Dianne Bradshaw

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Practitioner of the McTimoney and Bowen techniques for relief of pain in humans and animals

Treatments for Small Animals

Cats and dogs, 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 the animal’s pain and restore movement. Several treatments may be required depending on the nature of the injury suffered.

McTimoney Manipulation is a very gentle treatment which aims to realign the skeletal frame using small adjustments which are readily received by all small animals. Dogs will usually be very relaxed during the treatment and will sleep for hours following while cats are usually treated at their home to keep the treatment close to their usual environment and reduce stress.

Bowen Therapy is even more gentle for small animals and most are usually fast asleep by the end of the treatment! It uses gentle movements with fingers or thumb over precise points on the body which aim to release muscle spasm, reduce pain and allow fine adjustments to take place.

Cats will usually require treatment after severe trauma or accident as they are generally resiliant and always land on four paws! Dogs, however, are more active either playing roughly with other dogs or chasing balls and frisbees or being used for activities such as agility or flyball. Usually the first sign of discomfort will be shown when grooming or stroking them and they may move away from the pressure or avoid contact due to pain.

As a guide owners should consider treatment if their animal shows any of the following signs:

  • Uneven wearing of claws in small animals
  • Changes of temperament/ Uncharacteristic behaviour
  • Unlevelness or irregular action
  • Dogs showing stiffness after resting
  • Dogs reluctant to go walks or play as usual
  • Uneven muscle development
  • Refusing agilty fences or jumping up to greet owner
  • History of trauma eg. Rough play with other dogs,
  • getting stuck under a stile, collision with door or fence.

Treatment is undertaken with veterinary approval.

Testimonials

My black cat "Dolly Mix" had torn her cruciate ligaments in her left hind leg and needed surgery to repair them which was successful but left her with restricted movement and looking very depressed and quiet in herself. I found Dianne at a meeting I attended and asked if  [ More ]

My black cat "Dolly Mix" had torn her cruciate ligaments in her left hind leg and needed surgery to repair them which was successful but left her with restricted movement and looking very depressed and quiet in herself. I found Dianne at a meeting I attended and asked if she thought her Bowen treatment would help her improve and after only a few hours of her first treatment I could already see changes beginning to show. By the next day I had My "Dolly" and her personality back again - joyful and happy as she was before her accident.

Her mobility improved over the next month and by her 3rd treatment she was able to go up and downstairs again, jump onto the bed and sofa and was racing around the garden and scratching at her favourite tree stumps!

She has not had treatment for 6 years now but this year she was looking very uncomfortable with her back arched upwards so I called Dianne again and a single treatment brought her back to being flatter and relaxed and she was her old self again.

I also used Dianne for my other cat "Minimus" who suddenly started walking very strangely with his back and hind legs much lower than his front and immediately after his gentle Bowen treatment he walked completely straight again.

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Liz Chapman

Our boxer dog 'Sid' was diagnosed with spondylosis of the spine just before his 3rd birthday. Symptoms included, stiffness, persistent lameness & muscle wastage in his right hind leg.We needed to find a treatment to redress the situation as much as possible, (the alternative was prescribed pain killers). Bowen treatment  [ More ]

Our boxer dog 'Sid' was diagnosed with spondylosis of the spine just before his 3rd birthday. Symptoms included, stiffness, persistent lameness & muscle wastage in his right hind leg.

We needed to find a treatment to redress the situation as much as possible, (the alternative was prescribed pain killers). Bowen treatment & Dianne were recommended to us by a reputable dog trainer, so , with the approval of the orthopaedic vet we booked Sid in. Sid had 6 treatments over the first 3 months and made significant improvements, the lameness and stiffness noticeably reduced.

We are now 3 years on and visit Dianne every 3 months for 'top up' treatment to keep Sid aligned. He has no muscle wastage now & the stiffness & lameness is very rarely seen. Nobody would know he had the condition!

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Abi Handley

My lovely Lurcher / Lab cross who when only still young, about 5 years old began to suffer from pain when he woke up from a sleep. He would sleep well but as he began to uncurl and try to stretch he would squeal and show signs of pain. This  [ More ]

My lovely Lurcher / Lab cross who when only still young, about 5 years old began to suffer from pain when he woke up from a sleep. He would sleep well but as he began to uncurl and try to stretch he would squeal and show signs of pain. This would then diminish as he started moving. We went to the vet and spent a fortune getting x rays only to be told it was not arthritis and they did not have an explanation.

So I called Dianne and she made her first visit to see Slim. He was very wary at first and was not very welcoming to Dianne as he was in so much pain, but after the first couple of Bowen moves he began to relax and he was so much improved. He has had several other treatments over the years as he would put his pelvis out of line when playing ball/catch and chasing around after swimming in water. He is now nearly 12 and his quality and length of life has been because of Dianne's care and attention. My other wonderful dog, Max, a Golden Retriever, also had Dianne's care when he suffered from Vestibular Syndrome. Once the falling over had subsided he was left with a head tilt to one side that the vet said would probably be permanent. So cute though it was to see him looking at me in a quizzical way, I knew it would not be doing his neck or spine any good.

So Dianne came to see him and after a couple of treatments with Bowen he was looking straight again and all the tension in his back and shoulders left over from the Vestibular was taken away and he was again able to lollop along happily.

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M. Young