Isobel Somerfield

D.C., M.Chiro., M.M.C.A., General Chiropractic Council Reg. 03611


Research Project


Running dogUnless a dog has a known injury to his forequarters or a developmental disease such as OCD it is often quite a problem for the Veterinary Surgeon successfully to treat dogs that have developed forelimb discomfort, stiffness or even lameness for no very obvious cause. Frequently the best that can be done is to control the pain and attempt to delay the onset of Degenerative Joint Disease.

Anecdotally it seems that these dogs appear to be helped by McTimoney Chiropractic treatment. Owners and Veterinary Surgeons often report improvement in mobility and pain levels after Chiropractic in this particular group of dogs.

Balanced Being Veterinary Centre asked me to test these anecdotal reports to ascertain whether Chiropractic is an effective non-drug treatment for these dogs. Together with McTimoney College of Chiropractic we have designed a clinical trial to measure the amount of weight the dog is putting through each leg when he is standing still, assess and then treat him with McTimoney Chiropractic. The dog’s weight-bearing measurement and repeat treatment will be done twice more at weekly intervals. We need to do this with each dog in order to achieve statistically worthwhile results.

Through the good offices of Biosense Medical UK I have been able to obtain for a limited period a Tekscan mat and software designed for the purpose. The mat is similar to a large carpet tile, less than 1 cm. high, and doesn’t wobble or clank – unlike the weight scales at the Vets!!

Can you and your dog(s) help??

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