Benefits & Effects of Clinical Canine Massage

Massage has long been recognised for its benefits in the human world but how about your dog?

This hands on, manipulative therapy not only addresses the primary issue but treats the body as a whole, relieving the body of muscular imbalance & areas of overcompensation.

Research supports the science behind massage, indicating that it may affect a variety of physiological systems as well as the fascia and cellular components of the musculoskeletal system.

Not only does it directly benefit the musculoskeletal system but can produce overall positive effects on the lymphatic, nervous and cardiovascular system.

Recognised benefits can include: 

* Release of tight, restricted, congested muscles leading to improved mobility

* Reduced activity of nociceptive pain receptors, aiding pain relief

Improved range of motion

* Release of painful and restrictive trigger points. A trigger point, otherwise known as a ‘knot’, is a motor nerve irritation within a muscle body. The presence of a trigger point can restrict muscle action

* Remodelling of restrictive scar tissue

* Myofascial release to normalise the fascia & improve muscle function

* Reduced physiological stress responses

* Enhanced performance in the competition dog


Will my dog benefit from Clinical Massage Therapy?

Each dog Karen treats is different. Discussing your dog’s needs before treatment is very important. Clinical Canine Massage Therapy can have a profound and positive effect on health issues and related behaviours. Canine Massage plays a key role in the management of chronic, painful orthopaedic conditions.


– Hip Dysplasia 

– Spinal Disease

Neurological Disease, including degenerative myelopathy 

– Cruciate injury/disease

– Elbow Disease

– Soft tissue/muscular injury

* muscular strains are the most commonly seen soft tissue injury, strains respond quicker & better to massage therapy than any other form of physical therapy *