Burton Sports therapy this combined approach of treatment techniques has been proven to be extremely successful in treating gait abnormalities and performance problems and in alleviating neck and back pain. As such it can be invaluable for your animal both for prevention of injury or performance set back and as part of the rehabilitation if injury has already occurred.
Tell Tale Signs!
Pain is usually the last thing to appear in evidence of the underlying musculoskeletal dysfunction that your animal may display if there is a problem. Below are listed some of the possible signs and their symptoms.
• Tension or stiffness
• Gait abnormalities, rhythm irregularities
• Shortened stride length
• Incorrect strike offs in canter, disunited, changing leads behind, poor changes
• Reluctance to go forward
• Jumping problems – loss of scope, refusing, clumsiness
• Behavioral changes
• Signs of discomfort – ears back, tail swishing
What does a visit from Rachel Burton Sports Therapy involve?
The initial consultation and treatment begins by building up a case history, noting information about past injuries, illnesses, treatments and medications as well as current problems, consulting vet when necessary as to not be interfering with any ongoing or previous protocols they have with the animal. The lifestyle and the ‘job’ of the animal will also be discussed, considering the demands that his daily activities place on his body.
The animal will be observed both standing still and in motion. For a horse this will require walk, trot and turns in hand. In certain cases, it may also be relevant to see the horse's tack then on the lunge or ridden as well.
A full examination will then be carried out to assess the alignment, mobility and function of the animal’s musculoskeletal system including his spine and other joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is important to assess the whole animal because symptoms seen in one area can sometimes be caused by a problem in another.
The treatment itself will depend on the findings of the assessment but will involve a series of specific, gentle adjustments performed by hand to restore correct movement of the spine and other joints of the body. This in turn improves healthy functioning of the nervous system and stimulates the animal’s own healing mechanism. Soft tissue techniques such as sports massage and stretching may also be incorporated into the treatment.
Laser therapy may also be given where required to aid tissue rate of recovery and the healing process following acute injuries such as trauma, open wounds, fractures, breaks, tears, strains to muscles and strains to ligaments. It can also help with bone calcification in splints and remodeling, plus the reabsorption of scar tissue which if left un massaged or lasered can lead to restrictions in range of movement.
In line with the Veterinary Act, any therapist working on your horse or dog must by law consult or have permission from your veterinarian. This is in place to protect your animal and ensure that he receives the highest level of care possible. Rachel has a good working relationship with many veterinary practices and is happy to discuss treatment with your vet before working on your animal.