I look forward to meeting with you and your pet to discuss a treatment plan that is ideal for your dog's needs to improve range of motion, relieve pain and improve their overall well-being.
Canine Myo-Manipulative Functional Therapy is a form of therapeutic, restorative massage for dogs. It is a combination of techniques including Swedish Relaxation Massage, stretching, Shiatsu, Gua Sha and Acupressure. This technique can identify and heal areas of dysfunction. It can restore communication between spinal segments and the brain and releases associated soft tissues and allows the body to re-set a negatively affected joint.
Some benefits of Canine Myo-Manipulative Functional Therapy Include
This technique is used to physically and mentally relax the dog
and warm up their muscles.
Swedish Relaxation Massage concentrates on the nervous system, eliciting the parasympathetic response by utilizing foundation massage strokes. This sends messages to the brain, helping to keep basic functions of the body working as they should.
Gua Sha is an alternative therapy that involves lightly scraping skin with a massage tool to improve circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better overall health and well being. Gua Sha means "scrape sand". A smooth edged massage tool is used to lightly perform short or long strokes over the skin to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. The microadhesions beneath the skin can be felt, similar to the consistency of sand. Massage oil or gel is applied to the skin, and then the tool is used to repeatedly lightly scrape the skin in a downward motion.
Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing by activating sensory receptors in the body called proprioceptors. Proprioceptors are responsible for forming reflex circuits which are key for flexibility, balance and entire locomotor system.
Aromatherapy can be incorporated into various types of massage by introducing high quality essential oils that are safe and beneficial for dogs, to enhance relaxation, balance mood, relieve pain and aid in digestion, when applied topically or diffused aromatically.
Shiatsu is a part of Oriental medicine that shares its philosophy with acupuncture and is a hands on treatment focusing on the dog's energy meridians to balance the flow of chi.