Frequently Asked Questions - just some of the commonly asked Q's. Please feel free to contact Claire for any further Q's or to book an appointment.

How do I know if my animal needs Veterinary Physiotherapy or McTimoney treatment?

In general, as animals are quadrupeds they are very good at adjusting there posture in order to compensate for any pain. Depending on the nature and source of the pain, depends on the extent of the compensation. Often animals will elicit behavioural changes as well when they are in discomfort. This includes bucking, resistance in horses or discomfort or moving away when being stroked or groomed in a particular area. Please see Equine or Canine for specific signs for your animal.

Note, acute pain is the realm of veterinary surgeons. If you have any concerns about your animal, please always contact your vet in the first instance. This includes equine lameness.

What should I expect from your treatment?

Initially Claire will take a full case history of your animal including age, mangement and any particular issues. Your animal will then be assessed standing still so conformation,  muscular asymmetries and anomalies can be noted. Then Claire will observe your animal's gait in straight lines and on circles, with horses being lunged and/or ridden if appropriate. Please be prepared to walk and trot your animal or have someone able to do this for you.

A full clinical assessment will then be carried out including palpation of soft tissues, spinal assessment and range of movement tests of joints. Any pain responses, soft tissue issues or restriction in a particular joints will be noted. A treatment plan will then be designed to first reduce any pain and then optimise healing. Claire works in a holistic manner so the whole body is taken into consideration not just the area of initial injury.

After the first session, a treatment plan is discussed. The number and frequency of follow up treatments vary depending on the nature of the problem. As the owner / carer, you may be asked to play a role in your animal's rehabiliation. This may include stretching exercises and/or remedial exercise plan.

How long do appointments take?

Initial treatments can take up to one and half hours. Follow up sessions usually take an hour.

Is there a cancellation policy?

Yes. Appointments cancelled within 24 hours will be charged at full rate.

If after assessment, your animal needs to be referred to your vet for further investigation before any treatment can be given, there is a 50% charge.

Why do I need my vet's permission for treatment?

The law is clear. It is illegal for any person to treat an animal unless they are a veterinary surgeon or a “paraprofessional” covered by the Veterinary Sugeons (Exemptions) Order 1962.

Claire Warman is classed as a paraprofessional by the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 and is allowed to practice with the prior consent of the animal’s veterinary surgeon. Therefore Claire always seeks veterinary referral or verifies that veterinary permission has been given before treatment.

Furthermore, Claire is a member of the McTimoney Animal Association a British Equine Veterinary Association allied professional group.  Suitably qualified post-graduate members of BEVA allied professional groups are considered to have the necessary knowledge and experience to safely treat horses following a veterinary referral.

My horse is due a back, teeth and saddle check. Which should I do first?

It is always better to get your horse's teeth checked before booking a veterinary physiotherapy treatment. Once these issues have been addressed, any muscular soreness or tension in the jaw/poll can be treated with the knowledge that the underlying cause has been dealt with.

Recent research now suggests it is better to have veterinary physiotherapy treatment before fitting a saddle. Physiotherapy treatment will relax back muscles which will result in better saddle fit. Otherwise saddlers maybe fitting saddles when the back muscles are tight and short resulting in a narrower fit.

How can I make an appointment?

Appointments can be made in the following ways:


 McTimoney Animal Association

 National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists