Like people, animals can suffer from back, neck, pelvic and musculoskeletal problems and can benefit from McTimoney chiropractic manipulation. Trauma is often the most obvious cause e.g. falls, accidents, slipping etc. Modern agility competitions often include tight turns and twisty courses. More subtle causes are conformation problems, such as long or weak backs, excess weight and even dental problems.
The McTimoney chiropractic method has been helping animals for over forty years. It is a non-invasive technique which does not involve the use of drugs or anaesthetic. The adjustments are carried out purely by hand and most animals accept this quite readily.
Chiropractic manipulation aligns and balances the animal's musculoskeletal system. By manipulating any misaligned joints throughout the whole body, with special attention to the spine and pelvis, it helps both to restore and maintain health, soundness and performance. It works holistically to eliminate the cause, not just to treat the symptoms, and is also particularly effective as preventative care.
In addition to trauma, including road traffic accidents, dogs can incur problems from modern competitions (greyhounds and agility dogs), and conformation (dachshunds, bassetts, etc). These include:
Cats may suffer skeletal problems from road traffic and other accidents, and develop arthritis with old age, but often respond readily to treatment.
In addition to horses, dogs and cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets etc. can also benefit from McTimoney chiropractic.
N.B. Veterinary permission must be obtained before the treatment of animals. A simple telephone call to your vet requesting permission is usually all that is required.