Animal Sports Performance- Equine and Canine Chiropractic
Serving the East Midlands Including Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire
Dr Emma Punt is the research lead for the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) as well as being a McTimoney equine and canine chiropractor for more than 12 years. BARTA’s mission is to advise, direct and train personnel involved in fire and rescue situations and to improve the welfare and viability of animals in emergency situations.
McTimoney Chiropractic techniques can help keep your horse or dog at peak performance and prevent avoidable injuries. If you are seeing a reduction in performance it's important to seek help as soon as possible. Early assessment could help prevent or reduce injury.
If your animal has a known injury a vet will often refer your horse to a physical therapist to play a vital role in the rehabilitation process. I work closely with vets and if you’re animal is insured then often your policy will cover the cost of any treatments.
All equines when asked to perform physically are likely, at some point, to suffer from musculoskeletal problems. Chiropractic treatment can help keep an animal in peak condition if they are working or competing.
All dogs, especially working dogs and those regularly taking part in high energy sports such as fly-ball and agility, can benefit from regular chiropractic treatment to help prevent and treat musculoskeletal injuries.
I offer performance evaluation clinics allowing in depth discussion and assessment of any aspect of a horse’s work. I also run training sessions for owners to help them understand/spot issues and develop stretching and exercise plans.
McTimoney Chiropractic for Animals
Finding the appropriate therapist for your horse/dog can seem like a daunting task. With a variety of therapies available who do you call?
Just as with humans there are a number of treatment varieties available which all appear to be valid options. The main types of treatment used in Equine and Canine therapy are Animal Physiotherapy and McTimoney Chiropractic. Both these treatments are now widely covered under animal insurance policies and are often favoured options as they can be much cheaper than numerous trips to the vet. Both types of treatment are also covered under the Veterinary Act which means they can be recommended by vets as the best course of treatment for your animal.
Animal Physiotherapy or McTimoneyAnimal physiotherapy works primarily on muscles and other soft tissues where as McTimoney looks at the underlying skeletal frame and how the muscles are affecting this as the animal moves.
Without the underlying skeletal structure and joints working optimally the muscles cannot function properly. Sometimes there is more difference from how a therapist examines and treats an animal than there is between particular therapies.
Whichever treatment you choose for your animal make sure they are properly qualified. As a minimum a therapist of any discipline should have a degree in a related subject plus a two year qualification at a post-graduate level. It’s also worth bearing in mind that only therapists with recognised qualifications will be able to get insurance for their work.
Experience also counts for a lot too. Similar to vets, the more cases and animal issues a therapist sees the better they are at recognizing and applying the correct cause of treatment.