Signs and Causes

Below are listed some of the common signs that your horse or dog will exhibit when they are suffering from back discomfort and could benefit from McTimoney treatment, and along with this there are listed some of the common causes of back and musculoskeletal discomfort.

Although this section is based around horses and dogs most animals readily benefit from McTimoney treatment.

Horse – common symptoms shown

  • Uneven or irregular action
  • Uneven wear of shoes
  • Looking or feeling un-level, especially behind
  • Sore or cold backed, unwillingness to be mounted
  • Unexplained deterioration in performance
  • Asymmetry – such as stiffness on one rein
  • Uncharacteristic changes, such as bucking or rearing
  • Unexplained resistance, such as napping and refusing jumps
  • Uneven muscle development or atrophy
  • Carrying tail to one side
  • A lack of impulsion or unwillingness to go forward

Horse – common causes of back discomfort

  • Poorly fitting tack
  • Accidents e.g. falls, trips off the trailer, slips in the field etc.
  • Rider imbalance
  • Underlying dental or orthopaedic conditions
  • Sudden increase in workload/competitive activity resulting in overexertion
  • Conformational defects
  • Poor foot balance and incorrect shoeing
  • Lameness compensation and recovery
  • Insufficient warm up and cool down process

Dog – common symptoms shown

  • Difficulty getting up, climbing stairs or getting into cars
  • Signs of discomfort when being stroked over the back
  • Reluctance to exercise or reduced performance
  • Stiffness or pain after exercise
  • Uneven gait
  • Uneven pad or claw wear
  • Sudden reluctance to be groomed
  • Uneven muscle development or atrophy
  • Irregular or uneven action

Dog – common causes of back discomfort

  • Underlying issues such as orthopaedic conditions, breed predispositions and obesity
  • Overstress due to work load/discipline
  • Accidents e.g. falling, slipping on hard floors etc.
  • Rough play
  • Training methods e.g. incorrect/overuse of training aids
  • Conformational defects