What is Clinical Canine Massage?
Canine Massage addresses the dog’s gross anatomy, to bring about physiological change within the body. The aim is to reduce sympathetic activity within the body by addressing sensory neurons embedded in the muscle, fascia & skin, leading to resolved or reduced pain and restoring normal muscle function and mobility.
Detection of an injury is performed through a thorough knowledge of the Musculoskeletal System, Advanced Palpation Skills (assessing muscles from origin and insertion to fibre direction) and Body-mapping (understanding common areas of muscular injury, myofascial pain and active trigger points) allows for identification of muscular issues/injuries that may be hidden by the body. I recognise I have the luxury of spending an hour with the dog and its’ amazing how the body can change and reveal concerns that may have been hidden or protected over the course of a session or sessions.
Clinical canine massage supports and assists the muscular system, designed to help resolve common muscular issues such as myofascial pain, and trigger points, and rehabilitate and recondition soft tissue injuries. Supporting orthopaedic conditions and pre and post-operative care assists mobility, movement, and pain management, which can have a detrimental effect on behaviour and quality of life. It is commonly used amongst sporting, working and performance competitors too.
Specialising in the use of Myofascial Release, Remedial Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Swedish Massage as well as the Lenton Method: a set of direct Myofascial release protocols explicitly designed to suit the dog’s anatomy, LED Light Therapy; pulsating red and infra-red LED phototherapy, complementing canine massage to enhance and maximize the positive effects.
Canine Conditioning exercises are suitable for any dog if they are not in pain or where their pain is being managed under the supervision of a veterinarian. Conditioning exercises will be given to clients for issues identified such as generalized hindlimb weakness, Exercises are carried out at a slow pace and only on stable surfaces. Where an issue is identified which requires specialised investigations, I will refer the dog back to the veterinarian. I run regular Canine Core Conditioning classes which train a dog’s core musculature, which in turn improves posture, gait, flexibility and strength.
Please note, I do not manipulate joints or the skeleton as part of my work and concentrate purely on the application of safe, structured massage techniques and if anything untoward is found the client will be referred back to you.
Trained with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre on the Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Program and with the Canine Conditioning Academy on the CCA Instructor course – both externally accredited by LANTRA.