Animal manipulation was first introduced by John McTimoney DC in the early 1970s, the technique was refined by Hugh Corley DC (OSC) later in that decade. In the 1980s, animal treatment was further developed and expanded by Shelagh James-Hudson DC (WSC).
McTimoney-Corley therapy is a gentle spinal manipulation technique to bring the horse’s body back into alignment and relieve any associated pain or discomfort. Used very successfully for many years to treat human conditions such as back, neck and joint pain, stiffness in limbs and restricted movement, the McTimoney-Corley technique has now been adapted very successfully to treat animals.
It is no surprise that horses can very often suffer musculo-skeletal problems. Whilst they are strong and capable of carrying humans on their backs, riders are often unbalanced which causes stress and pain to the horse’s back.
Horses are then asked them to jump , race and work in collection often whilst wearing Ill-fitting saddlery, they suffer injury through trauma, stress and over-exertion , digestive upset, illness, joint problems, disease, bad shoeing and dentistry the lists are endless any or all of these identified issues can lead to spinal and other bio-mechanical problems .
Typically used in conjunction with massage, stretching and exercise, McTimoney-Corley therapy is beneficial to horses of all ages and performance levels. It is also beneficial to use the treatment as regular “maintenance” to keep your horse in peak physical condition. The treatment can improve joint and muscle function and allow the nervous system to function correctly.
Typical signs of misalignment for horses might include:
- Stiffness on one rein, or an uneven stride
- Unwilling to work through from behind
- Disunited in canter
- Uneven shoe wear
- Napping or bucking
- Refusing to jump or jumping to one side
- Changes in behaviour
- Cold or sore back
- Reduced performance
- Inability to stand square
- Chronic/Compensatory problems
- ALSO if your horse is suffering with sinus problems
Using a series of highly refined and careful movements, BBET will work across the whole body of the horse adjusting and balancing the muscular system. These movements help to relieve pressure on the nerves, help relieve muscle spasm and pain and realign the vertebrae in the spine.
At each therapy session, the horse’s whole skeleton is treated and any misaligned bones are not forced back into place, but are coaxed gently into position by adjustments that encourage soft tissue release and encouraging natural healing.
The treatments take approximately 2hrs and include both a static and dynamic assessment.
As an AMCST member I follow a Code of Ethics for Animal Practitioners.
AS an animal practitioner I respect and conform with The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and The Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962, to work within the confines of the law and to ensure clients are aware of these requirements
I am obliged to explain to the client that I must gain prior veterinary approval before any treatment commences.