Lydia Critchlow BSc (Hons) MSc
McTimoney Animal Therapist
Tel: 07841 828301

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What to expect at your dogs first treatment.

Bring your dog into the treatment area and let them off the lead to suss out the new environment and settle in.

A full history will be taken – I will ask you lots of questions, talk about your dog and want you to be honest about their lifestyles.

I will want to see your dog move in a straight line away from me and also look at them from the side... this is a dynamic assessment. I’ll be looking at the back movement, placement of each limb, length of stride and also head and tail carriage.

Next is the ‘hands on’. I will ask you to hold your dogs head looking at you and to reassure them. I usually ask them to lie on their side so that I can do some stretching and a range of motion exercises to settle them into the treatment.

The McTimoney treatment involves specifically directed, high speed adjustments done just by my hands. These look like a series of flicks and fast movements that dogs readily accept and are OK with. I will pay special attention to the spine and pelvis but I also do any soft tissue work that is needed.

After treatment I will give you aftercare and exercises to do with your dog. This will definitely include at least a days rest after treatment and a period of ‘quiet’ time. Healing is a process, not an event, therefore it is very important to follow the after care advice that is given in order to allow the treatment to work as effectively as possible.
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Lydia Critchlow BSc (Hons) MSc, McTimoney Animal Therapist based in Sandbach and practising throughout Cheshire and Staffordshire.
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