What is clinical canine massage?
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.
Can all dogs benefit from canine massage?
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.
How effective is canine massage?
Improvements in a dog’s mobility and activity levels are often achieved when a dog has between just one and three sessions of this results-driven therapy.
After massage most owners report their dog’s pain has disappeared or has significantly reduced. They aren’t lame or stiff any more, they are coping better with their arthritic pain and are generally a lot happier and enjoying life again.
What conditions does canine massage help with?
Problems you might see with your dog:
- Struggling up or down stairs
- Difficulty getting in or out of the car
- Hopping or skipping on back legs
- Slowing down on walks
- Reluctant to be petted or groomed
- Changes in behaviour – grumpy, depressed
Massage addresses problems such as strains, trigger points, protective muscle splinting and overcompensation and relieves connective tissue restrictions.
Scar tissue from a strain – a tear to the muscle – can reduce its flexibility by up to 50%. Massage breaks down scar tissue and improves flexibility and comfort. It will remove debilitating trigger points, or knots, and relaxes tight, painful muscles.
As well as improving mobility, massage will reduce stiffness and lower stress and anxiety levels. With improved mobility, dogs are able to return to their normal activities, going up and down stairs with ease, enjoying walks again, initiating play sessions. Many owners report that, following massage treatment, their dogs appear younger and more energetic.
Where are you based?
Canine Strides Massage Therapy offers a mobile service throughout Northumberland and North Tyneside.
Do you have any professional qualifications?
Mo has trained for two years with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre and is a member of the professional association, the Canine Massage Guild.
Will my pet insurance pay for the massage therapy?
If you want your insurance to cover the cost of the therapy you should always check with your insurance company before booking any sessions.