Canine Massage is a holistic, hands-on therapy that involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to help 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.
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.
Dogs of all ages and conditions benefit from canine massage. Your dog doesn't need to be injured in order to get positive effects from massage; it is an effective treatment for maintaining your dog's musculo-skeletal health and helps to prevent injury from happening.
Senior dogs and those with ongoing orthopaedic conditions, such as arthritis, benefit from massage. Muscles overcompensate when there is a weakness and massage can help to relieve sore tight muscles, warms joint fluid and encourages freedom of movement.
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.
Young, active dogs
Young, active, working dogs will benefit as a maintenance treatment; keeping muscle tissue supple and less injury pron.
Show dogs have to spend long hours travelling to shows and waiting on the bench. They also have to ‘strike a pose’. This isometric muscle contraction is hard work and massage keeps those muscles in peak condition to maintain or improve free flowing movement.
Helen Clarke runs 3 Counties Canine Massage Therapy and after a long nursing career, she trained as a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre.
As well as her clinical work, Helen teaches on the 2 year Practitioner Programme, training future therapists as well as running 1 day workshops for the public to learn some basic massage skills to use with their own dog at home.
If you would like to find out more about Canine Massage, please look at http://www.dog-massage.co.uk and call to speak to Helen to discuss your dog’s individual needs. Tel: 07814 765323.
All dogs, by law, will need a Veterinary form signed by their Vet prior to treatment (Helen will provide this form for you). This is to protect your dog against unqualified therapists and to make sure there are no contra indications to massage. However, your dog can have a FREE Muscular Health Check which can highlight areas of concern prior to consent. Please ask for details.