Regular muscle therapy will benefit every dog. 

Many of my clients see the benefits of maintenance and providing preventative care proactively.  Regular visits will also ensure early detection and prompt attention to any muscular dysfunction before it becomes an issue. 

Our ultimate aim is to improve a dog’s health and lifestyle by increasing flexibility and alleviating pain. 

 

Arthritis

Hip and elbow dysplasia

Have you noticed your dog slowing down? Is your dog stiff or sore during or after exercise?  Are they reluctant to participate in activities that used to make them happy? A dog’s bones are held together with muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  About 80 percent of a joint’s protection comes from the stabilizing ability of the muscles and tendons (tendons link muscle to bone); whilst ligaments (the tissue linking bone to bone) contribute only about 20 percent.  Thus, to keep your dog comfortable, it is imperative that their muscles are in good shape to support the degeneration and inflammation in the joints.

It is important for owners to understand that the therapy itself will not cure arthritis or dysplastic joints.  We can however, provide relief from pain and discomfort by targeting the stiff muscles that place unnecessary pressure on the already stressed joints.  Our therapies relax the stiff muscles and help to restore your dog's range of motion. Regularly scheduled treatment sessions will help your dog stay mobile for as long as possible.  For additional joint and muscle support we use and highly recommend the use of Rocktape.  Long haired dogs will need to be clipped with a minimum #7 blade to help the tape stick and also for maximum efficacy.


Puppies

Puppies injure very easily.  Their muscles aren’t fully formed yet and their bodies aren’t as strong as adult dogs and they tend to overexert themselves wrestling with each other. 

Muscle sprains are one of the more common injuries seen in puppies.  Rough-housing and trauma are the main cause of most muscle sprains in puppies.  Overexertion of a muscle can cause a tear or stretch the muscle too far.

Regular treatments will detect any muscular issues before they become an issue. 

We will advise you of any muscular issues, pain, inflammation and weakness and attend to them before they cause a permanent imbalance. This is especially important for large and giant breed puppies who go through rapid growth spurts.  Start a muscular maintenance and conditioning program early in your dog’s life so that you can enjoy many more walks and outdoor activities with them well into their golden years.


PERFORMANCE DOGS

Conformation, rally-o, agility, retrieving, dock dogs - muscle therapy will enhance the performance of dogs competing in any sport.  The bodies of dogs in competitive sports must function at peak level like an elite human athlete. Regular muscle therapy, ‘tune-ups’  and conditioning exercises will keep their bodies fit and balanced; and should form an important part of their exercise and recovery program. Canine sports injuries are increasingly common (usually because athletic dogs tend to overwork muscles), but there is much you can do to catch them early, treat them correctly, and reduce the risk of your dog getting badly hurt, needing surgery, or having to retire from competition. 

 


COMPANION DOGS

Dogs who slip, slide, run into things and roughhouse with other dogs are prime candidates for muscular injuries. However the injuries aren’t always obvious. Dogs are stoic creatures and are very good at hiding injuries. As a result, we seldom realize that dogs are in pain until the damage is serious.  Left unchecked a small injury can morph into something more serious. Take a proactive approach - don’t wait until your dog shows obvious signs of lameness. Regular appointments will detect any muscular issues before they become an issue.


POST-PARTUM BITCHES

During the prenatal period physical and hormonal changes occur which can affect the musculoskeletal system.  These changes include altered posture, shortened muscles, potential muscle imbalances, as well as changes in spinal mobility and bony alignment. Despite these bodily changes I do not recommend that pregnant bitches have any muscular treatment in the first and third trimester.  Muscular treatments can begin in the postpartum phase. 

Similar to the prenatal period, during the postpartum phase, physical and hormonal changes can affect the musculoskeletal system. Atrophied muscle, spinal imbalances and weak core muscles are common physical states in the bitch after whelping a litter.  Speak to us about restoring balance to your bitch's musculoskeletal system and a conditioning exercise program to rebuild your bitch's body and help her stay strong and healthy.