What is Canine Massage?

Canine Massage or Dog Massage is a hands on therapy that treats the dogs body as a whole rather than just the perceived problem area, being a quadruped dogs find it very easy to compensate for when a muscle is injured, by shifting their weight slightly they can ensure the affected muscle is not used as much, this however then causes a problem called overcompensation. As the other muscles are now doing more work they can become tight, develop trigger points or strains and then lameness manifests itself, by treating the whole body I ensure that not only the original injury is resolved but also the areas of overcompensation are worked to bring the body back into balance.

Massage primarily works on the muscular system, but also has positive effects on all of the systems of the dog.  This is also why it is essential as a therapist, to have an in-depth knowledge of canine anatomy, so as not to cause the dog any bodily harm and so that they can feel the full benefits of the massage.

Massage can help with:

  • Limping or lameness
  • Stiffness
  • Signs of ageing
  • Coat changes (flicks of hair that weren’t there before)
  • Arthritis
  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Quivering skin or twitching down their back
  • Difficulty going up and down stairs
  • Struggling to get in or out of the car
  • Unable to jump on or off the sofa
  • Posture changes or gait irregularities
  • Behavioural changes
  • Loss of performance in the sporting dog

It can also help with the following conditions:

  • osteoarthritis
  • Cruciate Ligament damage
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Luxating Patella
  • Muscular Issues
  • OCD Osteochondrosis Dissecans
  • CDRM Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopothy
  • Spondylosis
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Post Surgery

For Dog Massage in Leicestershire contact Gemma today.