“Amazing lady, has helped my mare so much to strengthen her back I am now able to ride her again!” Katie and Lolly
McTimoney practitioners are skilled therapists who have undertaken a three year undergraduate degree, and a three year postgraduate degree. A large part of the training involves identifying common diseases and conditions, in order for the treatment given to be safe for the patient. Any signs of clinical disease are identified and referred back to the vet for proper assessment and treatment.
This ensures the animal is getting the right treatment from the correct professional. I also refer to hydrotherapists, dentists, farriers, saddle fitters and other allied professionals where necessary.
Often times I am called to an animal that the owner believes is just a little stiff or out of sorts, but on further investigation is actually lame or ill. It is at this point that I will discuss with the owner the need to refer back to the vet for treatment for a specific condition.
It is illegal for paraprofessionals to diagnose and treat conditions that require veterinary attention, this is the job of the vet.
Once the condition has been successfully diagnosed by the vet, we can then work together to resolve the issue. Your vet is an expert in medical and surgical intervention. My expertise is to rehabilitate tissues back to full working condition once the underlying condition has been treated or indentified. Sometimes this will mean gentle treatments and rehabilitation advice alongside veterinary intervention. Sometimes this means waiting until the initial issue has resolved before I can help with the rehabilitation, it all depends on the condition.
It certainly doesn’t mean that I can’t or won’t help, just that the vet needs to intervene first.
Why use me if I refer to the vet.
Like ALL complimentary therapies, McTimoney isn’t a miracle cure for lameness. If your therapist says they can cure joint related lameness, then they are poorly trained and you will most likely spend lots of money with a poor outcome. It is in the animals best interest that at least pain relief is given, which needs to be administered by a vet.
So why use me at all?
Research has shown that using pain relief alone for musculoskeletal conditions is not as effective as using manual therapy. You should also be aware that because animals walk on four legs it is easy for them to shift weight to another leg if they feel pain, tension or discomfort somewhere. However, once the pain is resolved, they do not return to using their bodies with their weight spread evenly over their legs. They continue to move in the new compensating way. In the long term this can lead to tight, overused, painful muscles in some areas of the body and weak, underused muscles elsewhere. This imbalance can actually lead to joint breakdown in the long run and progressive lameness. The only way to redress this imbalance is to treat the musculoskeletal system and use rehabilitative exercises to bring balance back to the body.
Treating with McTimoney before diagnosis.
In some rare instances it may be necessary to use McTimoney to remove compensatory patterns in order to identify more clearly where a lameness is coming from. This is only ever undertaken with the treating vets express permission along with the owner.
Removing the compensatory patterns can help pin point the extent and primary location of a lameness to aid diagnosis, especially with an unusual presentation of lameness.