Massage & The Senior Dog

It’s not only the athletes & the injured of the dog world who can benefit from Clinical Canine Massage Therapy.

Signs of ‘ageing’ you may see:

changes in mobility/exercise tolerance 

– stiffness

– general slowing down

– difficulties with activities in the home, getting in/out of the car, climbing the stairs

– changes in posture

– changes in general demeanour, reluctance to be stroked, hiding away

*These classic signs we see with the ageing dog can all be reduced with the aid of regular Clinical Canine Massage*

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When assessing the senior dog, the clinical canine massage therapist will also evaluate for any other contributing factors, these could include:

– Chronic, degenerative disease, most commonly Osteoarthritis

– Previous injury/surgery predisposing the affected joint to early arthritic change

– Breed Disposition, large & giant breeds are genetically predisposed to joint issues & a shorter life span

– Hard working/sport life

– Inappropriate exercise

– Home life


How can I help your senior dog?

– Directly addressing the tight, stiff muscles which will lead to improved Mobility, Flexibility & a reduction in Stiffness. Massage can be used as a very effective form of natural pain relief

– Improving the lymphatic flow through the body enabling the excretion of waste & toxins from both the muscles & the body as a whole

– Promoting natural lubrication through the joints, increasing joint flexibility & a reduction of inflammation

– Improving Posture, by relieving the muscles of their unnatural tightened state, the body can relax back into a more natural, comfortable posture

– Promoting a sense of well being

– Slow down the progression of clinical signs as seen above

An improved quality of life 


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