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McTimoney Chiropractic for Animals

Animals suffer from back, neck, pelvic and musculoskeletal problems and they can benefit from McTimoney treatment.

The McTimoney technique 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.


The treatment of animals is currently regulated under the Veterinary Act. All of our Chiropractors have been trained in McTimoney techniques for animals and hold either a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Animal Manipulation.

For more than 40 years, those trained in McTimoney animal techniques have been helping horses, dogs, cats and farm animals – the range of animals treated has even widened to include some ‘exotic’ species.

The whole body is assessed and treated to eliminate the cause, not just to deal with the symptoms. Treatment requires the approval of the owner’s veterinary surgeon unless the treatment is for a wellness or performance issue: a growing number of vets now refer cases to McTimoney trained animal practitioners.

What are the signs that my animal needs chiropractic treatment?

There are several indicators that suggest your animal may benefit from McTimoney treatment:

  • Lameness after a fall or accident
  • Changes in behaviour, performance or temperament
  • Limb dragging or odd irregular action
  • Discomfort or crying out when getting up
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or getting into cars (not horses!)
  • Signs of discomfort when being stroked/groomed
  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Stiffness or pain after exercise
  • Absence of resolution of the problem using conventional methods

animal-chiropractic-2What can you expect from our first session?

Initially we will take a case history. This will include details of current and past injuries or problems, changes in behaviour and an impression of your animals exercise regime and general life style.
The spine, pelvis and other relevant areas will be analysed and appropriate adjustments made.

Finally after treatment we will discuss with you the appropriate after care requirements and suggest when another session might be appropriate.

How many treatments will my animal need?

You can expect a minimum of two treatments given approximately within 7-14 days.

Further treatments may be needed but the number will depend on several factors including:

  • age
  • extent of problem
  • duration of problem
  • general fitness
  • lifestyle / activities