Current Research


A recent unpublished study (Harper, 2008) using thermographic imaging indicated that although significant results were seen the next day, inflammation that has been long standing often didn’t subside instantly, and therefore maximal results were seen approximately 4 days post treatment.

Research completed by Sullivan, Hill and Haussler in 2008 showed that Chiropractic treatments had a more significant effect on the reduction of back pain in horses than long-term treatment using phenylbutazone.

Research undertaken by McTimoney Animal Practitioner Laura Browne showed that in 93% of cases of horse and rider combinations asymmetry of the pelvis was present, and that 83% of this population showed that pelvic asymmetries occurred in the same direction meaning if the horse had a left pelvic rotation the rider also had a pelvis rotated to the left. Very interesting research that shows positive evidence of a relationship between horse and rider pelvis imbalances. Published in Advances in Animal Biosciences, April 2014, pp 75 and also in the online supplement of EVJ Abstracts from the 9th International Conference of Equine Exercise Physiology

Research by McTimoney Animal Practitioner Abbie Ireson looked into the relationship between pelvic misalignment and forelimb hoof size. Interestingly Abbie found that horses with a ventral (lower) pelvic misalignment resulted in more hoof width growth of the corresponding forelimb and more hoof growth in length on the opposite forelimb. So horses with a left ventral pelvic misalignment had more hoof width growth on the left forelimb and more hoof growth in length on the right forelimb, and vice versa for horses with a pelvis misaligned ventrally (lower) on the right. This study therefore indicates strong evidence between a relationship in pelvic misalignment and forelimb hoof growth patterns; further study could help us to better understand the effects that this has on compensatory issues of the horse in relation to performance.”

Research by McTimoney Animal Practitioner Jessica Guest investigated the effect of McTimoney treatment on the range of motion of the knee and the hock in horses. Jessica found that post treatment the horses were showing much more symmetrical movement between the left and right hand side in both the knee and the hock demonstrating how McTimoney treatment can aid in keeping your horses movement more even and balanced.”

Hip dysplasia in dogs continues to be both a common and debilitating orthopaedic disease. Dogs with hip dysplasia don’t have the correct shaped hip joint in order to allow normal movement and function.
Research by McTimoney Animal Practitioner Sally Charlton investigated the relationship between BVA/KC hip scores and the range of motion (ROM) of the hip, stifle, shoulder and elbow joint. Sally found that radiographically higher hip scores on a particular side predisposed the hip joint on the same side to have an increased extension range and on the opposite side increased elbow extension range, so a dog with a high BVA/KC hip score on the right showed increased hip extension on the right and increased elbow extension on the left. These results are promising in providing a tool for monitoring limb function in dogs with and without hip dysplasia as an indicator of changes which are related to movement dysfunction.”




I have also written an article for the RATEL magazine following my treatment of Timmy the Tapir and the article can be viewed here.


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