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McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapy for Horses

Updated: May 15, 2021

McTimoney-Corley Spinal Manipulation for Horses

McTimoney-Corley therapy is a gentle spinal manipulation technique to bring the horse's body back into alignment and relieve any associated pain or discomfort. Used very successfully for many years to treat human conditions such as back, neck and joint pain, stiffness in limbs and restricted movement, the McTimoney-Corley technique has now been adapted very successfully to treat animals.

Typically used in conjunction with massage, stretching and exercise, McTimoney-Corley therapy is beneficial to horses of all ages and performance levels. It is also beneficial to use the treatment as regular "maintenance" to keep your horse in peak physical condition. The treatment can improve joint and muscle function and allow the nervous system to function correctly.

Typical signs of misalignment for horses might include:

Stretching exercises

  • Stiffness on one rein, or an uneven stride

  • Unwilling to work through from behind

  • Disunited in canter

  • Uneven shoe wear

  • Napping or bucking

  • Refusing to jump or jumping to one side

  • Changes in behaviour

  • Cold or sore back

  • Reduced performance

  • Inability to stand square

  • Chronic/ compensatory problems

  • ALSO if your horse is suffering with sinus problems, there is a McTimoney-Corley technique to clear the airways

Using a series of highly refined and careful movements, Clare will work across the whole body of the horse adjusting and balancing the muscular system. These movements help to relieve pressure on the nerves, help relieve muscle spasm and pain and realign the vertebrae in the spine.

At each therapy session, the horse's whole skeleton is treated and any misaligned bones are not forced back into place, but are coaxed gently into position by adjustments that encourage soft tissue release and encouraging natural healing.

The thermal images below were taken by Clare before and after Mctimoney-Corley treatment.

Follow Up Treatment and After Care

It is recommended that your horse is allowed to rest after treatment, and Clare will advise you on the length and type of rest required. In some cases there may be the necessity for some follow up treatment to allow the healing process to continue. This will be agreed with you before any treatment takes place.

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