Post Operative Care

Has your dog been through an operation? Whether it was an orthopaedic condition, neutering, abdominal surgery or a different type of surgery Canine Massage with a Canine Massage Guild Therapist can help with your dog’s mobility, pain management and offer them a speedier return back to their individual fitness.

After certain surgeries e.g. spinal, cruciate ligament, initially your dog may find it beneficial to see a Chartered Physiotherapist and they may also attend hydrotherapy sessions. These are the ideal therapies that work in conjunction with massage to address very specific muscular issues that can inhibit or dampen your dog’s full rehabilitation and can help them get the most out of their other therapies.

Benefits Of Post Operative Massage

4 – 6 weeks after surgery your dog will find it beneficial to have a structured full massage session with a fully trained therapist who will integrate 4 disciplines of massage to address the following:

  • Pain management
  • Lack of weight bearing
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Soreness
  • Protective muscle splinting
  • Areas of overcompensation
  • The breaking down of restrictive scar tissue and adhesions
  • Improving the flow of blood and nutrients to the affected area to aid in repair
  • Areas of restrictive and uncomfortable hypertonicity
  • Trigger points
  • Changes in character due to pain
  • Myofascial pain, seen as twitching along the back, tight skin, a ‘tickly’ spot in the middle of the back
  • Areas of swelling or oedema

After Massage Many Owners Report That Their Dog:

  • Ismore willing to exercise
  • Is happier
  • Has better movement/gait
  • Is able to return to normal activities
  • Is more comfortable, has no soreness
  • Is improving in their hydrotherapy sessions
  • Has an improved range of motion/stride length
  • Has improved muscle tone

To find a therapist in your area, check out the “Find a Therapist” page