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Allan Dalziel DC MMCA MCC
Registered McTimoney Chiropractor - Clarkston - Glasgow
McTimoney Chiropractic - “Gentle And Effective Treatment For The Whole Body”
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McTimoney Chiropractic And The Treatment Of Animals

McTimoney Chiropractic has been specifically adapted to treat animals.
Like people, animals suffer from back, neck, pelvic and musculoskeletal problems and, like us, they can benefit from McTimoney chiropractic manipulation.

For more than forty years, McTimoney chiropractors have been helping horses, dogs, cats, farm animals and even some "exotics" with a non-invasive technique which involves no drugs or anaesthetic and which most animals accept quite readily.

Chiropractic manipulation aligns and balances the animal's musculoskeletal system. By manipulating any misaligned joints throughout the whole body, with special attention to the spine and pelvis, it helps to both restore and maintain health, soundness and performance. It works holistically to eliminate the cause, not just to treat the symptoms.

When to seek help
We rely on owners’ observations and subsequent referrals from veterinary surgeons. Indications include:

1)
Lameness after a fall or other accident where alternative causes have been ruled out
2)
Uncharacteristic changes in performance, behaviour or temperament
3)
Limb-dragging or odd, irregular action
4)
Reoccurrence of symptoms previously successfully treated by chiropractic manipulation
5)
Absence of any resolution of the problem, using conventional methods.

Always consult your veterinary surgeon BEFORE chiropractic treatment, as it is illegal for anyone to treat your animal without your veterinary surgeon's approval.

What causes these problems
Trauma is often the most obvious cause e.g. falls, accidents, slipping, etc. Modern competitions often include tight turns, slippery going and twisty courses. More subtle causes are confrontation problems, such as long or weak backs, ill-fitting equipment, excess weight and even dental problems.

Horses
Horses did not evolve specifically to carry weights on their backs and modern competition places even more strain upon their skeletal structure. In addition to the general symptoms listed above, horses may also need treatment when showing the following signs:

1)
Unevenness, especially behind
2)
Uneven wear of shoes
3)
Sore or "cold" backs; uneven pressure from saddles, numnahs etc
4)
Unexplained deterioration in usual performance
5)
Asymmetry, such as stiffness on one rein, or a disunited canter
6)
Unexplained resistance; such as napping, rearing, refusing, bucking etc
7)
Uneven muscle development or atrophy.

As well as falls and accidents horses can damage their backs by; getting cast, slipping on icy or smooth roads and yards, wearing tight rollers, saddles or harness; being unable to meet the demands of jump-offs, advanced dressage etc.

Horses receive great benefit from preventative treatment - they are natural athletes and "fine tuning" helps them perform at their best.

Dogs
In addition to trauma, including road traffic accidents, dogs can have problems from modern competitions (greyhounds and agility dogs), and confrontation (dachshunds, bassets, etc). These include:

1)
Racing greyhounds running on tight tracks in one direction
2)
Agility dogs encountering difficult obstacles on tight courses
3)
Long-backed, short-legged breeds which are overweight

Symptoms that dogs may show include crying out when getting up, difficulty climbing stairs or jumping into cars, showing discomfort when stroked along their backs and reluctance to exercise.

Other animals
Cats may suffer skeletal problems from road traffic and other accidents, but often respond readily to treatment. Cattle that have slipped over, cows that have had difficulty calving and working bulls with pelvic problems can often be helped by manipulation. Sheep, goats, pigs and even birds have also been treated successfully.

McTimoney Chiropractic College.
Training
Not all chiropractors are trained to adjust animals, and it is important to ensure that you consult someone who has undergone a thorough training in animal techniques. You can be sure that all members of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association who treat animals are properly trained. The McTimoney College of Chiropractic is the only institution in Europe, which runs a validated training course for animal manipulators and chiropractors. This leads to a Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Manipulation.

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Allan Dalziel DC MMCA MCC - McTimoney Chiropractor McTimoney Chiropractic Clinic
6 Woodburn Avenue, Clarkston, Glasgow G76 7TZ
0141 644 1111       07903 553521
General Chiropractic Council Registration Number 00855
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Monday to Friday Appointments : 9 am to 8 pm By Arrangement
Saturday Appointments : 9 am To 1 pm By Arrangement
Appointment Times Are Flexible To Accommodate Patient’s Needs
Initial Consultation And Treatment £60 - Follow Up Treatments £40