McTimoney-Corley Animal Spinal Therapists should request that you ask
your vet's permission first. You may be asked to sign a disclaimer to
say that you have done this - this is both for your animal's and the
arrival the Spinal Therapist will ask a wide variety of questions,
regarding any worries, concerns or problems you have experienced in
relation to your animal.
is likely that they will request to see your animal move at walk and/or
a faster pace, to identify any lameness and possible gait abnormalities.
Spinal Therapist will then begin to examine your animal more thoroughly
firstly to identify any abnormalities e.g., lumps, bumps, old injuries,
muscle wastage etc. They will then use their palpation skills to feel
for muscle tension, spasms, pain and skeletal misalignments in the
spinal area. Besides palpating the spine, they will also check joints
for appropriate range of motion.
Spinal Therapist will then begin to apply appropriate manipulation
adjustments. These adjustments help to relieve pressure on the nerves,
free-up muscle tension/spasm and enable re-alignment of the spine,
thereby reducing pain. This allows the body to function normally, to its
optimum, so it is free to heal itself.
are the advantages of a treatment
Spinal Therapists have many positive offerings, helping the body restore
itself to normal without the use of drugs or surgery. Equine spinal core
is essential for the trainer who wants that advantage on the track, for
the weekend equestrian who wants a smoother ride and the dressage
competitor who requires more flexibility.
Whilst horses are strong and capable of carrying us, they have to
contend with us being at a 90 degree angle on top of them. We then ask
them to jump for us, run races, work in collection and dance to music.
Ill-fitting saddlery, injury through trauma, stress and over-exertion
through performance, digestive upset, illness, joint problems, disease,
bad shoeing and dentistry are also some other examples that can lead to
back problems. The wearing of head collars can often cause neck
injuries, especially if the head collar doesn't break (nylon) in a panic
do I know if my animal has a back problem?
can regularly exhibit the following behaviours or problems as a result
of experiencing back pain:
Jumping fast and flat over fences instead of basculing properly, or
uncharacteristically starting to refuse altogether.
Unwillingness to work on the bit, or on a circle and hollowing the
Reluctance or inability to stike off on the correct leading leg in
Reduced impulsion from behind, sometimes dragging the toes.
Becoming aggressive e.g., bucking, rearing, kicking or biting in order
to avoid being ridden.
Showing reluctance or sensitivity to being saddled and/or bridled, and
not wanting to stand still whilst being mounted.
Displaying signs of misery and/or depression and a general
overall reduction in performance.
all horses from family ponies to top performance athletes in all