Horse & Animal Chiropractic

The McTimoney Chiropractic treatment is a relatively gentle technique. This is because it is a 'high velocity, low altitude' action, i.e. although the hand(s) move fast, there is very little 'blow'. It works because the action is faster than the muscle's ability to react so no effort is required to overcome the muscle's unwillingness to move. Also the action is directly over the joint being adjusted so there is little dissipation of energy into other tissues. Almost every joint in the body is treated in the same way, although various techniques are used depending on the accessibility of the individual joint. Although usually little or no pain is involved during the treatment, the next day can be a different story.

The spine has natural curves from 'front to back' but not from side to side. If the spine has a curve to one side, then the muscles on the inside of the curve will have shortened and on the outside they will have lengthened. With the subluxations corrected the spine will tend to straighten, how much depending on how long it has been in an incorrect position as well as other factors. The short muscles will 'complain' at being worked harder whilst the long muscles may have some build-up of toxins which are released by the treatment. The former may cause stiffness and soreness and the latter a muzzy head. Many things cause subluxations.

Wendy Willetts is a Human and Animal Chiropractor, treating people, horses, dogs, and other pets. She is registered with the GCC , specialising in a combination Human and Animal Chiropractic based skills, primarily assessing back pain, lameness, and other pain management issues in the biped and quadruped.

Worldwide, chiropractic for animals is already a strongly established specialist form of chiropractic, and it is growing rapidly. Animal chiropractic is a combination of science and healing art which helps the body restore itself to proper health without the use of drugs or surgery. In this country the main animals that are presented for treatment are horses and dogs.

Chiropractic does not replace traditional Veterinary Medicine and surgery, but rather provides a complimentary method of care. Chiropractic adjustments have proven to be invaluable in detecting and treating gait abnormalities and other performance problems in the animal. It has also been proven to alleviate pain in the back and neck.

All registered chiropractors have to, by law, consult or have permission from your veterinarian to treat your animal. This is in line the Veterinary Act. This is in place to protect your animal, and is in order to maintain the highest level of care possible for the animal.

Many practitioners require that you notify your vet prior to consultation, and this will be made clear when the appointment is made.

What can Chiropractic Help?

Some misalignment in dogs and horses can result in abnormal nerve function, which can give behavioural problems, gait problems or lameness.
Dogs that do agility and who chase balls or Frisbees can suffer from subluxations, as can dogs that jump in and out of cars, play with other dogs etc. Twisting between poles, jumping, etc. also puts quite a strain on the back

Symptoms of possible problems of dogs that may require chiropractic therapy include:


Horse Symptoms

Traumas, such as: falls ,stumbles , slips , getting cast , Repetitive strain, caused by: badly fitting tack , poor foot balance , poor shoeing , incorrect riding etc can all cause horses to have subluxations and require treatments.

Possible Symptoms in the Horse

The Treatment

Wendy will travel to where the dog or horse is kept so that a thorough examination can be carried out. Once Veterinary permission has been obtained the assessment begins with a discussion of the horse or dogs history and current symptoms. This is followed by palpation to discover any muscle spasm or soreness of joints in the spine or pelvis. Passive range of movement is also assessed. The horse or dogs movement is assessed, including straight line at walk and trot, turning and backing up.

Many of us will seek chiropractic therapy for our animal once symptoms first appear. However, regular chiropractic care before problems develop is equally important. It is also important to have regular maintenance sessions carried out on your animals to ensure muscles, ligaments and tendons remain supple so that subluxations are kept to a minimum.

It is thought that spinal manipulation may slow progressive degenerative changes that occur as the animal ages. So in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise, chiropractic therapy can help reduce the advancement of osteo arthritic disorders.

Chiropractic therapy performed on a regular basis can also help to maintain the health of the delicate tissues of the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to a well-adjusted spine, which is important for health and well being.

It must be remembered that if your horse or dog has been adjusted it will need a couple of days of quiet for the healing process to take place. An After Care plan will be given after the treatment to ensure the maximum benefit for the animal. If a horse has been adjusted it is always a good idea for the owner to also be adjusted as it may be that misalignments within the owners’ body have caused the symptoms within the horses body and vice versa.

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