Understanding Clinical Canine Massage
Clinical canine massage is a combination of manual therapy techniques which target injured soft tissue in your dog. Many of the techniques come from the human world of massage and are traditional Swedish based movements. These improve blood flow, help with breaking down scarring from old injuries, or post-operatively.
Sports massage can be a bit more vigorous and on the other side of the coin are extremely gentle but profoundly powerful techniques based on myofascial release. This is a subtle set of techniques that can be very useful for dogs with longstanding and complex pain. Specific releases to the key muscle groups, as taught by Natalie Lenton, director of the Canine Massage Therapy Centre pull together the handling of your dog and all techniques aim to improve the state of health within soft tissue and allow for healing.
By UK law, we must have vetinary consent that your dog is medically fit to receive massage, before we can actually carry out a full session. We do not diagnose – your vet does that, but we do treat what we find within the soft tissue network that is the muscles, ligaments, tendons etc.
Benefits for your dog
- Improved mobility allows your dog to be more active
- Reduction in lameness or even sometimes resolution of lameness
- Reduction in pain will improve your dog’s overall happiness and well-being and make them more willing to be touched.
- Improved flexibility helps your dog with everyday activities such as walking
Uses for Canine Massage
- Reduced recovery time after injury or surgery
- Improved general well being particularly in older dogs
- Improved blood flow boosts the immune system and also reduces pain trigger points.
- Gait and posture may noticeably improve in just 3 sessions.
Don’t forget your paperwork
DogzAligned recognises and respects the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemption order 2015, which means that we will never work on a dog unless we have gained prior consent and this is noted and filed with us on the form which can be downloaded from this site.