Canine Massage Therapy
We provide your dog with an initial physical analysis by a qualified therapist designed to identify areas of physical weakness, irritation or discomfort and emotional tension which can be alleviated/aided through massage.
Through massage we can help your Dog to:
- Relax and de-stress
- Enjoy relief from muscle and joint pain or discomfort
- Help with any anxiety issues they may suffer from
- It helps them become familiar with touch which improves their ability to trust
- Useful for grooming and vet handling which your Dog may encounter in the future
- Improves coat condition through the stimulation of natural oils
- Enhances circulation leading to improved overall health
What is Canine massage
Canine Massage is a holistic, hands-on therapy that involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasms, and stress rather than masking the issues with analgesics. It gives 100% drug-free pain relief.
‘Holistic’ means that the whole body is treated rather than just the injured spot. Often there is referred pain from the primary area of injury to another part of the body, the secondary area. For example, if your dog is limping on his right front leg, he may compensate by putting extra strain on the left lower back muscles.
Touch is vital for humans and animals, soft, soothing strokes warm and relax muscles; deeper manipulations work on specific injuries within the muscles and soft tissues. This can sometimes be painful for your dog, but any uncomfortable manipulation of soft tissues will be followed by soft flowing strokes to soothe and relax again.
The effects of massage are not just on the muscular system, but on all the systems of the body, so a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology is essential to ensure that no harm is done and that your dog benefits in every way from their treatment.
Soft Tissue and Muscular Injuries
Being active can result in injury, whether your dog competes athletically, or is a much loved pet playing games in the garden. Sudden twisting and turning, sharp braking, jumping, repetitive activities (such as ball chasing) can all result in injury, which if left untreated, can become a chronic injury.
Your dog has over 700 muscles, that pull on the 320 bones to create movement. If your dog has an orthopaedic condition, the effect is not just on the bones, but all the soft tissues that supports the skeletal framework. Whatever the orthopaedic issues, Canine Massage Therapy will help to restore better mobility and thus, quality of life.
Canine Massage Therapy has an effect on all the systems of the body and can significantly improve your dog’s quality of life, whether it’s to help with rehabilitation, or to help maintain mobility and function for as long as possible.
Canine Massage Therapy may help your dog with the following issues
- Lameness/Limping – gait irregularities
- Stiffness of joints
- Difficulty going up and down stairs; getting in and out of the car
- Old before their time, slower on walks
- Twitching down their back or roached back
- Yelping when you touch certain areas of the body
- Reduced performance in sports, racing, working and show dogs
- Dogs with ongoing orthopaedic conditions e.g. arthritis, hip/elbow dysplasia
- Luxating patella
- Cruciate ligament damage/post surgery
- Recovery after operations
This is not an exhaustive list.
Please call 07990066040 to discuss your dogs’ issues. Dogs with certain conditions may not be suitable for massage.
I always ask for consent from your vet prior to treatment to check for any contra indications.
The healing crisis is a natural occurrence and is part of the detoxification process
The process is called a ‘crisis’ simply because the body displays illness-like symptoms at a time when it is actually healing itself and the vital energy begins to repair and rebuild damaged tissue.
The healing crisis is temporary and usually happens for 24-48 hours after massage.
Sometimes your dog may appear worse than before he or she had a massage. These responses or reactions are indicative that the treatment is working and the body is going through the process of cleansing itself of imbalances and toxins. Give it a little time, and the improvements will be visible!
Signs of a healing crisis
- Quiet, lethargic, tired
- Or restless
- Runny nose
- Lack of appetite
- Aching, causing lameness to appear worse initially
Normally a healing crisis lasts for a couple of days and can be helped by encouraging lots of rest, reduced exercise, light meals, and constant access to fresh water.
If you are concerned with your dog’s reaction or would like to know more about the healing crisis, don’t hesitate to contact me.
How to start treatment
To start with, please get in touch with me and we can discuss your dog’s issues and arrange an appointment for me to meet you and your dog.
All therapists legally require Veterinary Consent from your Vet to treat your dog, and I will forward you a form to give to your vet. This can either be sent to me or given back to me at the first appointment. If your Vet requests any further information, please let me know and I will be happy to speak to them.
I will take a full history of your dog’s activities of daily living. This includes: the amount of exercise/diet/games they play, where they sleep and any other details that might affect your dog’s muscular-skeletal health.
The initial consultation lasts 1 ½ hour and costs £35.
This includes gait and static analysis, full clinical and life style history and a 1-hour therapeutic massage.
Follow up appointments
Follow up appointments last 1 hour and cost £28.