Like people, dogs can suffer from back, neck and musculoskeletal pain and can benefit from having McTimoney treatment. Your dog might be a domestic pet or a working animal; both are prone to injury - different causes but the same outcome - joints and muscles stretched to the limit of their normal range.

When to get your dog treated:
Most owners will notice a change in behaviour and notice signs of pain and discomfort. As a guide you should consider seeking treatment if your dog displays any of the following signs:
• Signs of discomfort when being stroked on their backs
• A reluctance to exercise
• Stiffness or pain after exercise
• Difficulty climbing stairs or getting into cars
• Signs of discomfort or pain after an accident - where alternative causes have been ruled out
• Unexpected behaviour and temperament change
• Reluctance to play
• Crying/yelping on movement 
• Difficulty getting up or down
• A reduction in performance, jumping ability or speed

Misalignments can be caused by:
• Pulling on the lead
• Trauma such as a knocks and falls
• Repetitive strains from agility, racing or working ( eg police and guide dogs)
• Playing (tug, frisbee)
• Compensation, for example an elderly dog who is slightly stiff, might walk differently and end up with a back pain as a consequence
 • Conformational defects

If your dog is older and has arthritis he may well adopt a posture that stresses his musculo-skeletal system, causing pain and discomfort. Treatment will help, but it is important not to upset a longstanding compensation and I will take this into account when treating him/her.

What does the McTimoney Treatment involve?
A full assessment of your dog will take place along with a full case history taken. A full assessment will be carried out, focusing on the spine, pelvis and other relevant joints.
Misalignments are then treated using only the hands and therefore the treatment is non invasive. The treatment is relatively gently and aims to restore and maintain health, soundness and performance.

Before any treatment takes place you need to consult your veterinary surgeon as it is illegal for a non-veterinary practitioner to treat an animal without approval. Most veterinary surgeons will happily give their permission.

To book a treatment, call Kate today on 07816 821 863


      Assessment of the neck
      Assessment of the spine