Treatment for Large Animals
John McTimoney developed his whole body approach to gentle manipulation in the 1950’s and modified his human techniques to apply specifically to animals.
Horses like people can suffer back, neck and muscular injuries causing pain, lack of performance and behavioural changes. Both McTimoney Manipulation and Bowen Therapy can help relieve pain and restore movement. Several treatments may be required depending on the nature of the injury suffered.
As a guide owners should consider treatment if their horse shows any of the following signs:
- Uneven wearing of shoes
- Changes of temperament/ Uncharacteristic behaviour
- Deterioration of perfomance
- Unlevelness, disunited gait or irregular action
- Stiffness on one rein in horses
- Sore or cold backs in horses
- Uneven muscle development
- Unexplained resistances such as rearing, bucking, refusing fences
Horses can injure their backs by getting cast, pulling back when tied up, slipping on roads or down hills and from badly fitting tack. A rider with a back problem can affect the balance of the horse causing them to compensate as well as a horse with unbalanced feet and shoes. It is advisable to treat both horse and rider to prevent problems recurring.
McTimoney Manipulation aims to realign the skeletal frame and reduce muscle spasm which is affecting the horse's movement and performance. Full alignment can usually be achieved within a treatment and rehabilitaion exercise are used to help maintain the changes made.
Equine Bowen Therapy is a subtle and relaxing treatment which reduces muscle spasm by using fingers and thumbs on precise points to apply a rolling action to release the muscles, ligaments and tendons. During the treatment , there are two minute intervals when the horse is left to rest, while the body uses these gentle moves to allow adjustments to take place.
Treatment is undertaken with veterinary approval.
Dianne started treating 'Juno' my older horse for stiffness which was due to arthritis and I saw a vast improvement in her mobility, which saw her well into her late twenties. My younger horse Phoebe came down with laminitis in 2007. Dianne treated her frequently for stiffness and I am [ More ]
Dianne started treating 'Juno' my older horse for stiffness which was due to arthritis and I saw a vast improvement in her mobility, which saw her well into her late twenties. My younger horse Phoebe came down with laminitis in 2007. Dianne treated her frequently for stiffness and I am convinced that her recovery period was helped due to Dianne’s treatments. In July of 2008, we won our first Supreme Championship at our first show….wow!!
Phoebe was diagnosed in March 2009 with bone spavin, but with careful husbandry/shoeing/diet/work and the help of Dianne, Phoebe pulled through and has been competing at Riding Club level in all three disciplines with huge success.
A few months ago, Phoebe managed to get her hay net off the wall and her hind legs caught up in it. A frantic phone call later, and Dianne gave me some over-the-phone advice whilst she arranged to re-visit. Two weeks later, two wins at our local Hunter trials and an amazing weekend at Hartpury proved that whatever Dianne had done, had worked…..a sound horse. I can honestly say, that without Dianne’s continued support and treatments, I would not be competing Phoebe at this level, if competing at all. Her knowledge and advice is second to none
Amy was our first alpaca and very dear to my wife Sue and I, but she was never the strongest and suffered from a slight curvature of the spine. During her last pregnancy she appeared to be having difficulty and the birth was a difficult one which left her with [ More ]
Amy was our first alpaca and very dear to my wife Sue and I, but she was never the strongest and suffered from a slight curvature of the spine. During her last pregnancy she appeared to be having difficulty and the birth was a difficult one which left her with a prolapsed uterus. She started to have trouble getting into the Cush position and could only get so far down before falling to the side. She had also difficulty going to the toilet. Our vet prescribed pain killers and she had a full examination and a full set of bloods for testing, all of which gave no clues as to what was happening.
Our vet said if she showed no further improvement then we would have to consider having her put to sleep. A breeder friend asked if we had thought about McTimoney - we had never heard of that before but were willing to try anything given the prognosis. We looked it up and found Dianne Bradshaw.
Dianne was very professional and explained clearly what she was going to do and started treatment. Amy does not like to be handled by humans and her instinct is to take flight. Dianne had an amazing effect on Amy who seemed to know she was trying to help her and was so relaxed she was almost asleep as Dianne treated her.
To cut a long story short I was not expecting much and truthfully thought we were wasting our time, but thought any treatment was better than the alternative on offer. I was very quickly made to eat my words, Amy started to get up and down without falling over in the first week and then was able to so normally. After a few weeks her prolapse had improved to almost normal, and her spine had straightened out. I would not have believed it possible without witnessing it myself, Dianne worked wonders for Amy and transformed her life for her, I have since recommended Dianne to a number of breeders, and in fact when my wife Sue injured her back, Dianne was the first person I called with equally good results but that’s another story