Manual Therapy

Canine manual therapy refers to a hands-on approach and is the backbone used by trained professionals to assess and treat musculoskeletal issues, pain, and mobility problems in dogs. It involves the skilled manipulation of the dog’s soft tissues, joints, and muscles to improve function, alleviate pain, and promote overall well-being.

There are different techniques used in canine manual therapy, including:

  • Massage techniques involve applying manual pressure and manipulation to the dog’s muscles and soft tissues to promote relaxation, improve circulation, and reduce muscle tension. Massage can help relieve pain, increase flexibility, and enhance the dog’s overall range of motion.

 

  • Joint mobilization techniques involve gentle, controlled movements of the joints to improve joint mobility, reduce stiffness, and restore normal joint function. This can be beneficial for dogs with conditions such as arthritis or joint injuries.

 

  • Stretching exercises help to improve a dog’s flexibility, increase muscle elasticity, and alleviate muscle imbalances. Specific stretches are tailored to target problem areas or specific muscle groups.

 

  • Myofascial release techniques focus on releasing tension and restrictions in the connective tissues (fascia) surrounding muscles and organs. This helps improve tissue mobility and reduce pain.

 

Canine manual therapy should only be performed by professionals such as certified canine rehabilitation practitioners. It is often used as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program, alongside other modalities like exercise, underwater treadmills, and laser therapy, to address specific musculoskeletal conditions or injuries.

It’s important to consult with a qualified professional who can assess your dog’s condition and determine if manual therapy is appropriate for them. They can develop a customized treatment plan that addresses your dog’s individual needs and helps them achieve optimal health and function.

Manual therapy will be a big part of our dogs treatment plan along with laser therapy and more