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Healing Paws: Exploring the Benefits of Manual Therapy & Canine Massage

Manual Therapy and Canine Massage

What is Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy is the application of techniques including massage, stretching, myofascial trigger point release and joint mobilizations to address soft tissue abnormalities, joint dysfunction and pain. A combination of these techniques can increase blood and lymphatic circulation helping to flush toxins from the tissues. Ultimately, this can result in reduced pain and stiffness and increased range of motion and flexibility for your pet. Manual therapies are often used in conjunction with other safe and effective rehabilitation modalities to address the individualized needs of your furry friend.

  • Therapeutic Canine Massage - moving and manipulating the tissues of your pet to stretch and relax the musculature and surrounding structures. A variety of hand techniques can be used depending on the goals of the treatment.

  • Myofascial Trigger Point Release - hand and pressure techniques used to address irritable points of tension in your dog's musculature. Trigger points can happen for a variety of reasons but often cause pain and decreased function in a muscle.

  • Joint Mobilizations - manual techniques used to improve range of motion at a joint and restore function in its surrounding structures. This can include a combination of larger limb movement or tiny oscillations at the joint site.

The Benefits of Manual Therapy and Canine Massage

Manual therapies offer a wide range of potential benefits to your dog, including:

  • Identifies Potential Health Issues: A professional hands-on evaluation can help identify strengths and weaknesses in your pet’s anatomy. Certified canine rehabilitation practitioners use this information to make informed decisions about the challenges that your dog may be facing. A collaborative, multimodal approach is best suited to guide your dog on the road to recovery.

  • Injury Rehabilitation: The application of hands-on techniques creates a trusting relationship between practitioner and pet. This rapport between human and animal can prove vital in making strides during a rehabilitation program. In many cases, your dog may be vulnerable or even painful at the site of a massage, stretch, or trigger point release. Manual therapy can help your dog relax by easing some of their physical discomfort.

  • Improves Circulation: Manual therapy is a great way to increase blood flow and oxygen to a healing site. It can enhance lymphatic drainage and help carry metabolic waste away from internal organs. These effects can assist the healing process and decrease injury recovery time.

  • Boost Immune System: Reducing stress, supporting detoxification, and enhancing circulation can help your dog remove toxins and waste, leading to better immune health.

  • Lessens Age-Related Issues: Aging dogs often experience decreased flexibility and increased joint stiffness. This can lead to muscle imbalances, discomfort and underlying injuries. Manual therapy is a great way to enhance mobility, provide pain relief, and restore proper function to your dog's anatomy.

Are Manual Therapies Safe For My Pet?

Evaluating the Safety of Manual Therapies

In the hands of a certified professional, manual therapies can be a safe and effective tool in helping your dog regain its form. However, these therapies are best utilized in a well rounded treatment program that addresses the root cause of your pets ailment. Modalities such as electrical stimulation, laser therapy, electromagnetic field therapy and therapeutic exercise can be used in combination with manual therapies to address your dog as a whole.

Kindred K9 Healing works closely with pet owners and veterinarians to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet. After all, no one knows your dog like you do. Contact us today and we can help your furry friend get back on its paws!

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