Each therapy will be a combination of different services, tailored to your dog’s need. At the beginning of the session I will enquire the animal’s history, analyse the gait and check for movement abnormality. A hands on assessment follows to further investigate any muscle tightness/weakness, etc. At the end of the session I check for improvement and come up with a treatment plan. The initial consultation is $70 and will go for around 45 minutes. Follow up appointments are between $40-60 (depending on travel) and are around 30 minutes. Note, if travel time is more than 30 minutes prices will be adjusted.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Myo-Manipulative functional Therapy is a very safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue to eliminate pain or restore motion. I use a range of massage techniques, such as Swedish Massage to relax the dog, Gua Sha to work on scar tissue, Shiatsu to balance the dog’s Ki energy.
Benefits of Myo-Manipulative functional Therapy :
– Strengthens muscle and tendon integrity
– Achieves structural balance
– Improves blood circulation to promote healthy muscles
– stimulates lymphatic drainage to promote healthy joints
– improves a range of movement and body balance
– reduces muscle tension
Body Adjustments Therapy (Dogs and horses)
I am a qualified Animal Neuro-myofascial Release Therapy (ANMRT) practitioner. This technique is a soft tissue technique and aids in restoring proper communication between the spinal segments and the brain, releases associated soft tissues and allow the body to “re-set” the joint. I use an animal adjusting tool that makes a clicking noise. Some animals may need time to get used to the sound.
Benefits of the ANMRT
– promotes spine alignment
– strengthen and rehabilitate atrophied muscles
– return muscles to normal tonus and function
– re-establish range of motion and posture
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
Remember the old game of telephone children used to play with two tin cans connected to each other by a rope? This is the same type of communication that occurs within the body through the meningeal system, from the cranium down the spinal cord to the sacrum. The cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) passes between two layers of the meninges and thus slowly circulates over the central nervous system. CST is a safe and non-invasive technique that brings with it many lasting and beneficial results. By partnering it with therapies, your dog’s innate healing abilities can be greatly enhanced.
If you have visited a Physio, the chances are that they may have used some Kinesiology Taping on you. It is a stretchy, athletic tape that sticks directly to the skin (or in this case to the hairs) to improve function. I use special Canine Rocktape that has a stronger glue so it sticks better. It can help with back, shoulder, hip and knee pain. It can improve lymphatic and blood circulation and reduce inflammation.
I use Doterra essential oils. Dogs are very different from humans and there are certainly some oils that cannot be used. However, I find that adding Aroma Therapy to any of my other sessions very beneficial. I also have some blend recipes that help for car sickness, anxieties, etc.