What to expect from a treatment for your dog or cat

Please note that it is currently a legal requirement that veterinary permission is obtained prior to any other practitioner treating your animal.

Jess's treatment works alongside conventional veterinary care, correct diet and appropriate exercise.

Your animal will be assessed, and a detailed case history recorded which takes into account their medical history, current issues, behaviour, and the work they may do amongst other things. Jess will also carry out a gait analysis

If Jess is coming to your house to treat it helps if there is a quiet, safe place to treat your animal to ensure that they are as relaxed as possible and an effective session can take place.

The treatment involves an assessment of the whole animal, focusing on the musculoskeletal system. Vertebral and pelvic misalignments are felt for, and areas of muscle tension and muscle wastage are investigated. Appropriate adjustments will be used.

 
A session can last anything between 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the nature of the problem and the appropriate course of action. The treatment is gentle and most dogs react extremely positively and enjoy the session.

Following the session specific aftercare advice will be discussed with you, and any follow up treatment planned for your dog. If you have any more questions about the treatment then please do not hesitate to contact Jess or check the FAQs page.

 

What to expect from a treatment for your horse

Please note that it is a legal requirement that veterinary permission is obtained prior to any other practitioner treating your animal.

Physical therapy works alongside conventional veterinary care, regular visits from a dental technician, correct shoeing and saddle fitting.

Jess will take a detailed case history where the horse's medical history; past and current work; current issues; tack, teeth and shoeing details; and many other details are written down. She will then carry out a static and dynamic assessment of the horse including gait analysis.

To ensure that an effective session can take place, it helps if your horse is clean and dry, and that there is a flat hard (non slippy) surface, undercover for the horse to stand on.

The treatment involves an assessment of the whole animal, focusing on the musculoskeletal system. Vertebral and pelvic misalignments are felt for, and areas of muscle tension and muscle wastage are investigated. Appropriate adjustments, massage, and passive and active stretches will be used.

The therapies that Jess uses are wholly complementary and work extremely well together. The proportion of each type of treatment used on your horse will depend totally on the nature of the problem and will be unique for each animal seen.

A session can last anything between 40 minutes to an hour depending on the nature of the problem and the appropriate course of action. The treatment is gentle and most horses react extremely positively and enjoy the session.

Following the session specific aftercare advice will be discussed with you, and an aftercare sheet provided for you. Any follow up treatment is also discussed.

Your horse will need time to allow its body to assimilate the changes that have taken place as a result of the treatment. Healing is a process that takes time, and changes in your horse’s body will begin to take place in the 24-48 hours following a session. These physiological changes can create a range of mild reactions. For more details on what these reactions can be, please look on the FAQ page. 

If you have any more questions about the treatment then please do not hesitate to contact me on 07789 964181 or via the contact page.

Back 2 Form Therapies

 

Jess uses a combination of therapies depending on the nature of the problem your animal has, and the way they react to the specific therapies. Every treatment is different and is tailored specifically for your animal, and your requirements. As a member of the McTimoney Animal Association and the International Equine Bodyworker Association Jess undertakes to complete a certain number of hours of Continued Professional Development. Jess also enjoys being able to add new skills to her 'toolkit' to enable her to address problems in a variety of ways to ensure the most effective treatment for your animal.

 

More details about the therapies Jess uses and their benefits are listed below

 

McTimoney Chiropractic

 

Sports Massage

 

McTimoney Physical Therapy

 

McTimoney physical therapy is a holistic or whole body treatment, which means that you look at the animal as a whole rather than focusing on individual parts of the body. It is a relatively gentle treatment but can have a profound effect.

 

McTimoney chiropractic was originally developed for people by John McTimoney, but in the 1950s he adjusted the treatment so that it could also be used on animals. For more than 40 years now McTimoney practitioners have been helping animals.

 

McTimoney physical therapy uses adjustments which are gentle and non-invasive to align and balance the animal’s musculoskeletal system, helping reduce pain, and restore well-being.

 

The area that is focused on is the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, and including the pelvis. It is particularly concerned with the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. The aim is to restore flexibility to the skeletal frame by realigning any misalignments in the vertebrae of the spine, and the pelvis.

 

Nerve impulses from the spinal cord can be restricted by a misaligned joint in between vertebrae leading to muscle spasm, pain, and loss of normal function. Blood flow can also be affected in the area leading to further muscle spasm.

