Welcome visitor you can login or create an account.

The Treatment

Like people, animals suffer from back, neck, pelvic and musculoskeletal problems and they can benefit from McTimoney treatment.

The McTimoney technique aligns and balances the animal's musculoskeletal system. By manipulating any misaligned joints throughout the whole body, with special attention to the spine and pelvis, it helps both to restore and maintain health, soundness and performance.



McTimoney Animal Practitioners are trained to work closely with your vet to ensure that your animal receives the best and most appropriate care. See below for more details on obtaining veterinary permission before having your animal treated.

  • What is the McTimoney Approach for Animals?
  • What does McTimoney Treatment Involve?
  • What can McTimoney Treatment Help?
  • When to Seek Help?

What is the McTimoney Approach for Animals?

t1imageIt is a non-invasive holistic treatment which works to realign and balance the animal's musculoskeletal system, restoring health and movement, soundness and performance. Most animals readily accept the treatment, and owners like it because no anaesthetic or drugs are needed.
John McTimoney developed the approach in the 1950s, modifying his human chiropractic technique to apply specifically to animals. Today, the McTimoney MSc in Animal Manipulation is the only validated course in Europe in teaching techniques for adjusting animals, and is open to suitably qualified people who wish to work with animals. Upon completion of the course, graduates are qualified to offer animals manipulative therapy based on the original McTimoney technique and approach.

What does McTimoney Treatment Involve?

t2imageThe practitioner will take a detailed case history, with details of the injury or change in behaviour and an impression of the animal's exercise pattern and general lifestyle.
Firstly, the spine, pelvis and any other relevant joints are analysed for any misalignments or spasm
in the associated muscles. The problem areas are then treated with very precise and rapid adjustments to correct the misalignment and reduce any muscle spasm.
Practitioners only use their hands for analysis and treatment, and have a very finely tuned sense of touch capable of detecting the smallest misalignment.

Aftercare usually involves rest and/or limited exercise for a few days. The animal may require several treatments, depending on the nature of its injury, and it is recommended that animals receive regular check-ups to help maintain optimum performance and health as a preventative measure.

What can McTimoney Treatment Help?

t3imageMcTimoney treatment can help relieve an animal's pain and restore movement after they've injured themselves. In the vast majority of cases, McTimoney practitioners see animals that have suffered injury due to a trauma such as an accident, fall, bump or collision. However, problems
can also be caused due to issues such as excess weight and, conformation defects in dogs, or incorrect foot balance saddle fitting issues, or rider imbalance in the case of horses.

Particular breeds and working dogs can, in addition, suffer injury due to the nature of their work. For example, greyhounds are at risk of injury from running on a tight track in one direction, whilst agility dogs can be injured if they encounter a particularly difficult obstacle. Long backed and short-legged breeds are also susceptible to injury.

A check up treatment can also be beneficial in ensuring an animal has no problems after it has given birth.

When to Seek Help?

t4imageMcTimoney practitioners rely on the owner's observations and the veterinary surgeon's subsequent referrals. Indications in animals vary and most owners will recognise when their animal is in pain, or showing signs of distress. As a guide owners should consider seeking treatment if their
animal displays any of the following signs:


  • Crying out when getting up
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or getting into cars
  • Signs of discomfort when being stroked on their backs
  • A reluctance to exercise
  • Stiffness or pain after exercise


  • Unlevelness, especially behind
  • Uneven wear of shoes
  • Sore or cold backs, uneven pressure from saddles or the saddle slipping to one side
  • Unexplained deterioration in usual performanc
  • Asymmetry, such as stiffness on one rein, or a disunited canter
  • Unexplained resistances, such as napping, rearing, refusing, bucking, etc.
  • Uneven muscle development or atrophy

In General Other Indications Can Include:

  • Lameness after a fall or accident where alternative causes have been ruled out
  • Uncharacteristic changes in behaviour, performance or temperament
  • Limb-dragging or odd, irregular action
  • Recurrence of symptoms previously successfully treated by manipulation
  • Absence of any resolution of the problem using conventional methods
  • Rehabitition after acute trauma for horses, dogs and cats

Veterinary Permission

An owner must always consult their veterinary surgeon BEFORE seeking McTimoney treatment as it is illegal for anyone to treat an animal without a veterinary surgeon's approval. Most vets are aware of the benefits of complementary treatments for animals and will readily give their permission for the animal to be adjusted.