Canine Therapy and Rehabilitation

Sam Barrett offers unique skills to her canine clients. A combination of McTimoney Chiropractic therapy and Galen Natural Progression® (GNP®) Canine Exercise Physiology is the ultimate 'whole dog' approach to treatment, rehabilitation and natural development of your dog.

Whilst McTimoney Chiropractic realigns the entire spine, rebalances the shoulders and pelvis and mobilises the joints throughout the body, GNP® takes this a step further by analysing the dogs movement, then selecting appropriate gentle stabilizing and strengthening exercises for your dog.

McTimoney Chiropractic

Dogs that enjoy and active lifestyle, participate in sports or are worked can be prone to injury, to tension in certain muscles groups and be prone to misalignment and back problems which can be helped by McTimoney treatment.

3 Photographs of Sam Barrett manipulating dogs using McTimoney therapy

How do I know if my dog is suffering back pain?

The following are indications that your dog may be in pain:

There are many causes of musculoskeletal issues in dogs. Direct trauma, falls, and operations are the obvious causes. Perhaps less obvious and more common causes are due to small and repetitive traumas, which can lead to compensation mechanisms, postural changes and gait abnormalities. If left, unchecked muscle spasm, lameness, loss of performance and even acute injury to joints and soft tissues can occur.

Other causes include:

Consultation and Treatment

Before treatment commences, veterinary consent is required. In most cases this is simply a phone call from the owner to your veterinary surgeon. In some cases, your vet will be contacted to discuss appropriate treatment and aftercare.

1. Consultation and clinical history

A detailed clinical history is required to ensure that the safest and most appropriate treatment methods are used. This includes details of any accidents, lameness or illness and also aims to obtain an insight into the daily routine. Details of behavioural or performance changes will be noted.

2. Assessment

Initial assessment is by hands on palpation or feeling the spine, joints and muscles. Areas of muscle wastage, hot spots and pain will be picked up and the general symmetry of the body assessed. Your dog’s movement will be assessed.

3. Treatment

McTimoney chiropractic manipulation forms the bases of the treatment methods used. Gentle yet effective adjustments send a vibration through the bone which releases tight muscles around the bone. Other muscle and soft tissue release techniques are often used to facilitate the procedure.

4. Rehabilitation and aftercare

Appropriate aftercare is vital to successful rehabilitation. After treatment, Sam will provide a thorough after care programme tailored to each dog’s requirements. Sam prefers to keep the patients moving after treatment, and appropriate constructive exercises will be given so you can help your dog.

Paws for thought:

Dogs enjoy being active, going for walks, playing with friends and toys all of which we want to encourage for a healthy active life. However, there are some things that need to be done in moderation, and simple thing you can do daily to help your dog stay fit and healthy.