Canine Myo-Manipulative Functional Therapy
What is that you may ask?
It is a tailored remedial massage that incorporates several different styles depending on the dog’s need. This includes:
- Shiatsu (similar philosophy than acupuncture and works with the meridians to balance the Ki energy of your dog.
- Swedish massage (traditional massage to relax and warm up the tissues)
- TMJ Massage (focuses on the jaw – temporomandibular joints) – great when your dog constantly gets ear infections.
- Myofascial Massage, which focuses on the myofascial system of the dog’s body, including ligaments and tendons.
- Gua Sha Massage to help with scar tissues
Animal Neuro-Myofascial Release Technique (ANMRT)
ANMR, is a body alignment technique for both small and large animals (I mainly work on horses and dogs). It is a muscle release technique (not chiropractic) and uses an adjuster that puts motion into the soft tissues surrounding and adjacent to the vertebral column and other joints. This allows the animal’s body to “reset” itself. It does make a click sound and can occasionally startle the animal. This Therapy can lead to improvements t in posture, range of motion and gait.
Canine Craniosacral Therapy
We all have a craniosacral rhythm, that flows from the skull (cranium) down the spinal cord to the sacrum. This rhythm is similar to the heartbeat, but instead of pumping blood it circulates Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF). The CSF nourishes the Central Nervous System and changes in its flow can directly impact it. The therapy focuses on the craniosacral rhythm and can release some blocks and traumas.
If you have had a physio session you may have had Kinesiology taping. It is a stretchy sticky tape that will stick to the dog’s hair and help with inflammation, bulging discs and generally help improve function.