As interesting cases develop, with animals presenting different symptoms and problems, a range of examples will be given here. Particular areas where misalignments were found may be highlighted in these examples, however the whole of the animal is always assessed and treated.
'Polly' 3 year old Collie X Polly's owner contacted me for a general check up as Polly had several minor falls/slips taking part in agility training. No major problems or symptoms were presented, however, Polly sometimes appeared a little stiff and generally didn't seem very enthusiastic during agility training even when jumping at low heights. A number of misalignments were found in the neck and lumbar spine. Following treatment a check-up was recommended in a months time. Polly's owner reported a complete change in her behaviour, she was generally far more outgoing and enthusiastic. Her agility has improved so much she has entered her first competition (February 09) and can no longer keep up with Polly who previously ambled around the course.
4 year old working gun dog began showing signs of pain when getting up after resting, and occaisonal yelping when jumping in and out of vehicles and general dullness. The owner rested the dog for two weeks following veterinary advice, little improvement was seen. On treatment a number of misalignments were found, particularly in the lumbar spine. Several days later the owner reported a complete change in the dog's temperament and she quickly returned to full work.
'Pip' 13 year old dog thought to have slipped on laminate flooring, initially seen by vet who administered anti-inflammatory medication and recommended McTimoney treatment when initial inflammation subsided. Owner reported that the dog was still very uncomfortable, whining and restless for a number of days following the accident despite medication. The dog was found to have a significant pelvic misalignment which was sucessfully treated over several treatments. The dog made a full recovery and is continuing an active, healthy life.
1 year old terrier the owner intended to show. The dog was an excellent example of the breed but the owner and trainer had noticed the dog had developed toe out conformation in the forelimbs. The dog had also slipped on the stairs several weeks ago. Rachel found the dog had a number of misalignments throughout the body but particularly in the thoracic vertebrae, along with muscle tension in the shoulders and back. Following initial treatment the owner reported the dog was much more playful and the trainer had commented on an improvement in the dogs limb position. A follow up treatment found a great improvement and the dog is now on a maintenance programme receiving 6 monthly check-ups.
'Floss' 8 year old border collie was presented for a check-up, the owner reported that the dog had been showing a slight stiffness after resting and was also dipping the back when being groomed. A number of misalignments were found and the owner reported that following treatment the dog was much livelier and no signs of discomfort or stiffness have been seen.