McTimoney for back pain in Horses and Dogs

All horses and dogs are individual and can display varied signs of back and muscle pain so it is important to gather as much information as possible before the treatment begins.


A full history of your animal will be taken to discuss the current signs and symptoms of back pain the horse or dog is displaying and to learn about the lifestyle and normal exercise routine of the animal.  This also allows the practitioner to find out about any previous veterinary treatments and accidents or injuries your animal may have suffered and to ensure there are no contraindications to the treatment and that it is safe to proceed.

Static Assessment

The conformation of your animal and its muscle mass, tone and symmetry is assessed to check for any signs of weakness or potential problem areas which could predispose horses or dogs to back pain.

Gait Analysis

The movement of your animal will be assessed in walk and trot for both horses and dogs to identify any uneven movement, stiffness and indications of back pain.  Horses will also be assessed turning tight circles and backing up.  This is also an opportunity to assess the animal if it is experiencing difficulty performing specific tasks, so it may be necessary to ride or lunge the horse or see the dog moving in different ways to fully assess and understand the problems the animal is facing.

Palpation and Treatment

The position of the vertebrae in relation to one another in the neck and back are assessed as well as the symmetry of the pelvis to identify any areas of misalignments and muscle tension and spasm.  These joint are then treated with swift light force adjustments to return them to their normal range of motion and function and to relieve the associated muscular tension allowing the animals body to begin the healing process and to move towards functioning at its optimal level again.

After The Treatment

The first 24 hours after the treatment are an important time to allow the animal's body to begin the healing process and to adjust to the changes that have been made during the treatment and to protect the back from further pain.  Horses and dogs will need to be rested and kept as quiet as possible to prevent any injury.  Exercise can then be introduced slowly building on the intensity each day until the animal is back to its normal routine.  Individual specific aftercare advice will be given to the owner after the treatment.

At least one follow up treatment is usually needed depending on the individual animal and how it responds.  Maintenance treatments are usually then carried out every three to six months depending on the workload intensity of the animal and its individual circumstances.