Frequently Asked Questions
Your Questions, Answered
What are the benefits of Clinical Canine Massage?
– Resolves or reduces lameness
– Pain management for orthopaedic conditions by targeting areas of protective muscular splinting
– Directly addresses the muscular issue rather than masks it
– The ability to go on longer walks/enjoying walks again
– An excellent therapy for non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAID) intolerant dogs
– Improved performance e.g. agility – no pole knocking/improved jumping/contacts
– More sprightly
– Return to normal activities e.g. up/down stairs, in/out of car
– Improved temperament
– Better movement, gait and posture
– More sociable with dogs/humans
– Addresses the whole body and patterns of overcompensation, not just one limb or the back
– Assesses and addresses the dog as an individual and each massage is bespoke to their individual needs
– Resolves or reduces soreness/stiffness
– Reduces anxiety by decreasing sympathetic levels (stress) and inducing a parasympathetic response (relaxation)
– A younger more active dog
– A dog who is engaging confidently with their surroundings again
– No dangerous equipment used e.g. wobble cushions/balance balls
– Addresses muscular imbalances
– Rehabilitates muscular injury e.g. strain
– Resolves or decreases sympathetic activity associated with trigger points and myofascial pain
– Improved proprioception through myofascial release work and targeted sports massage. These techniques actively address dysfunctional areas by directly manipulating the full muscle from origin to insertion to stimulate the Golgi tendon organ and muscle spindles (held in tendon and muscle respectively) which provide information on position, tension, movement and force in the body.
– Reduces irritation to sensory nerve endings found in fascia resulting in a dog more willing to be groomed/examined/petted
-Provides a good hands on check for all dogs
I would like to get my dog treated what are the next steps?
In order for me to be able to treat your dog I need to obtain vet consent for the massage treatment. A copy of this can be downloaded below
Having a signed veterinary consent form is in accordance with the 1966 Veterinary Surgeons Act and is designed to keep your pet safe. I adhere to Best Practice and will not work on a dog that has not been cleared by a vet as medically fit to undergo a therapeutic canine massage.
You can find a downloadable copy here
What should I expect from my dogs first session?
Your first session will normally last about 1hr 30 mins. During this initial session I will find out some more information about your dogs and also carry out a gait analysis assessment. Following this we will begin the massage session
Do you treat orthopaedic conditions?
Massage can help to manage orthopaedic conditions such as Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia. An arthritic joint can quite often suffer from muscle soreness from overcompensation and splinting. Massage can help to soften the tissue and rehabilitate the muscle to alleviate the dogs pain.