Welcome to the Hands on Heart Clinical Canine Massage Therapy Website.
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What Is Canine Massage Therapy?:
Has your dog been acting like a teenager? Are they moping around the house, when they do finally get out of bed? Then it is possible your dog is suffering from soft tissue or muscle injuries.
Canine Massage Therapy is used to recondition soft tissue injuries, relieving muscles and other under-lying orthopaedic conditions that may be effecting mobility and quality of life.
Massage Therapy assists dogs and owners through recovery and recuperation from injuries, traumas and even day-to-day wear and tear.
|Improved mobility and activity||Your friend will be back to their younger days, finding it less painful to move around while walking, running and even jumping!|
|Improved character and mood||We can all get a little grouchy when in pain, when this is alleviated your friend will be back to their former self.|
|Fully rehabilitated muscles||Muscles can be injured in lots of different ways, with all the varieties of stretches and snaps.|
|Return to normal posture and gait||Ever had a “crick in your neck”? I bet you didn’t hold your head normally that day! Well dogs are just the same, when in pain they will adapt into different stances.|
What Does The Therapy Involve?:
Free chat or Zoom call
Free chat or Zoom call
Have you noticed any pain-related behaviour in your dog? Do you think your dog may benefit from Canine Massage Therapy? Are you worried about potential veterinary costs or whether you are giving your dog too many NSAID painkillers?
If you can answer yes to any of those questions, then please contact me to book in a free, friendly and informal 20-30 minute chat. During our conversation, i’ll ask you some questions about:
- Diet and Exercise
- Past Injuries
- Medical History / Veterinary diagnosis
- Normal Daily Activities of Living (ADLs)
- Any changes you or your dog walker may have noticed
From our conversation, we can decide together if a clinical canine massage is needed or if an alternative method of treatment may be more suitable.
Safety First / Vet Consent Form
Being a responsible owner, you will need to download a Vet Consent Form signed by your vet (download it here) before i can carry out any treatment on your dog. This is for your dog’s safety as well as a legal obligation:
As fully trained Canine Massage Therapists, every Guild Therapist has been trained to work closely with your Vet and ensure we get their medical consent before Hands On Treatment. This is a legal obligation according to the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966 and the Exemptions Order of 2015 but also ensures that your dog has no underlying medical issue that massage could make worse. NB. As well as your vet signing the bottom half of this form, you will need to fill out the top half and sign it to say you understand that the Vet will not be held responsible for any massage treatment carried out on your dog. As soon as you have this signed by your vet then we can book you in for 1-3 sessions
The First Appointment
During this initial consultation I will perform a Gait Analysis. This involves me analysing the way your pet moves at different speeds with you, from standing still to cantering. This is a hands-off analysis to detect areas of pain and discomfort as well as stiffness and other irregularities.
Post Gait Analysis I will conduct the Lenton(TM) Method of palpation (full body muscular health check) in order to get a full holistic picture of your dog. From this, I can assess muscles and areas of soft tissue for injury, scarring, trigger points, wastage of the amongst many other irregularities. This assessment is natural and non-invasive.
I will then move into a Full Body Massage (lasting roughly 45 minutes) where I will not just focus on the problematic areas but also address any areas of overcompensation and continue assessing your Dog’s physical and emotional reactions throughout the session. Throughout this entire procedure, your dog’s wellbeing is of the utmost importance but therapeutic discomfort may be necessary in order to significantly reduce your dogs pain.
At the end of the session I will demonstrate my findings to you using simple diagrams to show the areas of issue to give you a better understanding. I will also provide aftercare instructions so you can continue with the care between appointments.
I recommend an initial three sessions to build up the trust with your dog, whilst I work on improving their circulation and reaching to the deeper cause of their pain, not just the presented symptoms. I incorporate four massage techniques, including:
- Deep Tissue
- Sports Massage
- Lenton (TM) – Method of Myofascial Release
I will also give you tips on how you can reduce the risk of your dog injuring this area again.
I will always send your vet a report afterwards so I can work with them to complement any further treatment your dog may need (e.g. management or canine arthritis or hip/elbow dysplasia), or to inform them that expensive and invasive surgery may no longer be required.
There are always risks to every form of Clinical Therapy, however by working closely with your Vet and ensuring we get their consent before Hands On Treatment. We significantly reduce the risks of Clinical Canine Massage Therapy as stated in the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966 and the Exemptions Order of 2015.