McTimoney for Dogs

All dogs can benefit from McTimoney treatment. Whether your four legged friend is simply a pet or they take part in showing, agility, trials, racing or flyball. Regular tailored sessions with an experienced therapist using canine chiropractic techniques are one of the best ways to keep your canine happy, healthy and working at their best.

What is McTimoney Treatment?

McTimoney is a chiropractic technique developed by John McTimoney in the 1950’s. John was a Canine Chiropracticchiropractor who learnt his trade from one of the pioneers of the field, Dr Mary Walker. John developed his own methods and treatments and his distinctive approach was named McTimoney Method Chiropractic. In 1954 he further developed his approach to include the treatment of animals and is believed to be the first chiropractor to do so. You can read more about John at the McTimoney website

What does McTimoney Do?

Put simply, McTimoney treatment helps to re-align and balance the musculoskeletal system. The system is composed of the bones, which make of the skeletal system, and the muscles which make up the muscular system as well as cartilage, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues. The musculoskeletal system gives humans and animals the ability to move and provides support and stability.

For a variety of reasons parts of the system can sometime become ‘stuck’ at one end of their range of movement. When this happens joints can become less mobile and movement become painful. Muscle tension and muscle spasm are often the results of such an issue.

One of the main areas of the system that can experience issues is the spinal cord which runs down the spine. Nerves branch out from the spinal cord which transfer information to and from the brain to the various areas of the body such as organs and muscles. If the spine is not in alignment or if there is muscle tension around the spine, perhaps as the result of an injury, the nerves are less able to do their job. Blood supply can also be affected and the result is pain, discomfort and drops in performance levels of the human or animal affected.

Though careful manipulation of joints, especially those in the spine and pelvis, a McTimoney chiropractic therapist can remove misalignments and restore the musculoskeletal system back to optimum working order. Muscle pain and tension and discomfort felt during movement can be removed meaning performance levels and general well-being is improved.

What’s the Difference between Canine Physiotherapy and  Canine Chiropractic Techniques?

This is a very common question and people are often unsure who to call whether the treatment is canine physiotherapyfor humans or animals. In truth the two treatments have a lot of cross over. Both physiotherapy and chiropractic treat musculoskeletal and joint problems, help reduce pain and increase mobility. The difference comes in how each discipline achieves their results.

A therapist using canine chiropractic techniques will use gentle manipulation to adjust joints where restricted movement is found.

Canine physiotherapy uses mobilisation techniques which can be a mixture of massage, exercise and electrical therapy.

Chiropractic treatment is generally best suited for locked joints, stiff backs and restricted movements. If you’ve tried other treatments unsuccessfully then a call to a practitioner using chiropractic techniques may be the answer.

Physio’s generally treat soft tissue problems or muscle strains.

When should you consider Chiropractic based treatment for your dog ?

Certain breeds and those engaged in any type of regular sports activity (e.g. Flyball, Agility) are prone to issues. Greyhounds can suffer injury caused by running in one direction and tight cornering involved in racing. Agility dogs, which make quick turns and do lots of jumping can suffer from misalignment if they lose their footing. Breeds with long backs and those with shorter legs are also more likely to suffer issues due to their conformation. However, all dogs are at risk of injury and as most owners will appreciate the sight of a squirrel or squeaky ball will result in all care for their own well-being quickly vanishing!

For animals that have recently given birth a check-up treatment is a great idea to ensure there are no ongoing problems.

What Symptoms Should an Owner Look for?

It’s sometimes difficult to know when to call a dog chiropractor. Below are range of symptoms and Dog Massagebehaviours that are tell-tale signs of an issue. If you are in any doubt then please call or email and I’ll be happy to assist and offer advice.

  • Limping, Leg Stiffness
  • Unexplained drop in performance
  • Exhibiting signs of pain during or after exercise
  • Crying out, whimpering when getting up
  • Difficulty walking upstairs or getting into cars
  • Showing signs of discomfort when being stroked on their back
  • A reluctance to play or exercise
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive grooming
  • Heavy Panting
  • Sings of aggression when petted
  • Behavioural changes, dog becoming shy or less affectionate


The Benefits of McTimoney for Dogs

All dogs, regardless of their level of activity, can injure themselves, causing soft tissue damage, muscle tension or misalignment of joints. Sports therapy, such as McTimoney chiropractic, can be used as a one off therapy to resolve a specific issue or a regular treatment to help prevent injury and maintain performance levels.

Some of the key benefits associated with the McTimoney method are;

  • Improved joint flexibility and range of movement
  • Stride length increase and a balancing of weight load on each leg
  • Muscle elasticity increases resulting in more dynamic movement
  • Improved co-ordination, great for sports dogs
  • Improvement in blood circulation resulting in improved recovery after exercise
  • Relief from pain and discomfort
  • Dogs find the treatment relaxing and it helps decrease stress levels
  • Improved healing rates when injury does occur
  • Less muscle soreness and fatigue post exercise
  • Less chance of muscle strainsŸ

McTimoney is a whole body treatment using canine chiropractic techniques and as such the benefits are wide spread. It is fantastic treatment for rehabilitation and for preventing injury. For dogs involved in sports it improves performance, supports faster recovery and prevents many injuries from occurring.

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