What is Animal McTimoney Chiropractic

All animals may suffer from back, neck, pelvic and musculoskeletal problems at some time during their life. And like us, they may benefit from McTimoney treatment.

Trauma is often the most obvious cause e.g. falls, accidents, slipping etc. Modern agility competitions often include tight turns and twisty courses. Obedience involves one sided work causing imbalances and uneven muscle tone. More subtle causes are conformation problems, such as long or weak backs, excess weight and even dental problems.

The McTimoney chiropractic method has been helping animals for over forty years. It is a non-invasive technique which does not involve the use of drugs or anaesthetic. The adjustments are carried out purely by hand and most animals accept this quite readily.

Common symptoms seen in dogs that could benefit from McTimoney Chiropractic may include:

  • Absence of any resolution of the problem using conventional methods
  • Crying out when getting up
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or getting into cars
  • Lameness following a fall, accident or other trauma
  • Limb-dragging or odd, irregular action
  • Postural or behavioural changes
  • Recurrence of symptoms previously successfully treated by manipulation
  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Signs of discomfort when being stroked on their backs
  • Stiffness or pain during and after exercise
  • Stresses and strains as a result of agility training/competition racing 




McTimoney chiropractic will align and balance the animal's musculoskeletal system, so optimizing the
individual's dynamic flexibility and helping the nervous system to function at its highest level. By adjusting those misaligned joints throughout the whole body whilst paying special attention to the spine and pelvis, health, soundness and performance may be restored and maintained.

Legally chiropractors may only work with the permission of the individual’s veterinary surgeon; the reality is that often the veterinary surgeon may suggest chiropractic as part of the remedy and in practical terms this may mean working in collaboration with the veterinary team.