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WHAT IS McTIMONEY?

The McTimoney method  was developed by the late John McTimoney in the 1950’s when  he modified his human technique to apply it specifically to animals.

Taught only at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, near Oxford, UK. It is well known for being a precise, whole body treatment. The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it especially suitable for people and animals of all ages and involves no drugs or anaesthetic.

The treatment is holistic and the whole body is assessed and treated to eliminate the cause, not just to deal with the symptomsMcTimoney is a method of gentle adjustments to the musculoskeletal system which encourages the bones which have become fixed to move back into alignment and through this process will help the nervous system to work more efficiently. The purpose of McTimoney is to realign and rebalance the body to relieve pain and discomfort, and increase mobility.

Every joint in the body has a range of movement, sometimes these joints can become fixed in a position.  The vertebrae(individual bone within the spine) in particular can suffer from becoming fixed, this can cause stiffness and a reduction in the range of movement, along with nerve impingement.

The vertebrae are there to protect the spinal cord which runs down the middle, taking vital messages to all areas of the body and returning information to the brain, in between each vertebrae there are spinal nerves branching out, taking and receiving message vital to the function of the body. 

The individual vertebrae and their surrounding tissues are assessed and misalignments felt for, if a misalignment is present the spinal nerves branching out from the vertebrae can become trapped and pinched, this impingement can cause great discomfort and an alteration in nerve and circulatory function (think of a kink in a hose pipe, the water will not come out the end of the hose effectively (the spinal nerve) and there will be a back log of pressure at the tap (the vertebrae))

McTimoney treatment involves an assessment of the whole animal; a case history, movement and gait analysis, and physical examination. Manipulation is then performed entirely by hand, it is therefore non invasive and is relatively gentle.  McTimoney works as a complimentary treatment to eliminate the cause, not just treat the symptoms, and is only carried out after veterinary permission has been received.

Treatment consists of gentle quick accurate adjustments applied to the area around the misaligned joints which release muscle spasm and allows the joint to return to its normal position.

After treatment the healing process continues for a few days and you will be advised how best to encourage this on an individual case basis.


Image examples of McTimoney assessment and manipulation can be found in horse and hound services. Pictured below are stretching exercises carried out on a case by case basis according to the needs and requirements of individual cases. 

Kate welcomes all enquiries and is happy to help, get in touch today 07816 821 863
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Stretching through legs to free up the back
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Side stretches to help improve flexibility