Clinical Canine Massage Treatment – What to expect
Your first visit for Clinical Canine Massage Therapy will last around an hour to an hour and a half and will involve a full consultation. I will ask about your dog’s history, activities of daily living, diet and exercise, and you MUST provide a signed Vet Consent form – click to download. At this stage I’ll perform a Gait Analysis and a Static Postural Analysis, I will want to see how your dog moves in a walk, trot and canter and how they hold their body when they stand. This will indicate areas where your dog’s movement is restricted, and perhaps holding tension or pain.
I will then use Advanced Palpation to feel over your dog, searching for disturbances in the muscle and soft tissue structure beneath the skin. With these skills I can feel muscle and soft tissue injuries which would remain undetected by x-ray or MRI machines.
By using a combination or all these techniques I will be able to make an initial assessment of your dog’s muscular health and identify areas of concern, which I will further explore during the massage.
I am trained in 4 disciplines of massage:
• Swedish Massage
• Sports Massage
• Deep Tissue Massage
• Myofascial Release
When you arrive for your first session you must bring your signed vet consent form.
K9 Massage Clinic works in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemption Order 1962 and will never work on a dog without gaining veterinary approval prior to your first visit.
The techniques used for Clinical Canine Massage Therapy are the same as those used on humans with proven success. I will use a combination of these massage styles best designed to relieve stress and improve the condition of your dog’s muscle structure and tone. You may see the results as increased flexiblity and range of motion, and improved comfort levels.
This can be achieved by:
• Removing painful trigger points
• Breaking down scar tissue and adhesions
• Encouraging new muscle fibre growth
• Improving blood circulation
• Speeding up the removal of toxins
• Improving immune system responses
• Reducing inflammation and pain
• Helping muscles relax and reduce tension
• Promoting the bodies natural healing processes
• Improving recovery times after training or injury
The Cost of a Clinical Canine Massage Treatment
Canine Massage Therapy will last around 1 hour, although the first session may be longer. K9 Massage Clinic works to Best Practice principles, this means that if there are no signs improvement in your dog’s condition in 1-3 sessions then I will refer you back to you Vet for further tests.
A Clinical Canine Massage treatment costs £35 per session at the Stirling clinic, for any other clinic the cost is £40, this helps to spread the cost of travel and accommodation.
There are now several clinics around the country making the benefits of canine massage easily accessible for most people.
The Stirling clinic is open on most days unless I am visiting an outlying area.
Your nearest clinic may be West Calder, Coupar Angus or Forfar & Montrose. These clinics generally run every 2-3 weeks, unless demand dictates otherwise. Give me a call on 07715 818194 to find the best option for you.
The Healing Crisis
After a treatment your dog may be lethargic and sleepy, and in some cases may feel tender. This is perfectly natural, and known as a healing crisis. It happens when more toxins have been released from the muscles than the body can process and expel at once.
Sometimes this can make symptoms appear worse and it can take a couple of days for the body to really feel the benefits of a therapeutic massage.
So please keep an eye on your dog for 24-48 hours after a canine massage treatment and make sure they have plenty of rest, fluids, and only light meals. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you are at all concerned with your dog’s condition.