What is clinical canine massage? Clinical canine massage is a non-invasive, complementary therapy …
Canine Strides Massage Therapy
We are a mobile service offering clinical canine massage and covering Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside.
Clinical canine massage is a non-invasive, complementary therapy which helps to rehabilitate soft tissue and muscular injuries and also supports common orthopaedic conditions like arthritis.
It is suitable for dogs of all ages: active and sporting dogs recovering from lameness, some who are slowing down or seem stiff and old before their time, some with orthopaedic or neurological conditions and for pain management in senior and arthritic dogs. It’s not just those suffering from injuries that will benefit from massage. Maintaining the dog’s musculo-skeletal health reduces the chances of injury.
The kind of symptoms which canine massage therapy can be used to treat include:
- Struggling up or down stairs
- Difficulty getting in or out of the car
- Hopping or skipping on back legs
- Slowing down on walks
- Reluctance to be petted or groomed
- Changes in behaviour – grumpy, depressed
The Canine Massage Guild is participating in the world's first clinical trials on canine massage. The report on the first stage has just been published in Vet Record, a peer-reviewed medical journal distributed by the British Veterinary Association.
The study assessed 527 dogs over a course of three treatments and showed that 95% had a significant reduction in pain severity following massage, with improvements usually apparent after just one treatment. Quality of life after massage treatment was said to be "positive".
The trials are ongoing and the next stage will involve double blind trials.
Canine Strides is delighted to be an active contributor to these trials.