Vicki Boyes McTimoney Practitioner for Animals
Contact: Vicki Boyes
Telephone: 07966 078063
Hello my name is Vicki Boyes I am an Equine and Canine McTimoney Practitioner. I have owned horses and dogs all my life, my passion lies with Event riding where I am still a keen follower of the competitive circuit; be it riding or grooming! My keen interest for sports therapy and rehabilitative techniques for both the equine and human athlete grew extensively during my time at the University of West of England (UWE) where I studied for a BSc (hons) in Equine Sports Science. I used this as a platform to apply for a place at the McTimoney College to study for an Msc in Animal Manipulation. During this time I also completed the Advanced level of The Equine Touch which is a non-diagnostic, non-invasive equine bodywork system which addresses the connective soft tissue such as fascia, muscles and ligaments. I have since graduated and now a member of the McTimoney Animal Association as well as the The British Complementary Medicine Association. The McTimoney technique is a non-invasive holistic approach which takes into consideration the body as a whole, paying particular attention to the spine and pelvis. It aims to restore health, balance and performance, encouraging the body's own innate ability to heal itself. I primarily treat horses and dogs ranging from pets and happy hackers to competition horses and agility dogs. McTimoney treatment is suitable for all animals whether they are just not quite performing to the best of their ability, recovering from an injury or simply as a preventative treatment. I am a fully insured practitioner and McTimoney is widely recognised by most major insurance companies as a complimentary therapy. McTimoney is also recognised by BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) as one of its Musculo-Skeletal Paraprofessionals. Before an animal is treated it is a legal requirement for the owner to gain Veterinary permission in order to comply with the 1966 Veterinary act. I am happy to work closely with vets, trainers and other para-professionals to ensure a safe, correct and effective treatment for each individual animal. The McTimoney treatment involves taking a detailed case history of the animal, followed by conformation and gait analysis. Then starting at the atlas (the head) I will palpate down the spine and pelvis to identify and vertebrae that may have become misaligned and for any associated muscle tightness or spasms. A misalignment is when a joint becomes stuck somewhere within it's normal range of movement. A misaligned bone may have reduced mobility, it may be accompanied by muscle spasm, it may have a reduced blood supply and it may cause a pinching effect on the spinal nerves causing an interruption in the transmission of nerve impulses from the brain. If you think of the brain as the control centre at the top and attached is the spinal cord which is housed and protected by a number of interconnected vertebrae which make up the spine. The peripheral nervous system is a network of nerves that attaches to the spine and feed to the rest of the body. We are aiming for the spine to be in correct alignment, but due to the demands of everyday life, often these vertebrae become stuck out of alignment; or misaligned. If you think of the vertebrae as finger-like-projections, a very small movement to the left or to the right can cause an impeding effect on the rest of the body. By placing a trigger on the edge of the vertebrae, we are encouraging the body to release the structures holding the joint out of alignment and to heal itself effectively. A misalignment may be painful and may cause the animal to compensate. This often shows in a drop in performance or a change in temperament. There are many indications that your pet might benefit from a treatment. Some of the most common ones include… • General lack of performance •Unevel in the gait •Poorly fitting tack/collar or harness • An animal suffering from a slip, trip, fall or operation • Not happy jumping (over fences or onto the sofa/into the car/up the stairs!) •Sharp teeth • Any animal that has regular ‘tough’ exercise e.g. agility competitions, working dogs, any ridden horses • Asymmetrical muscle development • An unexplained change in behavior or temperament • A horse that is ‘stiff’ on one rein or has trouble bending/tracking up • If your horse doesn’t like being tacked up or having its girth done up • Uneven wear on a horses shoes/dogs pads • If your dog pulls on the lead So to relieve this nerve impingement, quick but subtle adjustments are made using only the hands to encourage the vertebrae to realign back to their correct position. Due to the fact that these adjustments are very gentle, the treatment is generally readily accepted by all animals. This is because it is the speed of the adjustment rather than the force that overcomes the forces of the muscles and ligaments holding the vertebrae in the misaligned position.