Like Humans, at some point in their lives animals are likely to suffer from neck, back, pelvic and musculoskeletal problems.
The McTimoney chiropractic technique, is an ethical and gentle way of treating animals; it’s relaxed approach means that most pets will accept it and actually many seem to enjoy it.
The McTimoney method is able to improve the well being and quality of life for your pet; and is suitable for all ages and activity levels.
The McTimoney technique re-aligns and balances the animal’s musculoskeletal system, which optimizes flexibility and helps the nervous system to function more efficiently. Once any misaligned joints have been targeted (especially the spine and pelvis) animals are typically more comfortable and gradually return to a more normal state of health and mobility.
McTimoney Animal Manipulators work under the guidance of Veterinary surgeons; Often the veterinary surgeon may suggest manipulation as part of the pet’s rehabilitation and in most cases the manipulator and Vet work in conjunction with one another.
The Benefits Of McTimoney;
Many animals suffer with chronic orthopaedic conditions such as osteoarthritis or hip dysplasia, which may cause compensatory effects. When animals shift their weight in such a manner it often puts excessive stress on the other joints; resulting in aches and pains. It’s cases such as this that can be significantly helped with McTimoney treatment.
If your pet shows any of the following signs, it may be worth considering treatment;
- Difficulty climbing stairs getting into cars or getting up from rest
- Signs of discomfort when being stroked or being handled
- Lack of interest to go for walks or stiffness after exercise
- Unlevel gait
What does treatment involve?
Paula carefully palpates the spine, pelvis and limbs, looking for any misalignments and assessed for any muscle wastage or dysfunction. Any problem areas are focused on using the gentle techniques which aim to correct misalignment of the joints.
Assessing animals for misalignment does not replace a Vet’s diagnosis and permission from your vet is always obtained prior to treatment to make sure other conditions are ruled out. Your pet will be referred back to your vet if limited progress or concerns are highlighted.
Low level laser therapy
Paula has been using low level laser therapy for a few years as part of the rehabilitation process where appropriate.
What is it? LLLT is a light therapy that applies light using laser and LED on injuries or lesions to improve soft tissue healing and reduce inflammation.
What does it do? The aim is for relief for both acute and chronic pain. The light targets injured cells and stimulates the healing process. LLLT aims to increase blood flow to the area being treated and as well as acting in an antiinflammatory capacity it can be used in an analgesic capacity
How is it used? LLLT is often used for a series of treatments along with the manipulation. It is generally comfortable to receive and is ideal for the animal that is acutely tender and is not happy about deep tissue work or being handled too much. Paula has used it to help tendon injuries, spinal pain and very often to help symptoms from conditions such as hip dysplasia and arthritic conditions.