Gait Analysis – Canine massage sessions begin with a comprehensive gait analysis of your dog.
Gait analysis is the study of the movement of your dog and is part of what is used to assess, plan and treat. It will often show up the smallest of signs that might otherwise go unoticed and generally when feedback is given to owners they will be able to tally the results with tales of previous injuries etc. It is also a great way to chart the progress of massage sessions.
The Massage – The massage that follows gait analysis includes palpatation, percusion, compression and other effective techniques to help your dog gain maximum benefit from the treatment. Comprehensive notes are kept and if your vet requires a canine massage veterinary report then one can be provided to them upon request. We have a canine massage couch for those that need it but can also treat those who cannot be moved to the table (often those recovering from surgery or older dogs) wherever they are most comfortable. Your dogs needs are always at the forefront of any treatment.
Stretches – On completion of massage various stretches are used and your dog is then free to continue to relax whilst notes are written (often the case that dogs are happy to just lay and relax after their massage).
Canine massage has many benefits:
- Assists in increasing oxygenation of the blood
- Relief from pain post operations, from muscle spasms etc
- Increases muscle tone
- Helps prevent muscle atrophy when recovering from injuries
- Improves and maintains joint flexibility
- Helps support the immune system and rid the body of toxins
- Improves athletic performance and endurance.
- Helps improve and maintain posture and balance
- Improves mental focus and attitude
- Improves coat and skin
Canine massage can also benefit
- Dogs recovering from injury / surgery
- Showdogs in maintaining balance and gait and good muscle tone
- Behavioural issues caused by physical issues
- General maintenance for both pet and performance dogs
- Older dogs (supportive on many levels)
- Those suffering from orthopedic &/or neurological issues