K9 Bodycare offer a free no obligation muscular health check for your dog…
About your Free Muscular Health Check
A muscular health check can help to assess your dogs muscles for tenderness or variations in temperature, texture or tone, which may show up as gait irregularities, lameness, postural change or general discomfort.
During the health check, I will examine your dog’s superficial muscles using my hands and fingers (palpation). Our Canine Muscular Health Check covers over 40 different pairs of muscles. The health check we provide is just a superficial check. A full massage treatment is much more comprehensive and covers more muscle groups.
The assessment helps determining the health of your dog’s soft tissues, picking up an injuries area of pain or dysfunction.
I am looking for things such as:
Strains: A tear to a muscle caused by over-stretching. Strains can be debilitating depending on how much of the muscle is affected. A strain can be repetitive (caused by something your dog does time and time again) or Acute (a result of injury/sudden trauma).
Trigger Points: Commonly known as ‘Knots’. These cause early onset muscular fatigue (your dog gets tired early in walks or other activity) and reduced range of motion. Knots can be painful to the touch, can cause referred pain and oxygen/nutrient deprivation to the tissue, known as ischaemia.
Wide Radiating Myofascial Pain: A large area of connective tissue (Fascia) which causes ongoing day to day pain. Fascia surrounds every muscle and organ individually, allowing tissues to slide and glide over and around each other. When it becomes too tight, we can liken it to wearing a pair of jeans two sizes too small.
On a superficial muscular check I do not assess for orthopaedic or neurological issues. Sometimes during a check such an issue may arise, and I will advise you to go to your vet for further investigation.
The muscular health check (palpation) is not massage. For a Canine Massage, veterinary consent is required to comply with Veterinary law.