Therapeutic Canine Massage

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The Treatment – What happens when your Dog comes for Therapy.

The first visit for your dog’s therapy will take approximately an hour and a half to allow for a full consultation, gait and postural analysis, palpation and then treatment. 4 disciplines of massage may be used – Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release (direct and indirect) – to get the best possible results. Subsequent sessions (if deemed necessary) will last approximately an hour for re-assessment and treatment. Results should be achieved in just 1-3 sessions (depending on the severity of the condition and the results).


Each session costs £30.00 if you come to me in Brunton Park. Home visits may be arranged for a slightly higher cost (to cover travel expenses).

What Is Therapeutic Canine Massage?

Therapeutic Canine Massage is a non-invasive natural form of pain relief, which involves soft tissue working on soft tissue to detect and address muscular issues and injuries which can cause pain, and working on the body as a whole and on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to enhance a dog’s sense of wellbeing.

The muscular system, and its associated soft tissue, is often not considered enough when injury or pain occurs in our dogs, being somewhat of an ‘orphan’ system which nobody fully adopts as a specialist area. Yet a massive 45% of a dog’s bodyweight, (55% in greyhounds), is comprised of muscles, which pull on the dog’s 320 bones, and, just like us, having healthy muscles and associated soft tissue is vital to keep your dog active, mobile and happier throughout their life.

Massage Therapy Can Help the Following

Many of your dog’s issues, conditions or problems may be supported or helped by massage e.g.

• Lameness/Limping

• Arthritis

• Hip dysplasia

• Elbow dysplasia

• Luxating patella

• Osteochondrosis

• Panosteitis

• Cruciate Ligament injury – during conservative management or pre & post surgery to aid in a speedier recovery & healing process

• Spondylosis

• Chronic Degenerative Radiculo Myelopathy (CDRM)

• Post surgery rehabilitation

• Ageing

• Dogs who are nervous, anxious or suffering from stress

• Overweight

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Improvement in:

• Mobility
• Range of motion
• Flexibility, elasticity and muscle tone
• Equal weight bearing
• Gait
• Quality of life
• Ability to exercise
• Skin condition


Reduction of:

• Post operative recovery time
• Adhesions
• Scar tissue
• Swelling/ Lymphodema

What Results May Owners See?

• Resolved or reduced lameness / limping

• Able to weight bear on all 4 limbs equally

• Greater ease of movement without stiffness

• More willing to go on walks, more willing to play

• Better energy levels

• In the older dog, owners report decreased stiffness, easier getting up and lying down, able to rest better, more interested in life

• A happier dog with a better disposition, enjoying life more and able to perform everyday tasks again – get in / out of car, go up / down stairs

• A regrowth in areas of wasted muscle

• Able to sleep / settle down better

• No more yelping or screaming in pain when certain areas are touched

• Better and quicker recovery from injury or surgery

• Able to go for walks and / or go on longer walks

• No more twitching down the back

• More willing to be touched

• Psychological effects – alleviation of nervousness, more loving, friendlier

• Correction of gait irregularities like pacing, lack of rear drive or pinning

• Competing dogs achieving faster times, not knocking down jumps, willing to weave etc

• Better focus

• A healthier looking coat

• Weight loss in the overweight dog (the massage makes them more mobile and therefore willing to exercise more)

• A normal topline or straighter spine / back

Features of Canine Massage Therapy:

• Relieves muscular and connective tissue restrictions, spasms, contractures, trigger points and soreness which may be limiting normal movement

• Promotes quicker healing from injury or after surgery meaning a speedier return to normal activity

• Exercises weak, tight, or atrophied muscles

• Increases joint flexibility

• Improves the re generation of soft tissue eg: atrophied or wasted muscle

• Increases the circulation of blood, lymph and the supply of oxygen and nutrients thereby flooding muscles and cells

• Boosts the immune system by influencing the removal of metabolic waste and toxins

• Helps to regenerate/stimulate soft tissue repair which may be manifesting as lameness

Possible After Effects - The Healing Crisis

One of the effects of massage is to purify and cleanse the body by aiding in the expulsion of toxins and metabolic waste faster than normal. It is normal for your dog to be lethargic, quiet and possibly stiff whilst the body is rebalancing itself – the healing crisis. To assist this process in the first 24 – 48 hours it is necessary to allow plenty of rest and to feed your dog light meals and plenty of fluids. If you have any concerns please get in touch.