Before Anna can treat your animal, she needs veterinary approval - it is against the law for anyone apart from the vet or owner to undertake treatment of an animal. Only veterinarians can carry out surgery or any other invasive treatment e.g., administering injections unless they instruct someone to do so. All McTimoney-Corley Animal Spinal Therapists, should request that you ask for your vet's permission first. You may be asked to sign a disclaimer to say that you have done this - this is both for your animal's and the practitioner's protection.
On the first visit Anna will ask a wide variety of questions, regarding any worries, concerns or problems you have experienced in relation to your animal. Anna may also ask questions regarding age, breed, feeding regime, worming, inoculations, past treatment, illnesses, temperament, behaviour, fitness program, amount and type of exercise etc. A background history helps to identify what might be causing a particular back problem e.g., a past trauma where the animal had a bad fall may direct their attention to a particular part of your animal's spine. It is likely that Anna will request to see your animal move at walk and/or a faster pace, to identify any lameness and possible gait abnormalities. Horse owners may be requested to ride their horses, especially if the owner has experienced problems whilst riding.
Anna will then begin to examine your animal more thoroughly firstly to identify any abnormalities e.g., lumps, bumps, old injuries, muscle wastage etc. Anna will then use her palpation skills to feel for muscle tension, spasms, pain and skeletal misalignments in the spinal area, which may indicate that nerves are trapped and therefore, not functioning properly. Besides palpating the spine, she will also check joints for appropriate range of motion.
After assessing your animal properly, Anna will then begin to apply appropriate manipulation adjustments. These adjustments help to relieve pressure on the nerves, free-up muscle tension/spasm and enable re-alignment of the spine thereby reducing pain. This allows the body to function normally, to its optimum, so it is free to heal itself.
After treatment Anna will recommend that your animal is rested for a stated number of days. Horse owners will be advised not to ride for a recommended number of days, although alternative types of exercise may be optional. There is usually no restriction on turnout time.