McTimoney is a non-invasive, holistic therapy concerned with the diagnosis, treatment
and prevention of physical disorders/imbalances in animals. During a McTimoney treatment
the whole of the animal's body is assessed for any misalignments with special attention
to the spine, as it houses and protects the spinal cord.
A minor misalignment or subluxation describes a joint that has become fixed causing
reduced range of movement in the joint, muscle spasm and nerve irritation. As well
as causing pain, discomfort and reduced performance it may also affect general health
due to irritation of the nerves exiting the spine to the rest of the body. Sometimes
there may be more subtle changes in behaviour that indicate there is a problem.
A thorough physical assessment will identify problem areas as well as areas of asymmetry
and other signs indicative of injury and compensatory movement patterns.
The most common causes for subluxations in animals are repetitive strains, slips
and falls and compensations for other conditions, although just as in humans, emotional
and chemical stressors can also put the body under strain.
How does it work?
McTimoney uses gentle manipulation techniques to adjust vertebrae and other joints
that have become misaligned. The light quick thrusts are applied to specific vertebrae,
releasing muscle spasm and restoring normal joint motion. The speed and direction
of the adjustments is what makes them so effective, rather than the use of force
and therefore most animals readily accept the treatment and have excellent results,
and owners like it because no anaesthetic or drugs are needed.