 

Precise rapid adjustments using only the hands allow misaligned joints to return to their normal position, therefore allowing the body's own healing mechanism to restore health, soundness and performance by decreasing pain, allowing and allowing freer movement.

 

Sports Massage

 

Sports massage is used both during rehabilitation after an injury, or to help prevent injury occurring as a result of fatigue or strain. Minor muscle injuries can take up to 3 months before they become apparent by which time they may have caused a more serious injury. 

 

Prompt treatment of small injuries can help prevent more serious issues occurring and can help your horse maintain optimum performance.

 

 Massage can have the following benefits:

 

  • it increases the range of motion of the limbs
  • improves suppleness and flexibility
  • relaxes muscle spasm,
  • reduces and relieves muscle fibre adhesion
  • helps prevent further injury
  • maintains muscle tone

  • increases circulation and lymphatic drainage

  • relaxes and calms

  • improves stamina

 

 It can be extremely effectively used both pre and post competition to help the horse achieve its full potential. Stretching of soft tissue helps to prepare the muscles for strenuous activities, and improves endurance levels. It also helps the muscles recover more quickly from these activities, and helps speed repair of any damaged muscle tissue.

 

Equine sports massage works very effectively alongside McTimoney physical therapy to ensure that the horses body is best able to maintain the correct skeletal structural alignment to enable his muscles, ligaments and tendons to work to their full potential. 

 

Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy

 

Jess owns an ACTIVO-MED COMBI PRO – Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy and massage rug which she uses when needed either before or after a treatment. The rug is also available to clients for hire from Jess should they wish to use it before an important competition, or as part of a rehabilitation programme following injury.

 

Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy, also referred to as PEMF, uses a range of different frequencies to help stimulate different cells in the body, helping them to work more efficiently. Magnetic therapy is a complementary way to enhance the relief of pain. The magnets themselves do not heal – they create an environment in the body that helps speed up the natural healing process by removing inflammation and restoring circulation. It is believed this is achieved when the blood stream and nerves are stimulated as the blood passes through the magnetic field.

 

Whilst PEMF can be used day to day for general health and well being, it can also be used for rehabilitation and healing, helping to aid the repair of soft tissue injuries, reducing inflammation, for pain relief and even the healing of fractures. 

 

Acupressure

 

Jess attended the Equinology Level 1 Equine Acupressure course where she learnt the locations and uses of more than 120 equine acupressure points, twelve organ channels (meridians) and two extraordinary flows of energy. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), in order for a horse to have complete health of mind, body and spirit, he must have adequate amounts of three types of energy, known as the three treasures. If the horse is missing the correct amount or function of any of these aspects of health he will most likely experience a lack of emotional balance and/or less than optimum physical health.

 

Acupressure methods are used to support horses of any age and discipline including performance horses, horses in training, the aging horse and others. Jess often uses acupressure techniques to calm and relax animals at the start of a treatment.

 

Stress Point Therapy

 

Stress point therapy, sometimes known as Trigger Point or Accurate Therapy, is a massage technique that targets areas of muscle spasm by the application of direct pressure which creates hyperemia (an increase in circulation), followed by cross fibre friction to restore free movement of the muscle fibres.

 

 

 

 

Therapies - Dogs & Cats

How do I know if my dog/cat needs a treatment?

 

Dog and cat owners see Jess for a variety of reasons, but mainly directly as a result of veterinary referral. However, some working dogs, show dogs and agility dogs are seen regularly to ensure they are able to perform their job as effectively and comfortably as possible.

 

Symptoms that may show that your dog/cat could benefit from a treatment  include:

 

  • Difficulty in jumping into cars or climbing stairs

  • Showing discomfort or crying out when stroked along their backs

  • Crying out when getting up

  • A reluctance to play or exercise

  • An abnormal posture

  • A change in behaviour such as snapping when being stroked, or an unwillingness to sit or lie down

  • Signs of muscle atrophy (wasting) or an over development of a particular muscular area e.g. the shoulder on one side

  • A deterioration in performance in working and competition dogs

 

  • Assistance in maintaining mobility with an aging dog/cat

  • Rehabilitation following surgery or accident

  • Some lameness issues (following veterinary diagnosis of the lameness)

 

Any of the above symptoms may signify that your dog/cat would benefit from a treatment. Remember to always check with your vet first if you have any concerns about your pet's health. By law, any non veterinary therapist has to have veterinary permission before they treat your animal. 

 

 

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Effective physical therapy to help promote optimum performance, health and soundness