What is Best Practice?
Clinical Canine Massage Therapists work best practice. this means that if they find an issue of concern that massage is not suitable for you will be referred back to your vet or it may be they think another therapy may be more suitable for them in order to attain the best results so may refer you on to whom they think can help.
What Can I expect in the treatment?
Your dogs initial consultation will last approximately 1 ½ hours and will consist of me asking about Medical History, Activities of Daily Living, Diet, Supplements and your dogs Main Areas of Concern.
I work strictly in adherence with the Veterinary Act 1966 and 1962 and you will be asked for a consent form, but don’t worry, this is easily sorted out and I will ensure this is as easy and hassle free for you as possible and will work alongside your vet to ensure your dog gets the care they deserve, providing your vet with a written report to keep them updated on their improvements.
I will also ask you to move your dog at different paces so I can assess their gait and also their posture. This is then followed by a full body Palpation which helps to identify areas of tenderness, injury, the tonicity of the muscle, its temperature and also its state.
The treatment consists of a blend of 3 types of deep tissue massage and the treatment itself lasts for 40-50 minutes depending on the size of your dog.
You will be informed about the Healing Crisis or ‘Herxheimer Reaction’ so you are aware of the initial stages of recovery post massage. Also you are provided with a Maintenance Sheet which is individualised to each dog and may include exercises, light massage techniques, stretches and a list of Do’s and Dont’s!
Depending on what I find I will ask to see your dog a maximum of 3 times initially, some dogs may only need one appointment if it is for maintenance or for an ‘MOT’, as each dog is individual I will assess your dog and converse with you on the best possible route for them.