McTimoney is a whole body treatment using chiropractic techniques that helps to re-align and balance the musculoskeletal system.
The joints within the horses body all have a range of movement. Sometimes the joint can get ‘stuck’ at one point within this range of movement, often accompanied with muscle spasm and tension. This is what we call a misalignment and it results in a restricted movement and often soreness.
The skeletal structures of the horses back run from the skull, down the neck and across the back to the tail. The spinal cord runs down the spine and nerves branch out through all the joints in the vertebrae. These nerves then send information to all parts of the body including muscles, organs and soft tissues. If the spine is not in alignment or there is any muscle tension, then the body’s nerve supply and often blood supply can be compromised. This results in reduced function and often pain or discomfort.
The McTimoney treatment uses non-invasive techniques to correct these misalignments and restore normal function of the body’s processes.
What causes misalignments?
Most horses will at some point experience musculoskeletal problems. These are generally categorised as either acute or chronic. Acute misalignments are caused by things such as tripping, slipping or a fall, often just one incident. Chronic misalignments are from a longer-term issue such as conformation faults, an unbalanced rider, hoof imbalance, poorly fitting saddles or dental problems.
Being a whole body technique, McTimoney has a huge number of benefits. Whether we train and compete, or enjoy our horses purely for pleasure, the McTimoney treatment can enhance performance enabling you to achieve the best result possible. It will make your horse more comfortable therefore helping prevent injury and iron out behavioural and ridden issues.
A typical (first) treatment would involve the following:-
Gathering of data about your horse to determine its clinical history. This allows an accurate assessment of any relevant vet history and clinical indicators.
A static assessment to assess your horse’s conformation and condition, including identifying any lumps or bumps, which may influence their movement and performance.
A gait assessment which involves the horse being walked and trotted in straight lines, and turned in small circles (it is necessary to have a flat and firm area to do this). Sometimes it is helpful to see the horse lunged or even ridden although this is not necessary in most cases.
Palpation all over the body to check for misalignments and muscle tension/soreness. These findings will be discussed with the owner prior to any further treatment.
The treatment itself which involves low force, fast adjustments to correct misalignments allowing the body to heal from within. This is non-invasive and is readily accepted by most horses.
After the McTimoney treatment process use of an Equissage over the entire body to specifically target any problem areas. This is not typically part of the ‘McTimoney treatment’ but has been found to be extremely complementary to it.
Stretches and mobility exercises to maximise the benefit of the treatment.
Recommendation of an aftercare plan which will be discussed with the owner.
Where significant problems have been treated it is sometimes necessary for a follow-up appointment. Each horse is an individual and responds differently to treatment so this is discussed on an individual basis.
In most cases horses are treated where they are stabled, but it is also possible to bring your horse to Thorndike Livery for treatment, which some clients prefer if they don’t have suitable facilities at home. Rehab livery can also be offered here if your horse needs more regular treatments, where we can offer a variety of services to help return your horse to peak condition. Please contact to discuss this option
“Sophie is a key part in the team here at Craig Elenor Equestrian, our ponies need to be in top physical condition, and Sophie helps keep them that way. Our ponies work hard, travel the country at all the top shows, and keeping them happy and comfortable is key to our success.”
Sara Parrott, Show Pony Producer