Full history of the animal – A full and detailed history will be taken for each animal including any previous injuries in order to gain as much information as possible giving the practitioner an idea as to where the problem may be and what the cause may be. This process also allows any contraindications to be picked up.
Static and dynamic assessment – The animal’s conformation will be assessed followed by a gait assessment at walk and trot which will show up any signs of lameness or unlevelness. It also allows the practitioner to see how the animal carries itself which may indicate specific areas of tension. In some cases, it may be useful to view the horse ridden.
Palpation of the spine and pelvis to identify any misalignments or surrounding muscle tension.
Treatment using the McTimoney technique – Any misalignments are then treated using fast, precise adjustments which also help to reduce any muscle tension around these areas.
Aftercare advice is given which usually involves a day or two of rest and then a gradual re-introduction to work, however this is tailored to each individual’s needs.
Depending on the nature of the misalignments found, the horse may require further treatment. Regular check ups are recommended in order to prevent potential problems and maintain optimum musculoskeletal heath and performance.