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THE McTIMONEY TECHNIQUE

The McTimoney technique is used alongside soft tissue techniques in order to provide a whole body holistic treatment.

John McTimoney founded the McTimoney chiropractic techniques and adapted them across to be used on animals. This is a relatively gentle, whole body technique which aims to re align the musculoskeletal system  in order to restore and maintain health, performance and soundness. 

The horse's spine is constructed of multiple individual vertebrae which are separated by intervertebral discs. The spinal cord runs through the spine, with peripheral nerves running out from here controlling the body systems and the limbs. The structure of the spine allows for some flexibility and movement between individual vertebrae. When one of these vertebrae is no longer aligned correctly with the one adjacent, the joint can no longer move correctly within its normal range of motion and can result in nerve impingement. This is classified as a misalignment.

These misalignments can be acute in onset, caused by falls, slips, kicks, or can be caused by chronic issues such as current or previous poorly fitted tack, conformation, rider imbalance or hoof imbalance.

Quick, gentle adjustments are then applied to these misalignments in order to correct them. These adjustments encourage the surrounding muscle to relax and allow the misalignment to be corrected without the necessity for too much force.

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Signs that your horse may benefit from McTimoney include:

  • Poor performance

  • Muscle spasm

  • Difficulty bending on one rein

  • Stiffness

  • Struggling to pick up canter/struggling to pick up the correct canter lead

  • Difficulty maintaining a contact

  • Reluctance to carry out lateral work, extend or collect the gait

  • Behavioural changes

  • Reluctance to jump

  • Dipping the back/flinching away from you when being tacked up/groomed.