Hi, I’m Laura Davey and I am a McTimoney Animal practitioner trained to use chiropractic technique on animals. I trained at Writtle College undertaking a degree in Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation but moving on to study towards my MSc Animal Manipulation at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic. I offer a full chiropractic and soft tissue assessment (Following Veterinary Approval), treatment and follow up advice, to ensure your horse is free from pain and discomfort.
The McTimoney technique is a gentle non-invasive holistic treatment which works to resolve dysfunction and balance the musculoskeletal system using non-invasive high velocity, low amplitude adjustments.
These gently adjustments can help to restore health, movement, soundness and performance as they can aide in the release of restrictions within muscles and connective tissue. This can help improve the range of motion in the joints and may help remove the associated pain and discomfort within tissues. Moreover, these movements are of a gently nature so are generally readily accepted by animal’s.
McTimoney Chiropractic is a whole-body technique, which means that the whole body is assessed and treated, not just the area of pain and discomfort. This is because the area that may be most affected by pain or discomfort may be as a result of a problem in another part of the body, i.e. it is compensating for another area. Henceforth, adjustments using the McTimoney method promote the animal to have a more balanced movement and therefore works to increase soundness and performance in all areas of the body. In this way, treatment can be conducted to combat particular issues or a general maintenance treatment for both leisure and performance animals.
However, Chiropractic treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine, although it can provide treatment options for underlying problems or pathologies as well as treating biomechanical-related musculoskeletal disorders. Therefore, all work must be done under Veterinary supervision because of the exemptions order (2015) of the Veterinary Act which states the vet is the primary carer.
There are many indications that your horse might benefit from a treatment. Some of the most common ones include…
General lack of performance
Poorly fitting tack/collar or harness
An animal suffering from a slip, trip, fall or operation
Not happy jumping over fences.
Any animal that has regular ‘tough’ exercise
Asymmetrical muscle development
An unexplained change in behavior or temperament
A horse that is ‘stiff’ on one rein or has trouble bending/tracking up
If your horse doesn’t like being tacked up or having its girth done up
Uneven wear on a horses shoes
Not only would Mctimoney be suitable for supporting your horse's existing conditions, but I strive to prevent pain from reoccurring, through maintenance checks and ensuring that your horses musculoskeletal system is at its optimum. I strive to help you improve their quality of life, achieve performance goals, and enable them to live their best possible lives!