The McTimoney Treatment
The McTimoney treatment was developed by John McTimoney from the therapy he used on people. The treatment is holistic and considers the whole body.
The practitioner will assess the dog by asking a detailed record card and watching him move before palpating the body. They will be feeling for misalignments along the spine, for areas of muscle tension and symmetry. The spinal column houses the spinal cord from which nerves branch off and exit between the vertabral joints. If the vertabrae are misaligned the joint spaces will not be as large and irritation or impingement of the nerves may occur. As these nerves feed the whole body the treatment can have an overall effect on health as well as back pain.
Misalignments are bones that are stuck within their natural range of motion. Often muscle spasm is also involved but it is difficult to tell which comes first.
The adjustments are fast and made across specific boney landmarks. As well as putting energy into the bone the adjustments stimulate the muscle reflex which contracts and relaxes aiding release of the bone.
Misalignments can be caused by acute situations such as falls or traffic accidents or more often chronically by things such as constant pulling on the lead, rough play with friends or repetative training. Symptoms your dog may show are an unlevel gait, stiff when they get up or a dislike of being touched in certain areas.
As the treatment can release toxins into the system the dog may sometimes need to drink more water. They may also sleep more initially as the body responds, this is because healing is a process and not an event.
Specific aftercare depends on the individual but it may be necessary to keep the dog quiet for a few days immediately after treatment. This is to allow the treatment to take full effect.