What Is Clinical Canine Massage?

Clinical Canine Massage is a non-invasive therapy for dogs that rehabilitates them from muscular injury and helps to support orthopaedic issues like arthritis. It is also suitable for sporting dogs and senior dogs with results usually being seen in 1-3 sessions. A therapist should have a minimum of 2 years training and be registered with the Canine Massage Guild.

A registered therapist will use 4 disciplines of massage encompassing over 50 techniques; myofascial release, both the direct and indirect approach, remedial sports massage, deep tissue massage and Swedish massage. A practising professional therapist will also attend continuing professional development (CPD) to include other disciplines including facilitated stretching and manual lymphatic drainage.

Owners may also support their own dogs at home with Swedish massage when shown by a professional.

The Outcome Of Clinical Canine Massage Is Typically:

– Improved mobility and activity levels
– Resolution or reduction of lameness/limping and stiffness
– Improved character/mood
– Return to normal posture and gait
– A fully rehabilitated muscular injury
– Able to return to activities of daily living e.g. up/down stairs, walks
– A happier dog more willing to be examined, petted or groomed

A Typical Clinical Canine Massage Will Entail:

– Gait Analysis
– Postural Analysis
– Superficial Palpation
– Full Consultation , Medical History and ADL Assessment
– A discussion with the owner on expectations of the therapy
– 45-50 minute massage therapy session
– Full diagrammatic feedback to owner
– Home care plan and other recommendations
– A maximum of 3-4 initial sessions although some dogs need less
– Find your dogs therapist here www.K9MassageGuild.co.uk

Clinical Canine Massage May Be Used:

– To pinpoint and rehabilitate muscular injury and issue successfully in 1-3 sessions
– To provide pain management for arthritis, hip dysplasia and other orthopaedic issues
– To remove trigger points and spasms and to normalise muscular function and activity
– To support senior dogs and those who seem to be slowing down
– To improve gait and posture
– As an aid in pain management for dogs intolerant to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or with renal dysfunction
– To enhance the performance of sporting and agility dogs
– To improve the dog’s ability to be examined/handled/groomed by addressing myofascial dysfunction